You can get to the very heart of the New Forest by train. The best way to access the National Park is via Brockenhurst station, which is served by direct trains from London Waterloo, Basingstoke, Winchester, Southampton, Bournemouth, Poole and Weymouth, as well as by connecting services from Reading, Oxford and Birmingham. Other stations within walking distance of the New Forest National Park are Hinton Admiral, Lymington, New Milton and Totton.
The New Forest is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the country and has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Grab the kids, your walking boots and a picnic bag and head to the New Forest for a wonderful day surrounded by nature. For more information on visiting, take a look at the New Forest's official website.
|Weekdays||05:55 - 19:30|
|Saturday||06:30 - 19:30|
|Sunday||08:35 - 18:30|
|Staffing level||Part time|
|Telephone types||Coins and cards|
|Bureau de Change||Unavailable|
|Tourist Information Office||Unavailable|
|Customer Service notes|
Please contact our Customer Service Centre on 0345 6000 650
|Customer help points||Available|
|Weekdays||Open 24 hours|
|Saturday||Open 24 hours|
|Sunday||Open 24 hours|
|Carpark name||Station Car Park|
|Car parking spaces||240|
|Cycle storage spaces||86|
|Sheltered cycle storage||Available|
|Cycle storage CCTV||Available|
|Step-free access||Whole station|
|Step-free access notes|
There is step free access to all platforms via a lift.
|Ramps for train access||Available|
|Accessible ticket machines||Available|
|Accessible Booking Office counter||Unavailable|
One of the best-loved areas of countryside in Britain, the New Forest is a historical, ecological and agricultural gem, boasting heathland, grassland, bogland and coppice all in one 219 square mile space. The wildlife alone is worth the trip: ponies, cattle, boars and donkeys roam the Forest freely. The New Forest started life in around 1079, and was founded as a royal hunting ground for William the Conqueror. William and his royal friends would head out amongst the trees to hunt deer, but it was during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries that the woodland really grew to prominence as a key supplier of timber for naval shipbuilding for the Crown. Today the New Forest is an endlessly picturesque National Park, and there are numerous ways for visitors to explore it.
It's particularly popular with cyclists, horse riders, ramblers, with hundreds of miles of waymarked trails and bridleways. Watersports fans can enjoy it too, thanks to several rivers and lakes and a coastline that reaches into the sailing hotspot of Southampton Water and the Solent in the east. Add in pretty little villages and great family attractions such as Peppa Pig World and Beaulieu's famous motor museum, and you have the perfect rail break...