Lyndhurst has an excellent visitor centre, with exhibitions about the forest which will interest adults and children alike, as well as a mine of information about the area.
Beaulieu National Motor Museum and Bucklers Hard will delight anyone with a sense of romance for earlier times. The cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury have many other buildings of historical interest to explore, including Stonehenge, and nearby Christchurch has an abbey, an old mill and boating facilities.
Lymington has attractive cobbled streets, a vast marina and offers the opportunity for either short boat trips or the ferry to the Isle of Wight. Visit Osborne House, Queen Victoria´s fascinating summer residence, or Carisbrooke Castle plus the very many other interesting things to see including a prison!
Turn left at the bottom of Ornamental Drive, onto the A35, and after a few miles explore the coast and enjoy cliff top walks, nice beaches and seaside cafes. At Highcliffe and Barton on Sea, there are excellent golf courses. Milford on Sea is on the coast opposite the Isle of Wight where you can get excellent views of the famous Needles Lighthouse and it also has a nice beach and seaside cafe.
Bournemouth offers the usual seaside attractions in season and first class shopping all year long. Portsmouth and Southampton will provide something to interest everyone.
Poole offers a theatre, concert hall and boat trips, including those to Brownsea Island, the only place in Southern England where there are still red squirrels and the location of the first Scout Camp.
Exbury Gardens and Compton Acres are well worth a visit, especially in the spring when the rhododendrons, azaleas and camelias are in flower.