Here for business, visiting friends or waiting to head off on a cruise? Southampton is the gateway to a great day!

On your bike! Southampton offers so much as a city and it’s green spaces and surrounding parks make a great active day out! Head down to Town Quay where you can pick up the Hythe Ferry to the small village of Hythe. Here you can hire some bikes from Cycle Experience. Once you’ve got your bikes make your way out of the village and before you know it you’ll be in The New Forest! This stunning National Park makes a great day out when you’re in Southampton and fancy a bit of peace and serenity.

A mere 5 mile cycle from Hythe and you’ll find yourself in the picturesque village of Beaulieu. Here you’ll find Fairweather’s Garden Centre, home to Steff’s Kitchen, where you can enjoy a well deserved coffee and cake break! Keep your active day going and pop in to New Forest Activities on Beaulieu High Street and you could enjoy paddling on the Beaulieu River or Archery in the forest (pre-booking recommended).

Canoeing with new Forest Activities

You could find some great walk-in deals available and don’t forget your voucher on page 27. Whilst in the village Beaulieu’s boutique shops are great locations to get some unique gifts and keepsakes from your visit.

An afternoon to remember! It’d be silly to visit Beaulieu and not head to the International Motor Museum and visitor attraction! Spend your afternoon here at Beaulieu, one inclusive ticket provides access to The National Motor Museum, World of Top Gear, Palace House & Gardens, Beaulieu Abbey, and unlimited rides on the Monorail & Veteran Bus; certainly plenty to keep you entertained!

Beaulieu New Forest

Finish up the day… Once you’ve finished your action-packed day head back to Hythe to return your bike and catch the ferry back over to Town Quay. Straight off the ferry head into one of the local bars or restaurants, such at The Dancing Man Brewery, Platform Tavern, or Ennios, and enjoy a well earned drink or meal.

Transport: Not keen on cycling? The New Forest Tour runs seasonally providing a hop-on-hop-off bus service around the forest, you can pick this up from right in front of the Hythe ferry.
For an alternative day out Exbury Gardens can be found just outside Beaulieu Village.