Lyndhurst has been known as the capital of the New Forest since William the Conqueror established it as a royal hunting ground in 1079, and it is the ideal starting point for visitors. Use the interactive Google map on the right to explore Lyndhurst and other areas of the New Forest.
Drop in at the Visitor Information Centre situated in the Main Car Park off the High Street, Lyndhurst. The centre is open all year, Monday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. As well as supplying local guide books and maps, it has a Museum and Gift Shop.
Along the High Street through the village there are many shops, tea rooms, old world pubs, cafes and restaurants to explore. Lyndhurst lays claim to fame with Alice in Wonderland through a former Lyndhurst resident Alice Liddell, Lewis Carroll's inspiration for the novel. Her grave is in the churchyard of Saint Michael and All Angels, Lyndhurst.
One of my favourite eating places here is the Mad Hatter Tea Rooms,10 High Street, not far from the church, and they also have a selection of "Alice in Wonderland" memorabilia for purchase.
The Verderers' Court is located here in the Verderers' Hall, The Queen's House, Lyndhurst. Each month it convenes to deal with matters relating to the overall management of the New Forest.
Also based in The Queen's House are the The Forestry Commission District Offices for South England. The staff here look after the public forests and land in their care.
Welcome to Lyndhurst
The A35 west side approach into Lyndhurst.
The Visitor Centre in the main car park.
Lyndhurst Community Centre
The Community Centre is on the opposite side of the main car park from the Visitor Centre.
Views of the High Street
The Mad Hatter Tea Rooms
The Queen's House
Saint Michael and All Angels Church / Alice Memorial
Boltons Bench car parks
A large parking area in which to start your exploration of this beautiful area.
Various views of, and around, the large yew tree which is one of the village’s best known landmarks.
Lyndhurst War Memorial
Situated next to Boltons Bench car park. This has the names of 68 World War I casualties, 22 World War II casualties and 1 Falklands War casualty.
Trig Point (Triangulation Pillar) on 'The Ridge' above Boltons Bench.
Williams Copse, Pondhead Inclosure
The entrance to this Inclosure is about 1/4 mile east from Parc Pale car park, along Beaulieu Road (B3056).
The plaque here (Grid Ref: SU 308 073) reads:
Williams Copse Nine hundred Sessile Oak were planted here in 1979 to commemorate the creation of the New Forest by William I in 1079. May it contribute to the sylvan pleasures of our successors.
I went here today (13 May 2015) with the intention of photographing an abundance of Bluebells - a recognised location for a great display - and I was not disappointed. And they are the NATIVE variety too ('Hyacinthoides non-scripta'), not the Spanish bluebell which is threatening our native species.
View from entrance to 'Pondhead Inclosure' along Beaulieu Road towards Lyndhurst.