Places to visit  in the New Forest and East Dorset

The area between Southampton and Swanage is quite a special area and contains some of the best countryside and coastlines in the UK. All these Places to Visit shown on the map are within reasonable travelling distance from Lymington.

To the east of the map we have the New Forest with a large area of heathland and forest to explore. If you are driving, the Forestry Commission has 134 car parks to start your walk from. Or if you are using public transport, there are two Cycle Hire businesses based along the south side of Brockenhurst station and many miles of well-maintained and signposted trails nearby.

To the south of this we have Lymington, famous for it’s sailing and historic High Street. From Lymington you can catch a ferry to Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight. People say that the island has the feel of England as it was in the 195Os. A popular destination is to catch a bus from Yarmouth to Freshwater and walk along the coast to Compton Bay. This coastline in the south of the island, is remote, quiet and stunning.

Lymington also has a coastal Nature Reserve that extends for five miles down to the small coastal fishing village of Keyhaven. Next to Keyhaven is a large shingle spit that extends one and a half miles out into the Solent, at the end of which is Hurst Castle originally built in 1544 by Henry XIII.

Farther along the coast where the Rivers Stour and Avon meet is the historic town of Christchurch. Then along the Christchurch, Bournemouth, Poole and Studland Bay coastline are 14 miles of some of the best sandy beaches in the country.

Poole Harbour (west side of the map) is the second biggest harbour in the world and offers plenty of watersports in its shallow waters. Also there are ferry trips from Poole Quay to Brownsea Island, one of the islands in the harbour and run by the National Trust.

Inland from Poole and in the beautiful dorset countryside are the historic market towns of Winborne Minster and Blandford Forum. To the south of Poole is the Isle of Purbeck which has some of the best countryside in the UK, including Arne Nature Reserve and a World Heritage coastline running along from Swanage.

Places to visit in the New Forest Blashford LakesHinton AmpnerHinton AmpnerDurlston Castle & Country Park
Adv. Wonderland  
  Arne Nature Reserve  
Athelhampton House  
Avington Park  
  Badbury Rings  
Backstage Tours  
  Barton On Sea  
Beaulieu Pony Sales  
  Beaulieu Village  
Blackgang Chine  
Blandford Museum  
  Blashford Lakes*  
  Blue Pool  
  Boldre Church  
Breamore House  
  Brownsea Island  
  Buckland Rings  
  Buckler’s Hard  
  Calshot Castle  
Cathedral Close  
Ceramics Café  
Carisbrooke Castle  
Charles Dickens Mus.  
  Chettle House  
Classic Boat Museum  
  Compton Acres  
  Corfe Castle  
  Country Shows  
Dimbola Museum  
  Durlston Castle  
Eastleigh Lake. Railway  
  Edmondsham House  
Elingtide Mill  
  Exbury Gardens  
Farmer Palmer's  
Fordingbridge Museum  
  Furzey Gardens  
Hamptworth Lodge  
  Hardy’s Cottage  
  Harold Hillier Gardens  
  Hatchet Pond  
  Heavy Horse Centre  
  Hengistbury Head  
  Heritage Walks (Soton)  
  Highcliffe Castle  
Hinton Ampner  
Historic Dockyard  
  Hurst Castle  
Jane Austen  
Kingston Lacy  
  Knightwood Oak  
  Knoll Gardens  
Longdown Farm  
  Long Slade Bottom  
  Lymington Church  
  Lymington Reedbeds  
  Lymington Quay  
  Lymington Slipway  
  Lymington Nature Res.  
  Lymington Tours  
Manor Farm  
  Martin Down NR  
Marwell Zoo  
  Milford On Sea  
Model Town  
Monkey World  
Moors Valley  
Mottisfont House  
  National Gardens  
  Needles Battery  
  Netley Abbey  
Newforest Museum  
New Forest Wildlife Park  
  Newtown Town Hall  
  Newtown Quay  
  Florence Nightingale  
Osborne House  
Poole Museum  
Poole Pottery  
  Poole Quay  
Priest’s House  
Priory Church  
Raptor & Reptile
Red House
Ringwood Brewery
Romsey Abbey
Royal Victoria Park
  Roydon Woods
Russell Cotes
  Saints FC
Sammy Miller
Scaplen's Court
Sea City Museum
  Setley Pond
Solent Sky
Soton Art Gallery
  Spinners Garden
  Stanpit Marsh
St Barbe Museum
  Swanage Railway
Tank Museum
  Testwood Lakes
Tudor House
  Tyneham Village
  Upton Park
Wimbourne Church
  Wilverley Plain
Wimborne Market
  Yarmouth Castle
  130 places to visit in the New Forest and East Dorset updated 23 August 2015