Become A Friend

It costs more than £1,000 a day to run the New Forest Heritage Centre. Become a friend and help protect and preserve the history of the New Forest.

Group Visits

From school visits to special interest groups, our education team can tailor sessions to meet your requirements

Christopher Tower Reference Library

Christopher Tower New Forest Reference Library is home to one of the largest collections of New Forest books, maps, photographs and other ephemera. Opening Hours: Wednesdays 10.00am - 4.00pm & Fridays 10.00am - 12.30pm

Youth groups

The New Forest Heritage Centre has provided education sessions about the New Forest for over 30 years. The Centre prides itself on being able to adapt education sessions for school to suit other youth groups, keeping the sessions fun and light hearted and, where possible, linked to activities the youth organisations already do such as challenge badges or skills progressions

The highly skilled education team can make sure sessions fit the age and varying abilities within your group.

Terms and conditions for group visits can be accessed here

Nicky Martenstyn

Nicky Martenstyn - Trustee

Nicky initially became involved with the Trust as she had recently moved to the area and is excited by what the Centre has to offer. She is deeply committed to the work of the Charity and, in particular, the ongoing work to promote what the New Forest and it’s history has for future generations.

Nicky has worked as a fundraiser for charities that include Marie Curie, Action on Hearing Loss and currently for the RNLI.

She is very much looking forward to hearing about how communities would like to get involved and support the Trust for the future.

Mrs Jackie Neylon

Mrs Jackie Neylon - Trustee

Jackie set up her own PR company in 1999, after a career in nursing and marketing, and now advises companies large and small on how to raise their profile, spending little or no money. The strap line for her company is ‘Marketing Without a Budget’ so she is very popular!

She is probably best known locally as the Press Officer for The New Forest & Hampshire County Show- a post she held for 12 years – and The Master Builder’s House Hotel, though her clients have spanned virtually every industry.

As well as being a Trustee for the New Forest Ninth Centenary Trust, Jackie is on the board of the Ashurst Marine Consultancy, a Non Executive for Oakhaven Care and a Family Health Services Appeal Authority Panel member.

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The New Forest Heritage Centre is conveniently located in the centre of Lyndhurst (a village known as the capital of the New Forest), adjacent to the main pay & display car park behind the High Street.

If you are using a SatNav the postcode is SO43 7NY, alternatively you can click here for a map.

By Road

The New Forest lies to the west of Southampton Water in south-west Hampshire. If you are travelling from Southampton, London or the east, exit the M27 at Junction 1, signed Cadnam and head southwards into the New Forest.

If you are travelling from the west, you can use the A31 from Dorset. From the north, take either the A338 from Salisbury to Ringwood in the west of the Forest, or the A36 to Totton in the east.

We are located in the large main Pay and Display car park in Lyndhurst. There are several parking spaces for disabled persons beside the Centre.

The Centre is also signposted with brown heritage signs on all the major routes into Lyndhurst.

By Cycle

The New Forest offers over 200km waymarked cycle routes, much of it off road and traffic free. The station at Brockenhurst allows you to bring your bikes and get straight out into the forest or if you don’t have bikes with you pop in to one of the many cycle hire centres.

By Bus

The New Forest is served by a public bus network, which provides the opportunity to travel around the area by bus.

Bluestar Buses – Southampton 023 8061 8233

Wilts & Dorset – Salisbury 01722 336855

Leaving a legacy

Gifts left in wills are usually known as legacies, and there are a number of different legacy types to choose from:

  • Pecuniary Legacy – a fixed sum of money
  • Specific Legacy – a specific item of value, such as an item of property, a piece of jewellery or a painting
  • Residuary Legacy – the whole or a percentage of your estate after providing for loved ones and covering administrative expenses

“Very informative. Wonderful museum with hundreds of years of history including wartime history, the history of farming and links to Alice in Wonderland. A lovely introduction to the New Forest!”
Eimeargency – TripAdvisor

Sharing the history of the New Forest

Why is the Forest ‘New’? Who owns the ponies? Who are the Commoners and what are their rights?

Room rate Not for profit organisation / charity Commercial organisation
Hourly £15 £20
Half Day £40 £60
Whole Day £75 £100
Refreshments Per head
Tea & coffee (one session) £2
Tea, coffee, biscuits (one session) £3
Tea & coffee
(two or more sessions)
Tea, coffee, biscuits
(two or more sessions)

What's in a Place-name? By Katharine Walker and Patrick Keane

A tour through New Forest place-names.

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Make a donation now and ensure that the treasures of the New Forest live on to inspire people today and forever.

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Make a donation now and ensure that the treasures of the New Forest live on to inspire people today and forever.

"There are lots of interesting displays that our boys loved. Our 4 year old loved the matching animals with their poos game! There is also a reading and colouring area and an area for building blocks. It kept all our family happy for a couple of hours. It has information on the local places to visit nearby and we picked up some leaflets to read which helped us to choose where to visit."

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