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The official hunting ground of William the Conqueror

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The pretty village of Lyndhurst has been known as the Capital of the New Forest since William the Conqueror turned it into a royal hunting ground in 1079.

Lyndhurst is a small Hampshire village with a remarkable past. For many years, members of the Royal Family stayed in the village’s manor house during hunting expeditions.

This ancient building, known as the Queen’s House, is one of Lyndhurst’s most famous historical landmarks. Alice Pleasance Liddel, the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wanderland, spent most of her life in Lyndhurst and her grave can be found at the Church of St. Michael and All Angels.

Ancient architecture

The village is scattered with references to Carroll’s fantastical novel, including the eccentric Mad Hatter’s Tearoom.

Lyndhurst is surrounded by the beautiful New Forest, one of England’s biggest and most unspoilt areas of forest, pastureland and heath. Countless trails meander their way through this enchanting environment, which is a magnet for visitors who want to make the most of the great outdoors. As you walk or cycle through The New Forest, look out for deer, woodlark, grass snakes and red kites.

In the heart of Lyndhurst, you’ll find the excellent New Forest Centre, where you can delve into the forest’s past and find valuable information about how to make the most of the area. There are plenty of fun activities for children, as well as a nice café, gift shop and fascinating gallery.

For a fun family day out, visit Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary, a short drive from Lyndhurst. Here, you’ll find a viewing platform overlooking the meadow where a herd of fallow deer regularly gather. Also well worth a visit is The Reptile Centre, where you’ll discover a remarkable collection of snakes, lizards, toads and frogs.

Lyndhurst has a number of great cafes, pubs and restaurants where you can refuel after a day exploring the New Forest. La Pergola is a traditional, family-run Italian restaurant which serves some of the best pizzas in the area. Alternatively, check out The Herb Pot, a delightful deli, which serves good coffee and fresh seasonal food. For authentic Indian dishes, try Passage to India, one of Lyndhurst’s most popular places for a delicious evening meal.

“The pretty village of Lyndhurst has been known as the Capital of the New Forest since William the Conqueror turned it into a royal hunting ground in 1079.”

If you’re in the mood for a pint of ale next to a roaring fire, look no further than The Mailman’s Arms, which is known for its welcoming atmosphere, excellent Sunday lunches and pleasant beer garden.

Another traditional New Forest pastime is afternoon tea in an old-fashioned tearoom. Lyndhurst has a number of good ones, including Lyndhurst Tea House and Peggy May’s Café.

While you’re there

New Forest Reptile Centre

A fantastic family attraction allowing you to view reptiles like never before.

Bolton's Beach

A beautiful beach from which to enjoy a long walk or a dip in the clear waters.

Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary

Get close to the famous herd of Fallow deer which live in and around Bolderwood.

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