Lyndhurst in Hampshire, base for discovering the New Forest

We’ve already talked about Lyndhurst as a base for touring New Forest, but this place deserves more attention, in fact it has several things of interest as well as delightful surroundings. Lyndhurst has a long history dating back at least to Norman times, but possibly even earlier.

There is a medieval legend that states that a knight killed a dragon in Lyndhurst, the legend is called “The Bisterne Dragon”.

The National Park of New Forest it is not located very far from London e Lyndhurst in Hampshire it is often packed, especially on Bank Holidays and in the summer. If you want to go, book in advance. This village of 5,000 has tons of shops and stores, and hours can be spent just looking at the wares for sale.

One of the things to see is the Queen’s House (which is called King’s House when the monarch is male) a royal building which dates back to medieval times, in fact there is a certain Tudor look. It was used by royal families when they wanted to hunt up until the time of King George III (the Mad King).

If you want to explore the New Forest, a good place to start is the New Forest Museum . At the museum you will find the history of the forest and also what flora and fauna you can find there.

You cannot miss the church of St Michael and All Angels, a neo-Gothic construction built in 1800. Beloved by the artists of the time, it is no coincidence that the stained glass windows are the work of the pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones. In the cemetery you will find the grave of Alice Liddell who was none other than the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. The real Alice lived in this country as an adult.

The New Forest National Park

If you don’t have the time or inclination to explore the New Forest you can go up to Bolton’s Bench a knoll which offers good views of Lyndhurst and surrounds and where the famous New Forest ponies come to graze.

If you want to take pictures maybe for Instagram stop by Swan Green where you will find a number of quaint cottages that date back to the 1800s.

If you have time you can go to Minstead just 3km from Lyndhurst where you can find the grave of Arthur Conan Doyle, the writer of Sherlock Holmes. The grave is in the churchyard of All Saints Church which must be one of the few churches in the world that has armchairs! In Minstead you will also find i Furzey Gardens where you will see beautiful flowers and a nice view of the sea.

5 kilometers from Lyndhurst you can also find the New Forest Wildlife Park a park that also takes care of rescuing owls and otters. In fact, here you will find the largest concentration of otters in all of Europe.

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How to get to Lyndhurst in Hampshire?

To get to Lyndhurst from London you can take a train to Bournemouth (or go to Reading and from there take a train to Bournemouth) and get off at Brockenhurst where you will find a bus to Southampton (Bluestar 6) and get off at Lyndhurst.

It’s not worth doing as a day trip, the area offers too many things to visit and it’s better to stay at least three days.

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