Brockenhurst in the heart of The New Forest is a main hub for public transport in the New Forest and has a good choice of shops, pubs, restaurants and regular local produce markets. Ponies and donkeys often wander up to the gates of B&Bs in this central National Park village which is surrounded by open forest. From Brockenhurst there are a network of cycle and walking routes excellent for seeing more of the New Forest’s ancient woodlands and heathlands. For a more leisurely tour you can hop on the New Forest Open Top Bus Tour which stops at Brockenhurst, running around the National Park daily across peak summer season.
Brockenhurst lies between Lymington and Lyndhurst and is on the main Weymouth to London railway line. The main bus interchange for the New Forest area is in Brockenhurst making it an easy location to visit by public transport. There’s a large public car park behind the High Street close to the main shopping area. It’s a large village and has a good choice of amenities including pubs, shops and tearooms. There are regular Farmers’ and Producers’ Markets on Sundays where you can pick up local produce direct from the farmers and commoners of the New Forest. The village is the perfect New Forest base for golf lovers. Premier golf course Brockenhurst Manor Golf Club sits on the southern edge of the village and warmly welcomes visitors.
St Nicholas Church
St Nicholas Church, situated on top of a hill, is believed to date from Pagan times. The mound on which it stands was built up around that time. There are Roman bricks and second and third century masonry built into the south porch. In the churchyard is a yew tree known as the Great Yew-tree. It’s renowned as the oldest tree in the New Forest at over 1,000 years old. There are around one hundred soldiers from New Zealand and India buried in the cemetery at St Nicholas Church. They died in the field hospitals at Brockenhurst during the First World War. An annual memorial service is held on the nearest Sunday to Anzac Day.
New Forest & Hampshire County Show
The New Forest and Hampshire County Show is held at New Park in Brockenhurst. It’s regarded as one of the best agricultural and equestrian shows in the country, and takes place across three days during the summer .Visitors are warmly welcomed, and it’s an opportunity to see traditional breeds, skills and fine local produce. There’s a range of competitions, animal races, show jumping, food and craft marquees, a flower show and many more events that should keep the family occupied all day. During the event there is free parking and a pay-as-you-go shuttle bus service from the Brockenhurst mainline station. The show attracts in the region of 90,000 visitors, so book accommodation early and prepare yourself for traffic congestion in the area while the show’s on. Host venue New Park is a historic park where red and fallow deer graze throughout the year. It is surrounded by ancient woodland and hosts a variety of events such as caravan club rallies and regular polo matches for the New Forest Polo Club.
Stay in a B&B, luxury hotel or cottage in Brockenhurst and get the best of both worlds – a central National Park base surrounded by open forest and easy access to Lymington and the Solent Coast just 4 miles away. Getting here is easy by road. From the M3 and M27 west, leave the motorway at Junction 1 and follow the clear signage for Lyndhurst. Take a left at the very first traffic lights in the High Street, then a right onto the A337 which is signposted to Brockenhurst. The village also has its own station served by regular, fast rail services from Southampton and London Waterloo. The New Forest has excellent rail links making it easy to leave the car behind. Trains also run from Brockenhurst to Lymington where you can pick up ferry services to Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight.
Where to Stay
If you’re looking for luxury in the New Forest you’ll find it here in Brockenhurst in the heart of The National Park. The village is renowned for its choice of stunning independent hotels which include a mix of classic country house hotels, cosy boutique cottage hotel gems and some stunning spa leisure hotels. Luxury holiday lodges and cottages are also plentiful in the area, some of which include outdoor hot tubs and breathtaking contemporary or heritage designs. Browse Brockenhurst accommodation below and book online or direct with iknow.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.