New Forest WWII Exclusive Experience

Did you know how crucial the New Forest was during World War II? Learn more about the rich history, the facts and the in depth story of the New Forest’s involvement in WWII from our expert tour guides, whilst enjoying the beautiful sights of the forest today.

 

We’ll take care of everything you need for a fantastic day; picking you up in executive transport from pickup and drop off locations across London and the South, taking you to all the WWII points of interest across the New Forest. Our expert guides will be on hand all day, offering an abundance of information before taking you to lunch at any one of a number of our favourite local restaurants.

 

 

All-inclusive tour:

  • Travel by executive transport to and from the New Forest  

  • Expert guides

  • Entry to relevant education centres and attractions, avoiding queues

  • Lunch and a drink in a highly recommended pub or restaurant

  • A New Forest souvenir to remember the day

By the end of this tour you will understand the unique relationship between the Allied Forces and the New Forest. Known as one of the secrets of the forest, information about World War II in the New Forest is generally unknown by both visitors and residents alike. We’re here to change that. Together we will uncover unseen artifacts, videos, manuscripts and photographs that will shed light on what life was really like in wartime New Forest.

 

 

Itinerary:

We will drive you from the designated pickup point (London or the South) to the New Forest to begin an exploration of the unique relationship between the US and the New Forest.

The tour includes a visit to Beaulieu before moving on to the historic village of Buckler's Hard on the western bank of the Beaulieu River, base for hundreds of landing craft for the Normandy invasion.


You will also get a taste of 18th century life in the reconstructed cottage interiors within maritime village. Explore the Maritime Museum to learn more about the history of Buckler's Hard, Beaulieu and the other local towns and villages that housed allied forces during the war.

 

  • Learn about the vital role played by US forces in the New Forest, as well as the local spies and special agents, key to British wartime defence strategy

  • Listen to audio recordings, film and photographs from such US forces heroes as Captain Darrell Linsay and Jake Cooper

  • Learn about the visit of General Eisenhower to the New Forest in September 1946

 

The tour will then travel a few miles on to Lymington to enjoy a traditional lunch at a number of fabulous venues, such as the 18th Century King’s Head, situated on a pretty cobbled street or The Haven overlooking the stunning Haven Marina.


Following a guided tour of the St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery in Lymington, guests will then have an opportunity to browse the shops and boutiques on the High Street, using our exclusive discount card.