Lyndhurst is a small town in the centre of the New Forest, and is a common starting point for visits to the National Park since the information centre also has a great deal of useful ideas and information about activities and places to visit.
It is a pretty place to stop and explore, and to visit one of the many pubs and restaurants that Lyndhurst has to offer, or to browse among the numerous small shops.
The Saint Michael and All Angels church is a local landmark, a 19th century red-brick church best known for its stained glass windows, including designs by well known founders of the Arts and Crafts movement such as William Morris.
The New Forest Museum (next to the Visitor Centre, in the car park) is also found in Lyndhurst, and is an interesting look at the history, industry and management of the forest.
Places to visit near to Lyndhurst
Visitors to Lyndhurst usually take the short excursion to see Bolton's Bench, a picturesque small hill next to the town with a giant ancient yew tree on top, from which there are pretty views across the town and the moorlands of the New Forest. There are also various trails that start from Bolton's Bench if you would like to further explore the area.
The nearby hamlets of Emery Down and Swan Green are also very picturesque, with their picture-postcard cottages and woodland setting.