Lyndhurst, New Forest, Hampshire
Lyndhurst has been the capital of the New Forest since William the Conqueror established it as a hunting ground, but that’s not necessarily why so many people come here, it’s because its’ such a lovely town. Well, actually, it’s not a town, it’s a big village, but there’s certainly plenty here, several interesting little shops and some nice places to eat, and it’s so charming – old red brick buildings and painted cottages, and in the summer there’s bunting strung across the streets, so there’s a notable holiday atmosphere.
A good starting point is The New Forest Centre where you can find out all about the history and heritage of the area; then go and see the church of St Michael & All Angels at the top of the High Street, and if you have a little peek around the graveyard you’ll see a headstone for Alice Hargreaves – she was Alice Liddell, the real life Alice in Wonderland and the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s famous book. So it would seem apt to go and have scones in the Mad Hatter Tea Rooms after that, wouldn’t it? But if you prefer something more pubby, then go to the Waterloo Arms, the Fox & Hounds or the Oak Inn. If you fancy trying some world flavours go to La Pergola for Italian or Anissa’s Thai Kitchen for authentic Thai food.
A nice way to spend a day is to go to Woods Cyclery, hire a bike and head off into the beautiful New Forest to explore. Nearby are several places well worth a visit - New Forest Reptile Centre, Furzey Gardens and Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary.
All information correct at the time of writing