The largest village within the New Forest in Hampshire, England, Lyndhurst is often called the "Capital of the New Forest" and is a popular town featuring many shops, cafés, pubs and hotels.
Lyndhurst is also home to the New Forest Museum, which houses a number of exhibitions of the local history of the area. Lyndhurst is famous as the home of Alice Liddell, also known as Alice Hargreaves, the inspiration for Alice in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, who lived in Lyndhurst and is buried in the town’s church.
The church itself is a major landmark, being built of many different colours of brick during the 1860s. It contains an important fresco by Lord Leighton and stained glass by Charles Kempe, William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. Other major landmarks include Bolton's Bench, a picturesque hill to the east of the village and a row of much photographed thatched cottages.
Furzey Gardens, School Lane, Minstead, Lyndhurst SO43 7GL (02380) 812 464
Billed as “a haven of peace and tranquillity in the New Forest”, Furzey Gardens was established in 1922 and contains a global collection of rare and beautiful plants.
Set in its grounds is Cobb Cottage; a 16th Century restored forest cottage reputedly made from Tudor timbers taken from the boatyards at Lymington.