Accommodation near the New Forest is mostly close to or within the main population centres of Southampton, Ringwood and Salisbury.
The forest itself is in the county of Hampshire and is bounded by Dorset to the west and Wiltshire to the north.
The cathedral city of Salisbury in the south of Wiltshire, is on the northern fringes of the New Forest and only a 15 minute drive. It makes a perfect centre from which to not only to visit the forest but to explore the historical sites such as Stonehenge for which the county of Wiltshire is renowned. Medieval Salisbury has a spectacular cathedral with a wide selection of shops, restaurants and entertainments in the city. You will not fail to be impressed by the cathedral spire soaring 123m (404 ft) above the city and visible for miles around.
The New Forest has National Park status and development within the forest is strictly regulated. The towns at the heart of The New Forest are Brockenhurst and Lyndhurst which become very congested at the height of the summer visitor season and accommodation is scarce. For more choice of accommodation you will need to look outside the Forest.
There is a choice of accommodation near The New Forest, bed and breakfast , self-catering and camping, in the villages of Downton, Landford and Redlynch in the south of Wiltshire with a good selection of hotel accommodation in Sallisbury
Originally the New Forest was created as a royal hunting area in 1079 by William I, better known as William the Conquerer, and today is very much governed by laws dating back to that time. As a result of the preservation of the forest we have a large unspoilt tract of heathland and forest in what is otherwise a crowded area, perfect for all manner of leisure acitvities, a place to unwind and relax. Accommodation near The New Forest