A restored and working water mill that uses the power of the tide.
Heritage Centre with information on operation of the mill and local history. Milling times are determined by the tide.
Café. Events programme. Tel. 023 8086 9575.
Open Apr-Sep, Daily 1000-1700. Oct-Mar, ThFSSu 1100-1600.
For another restored tide mill see Woodbridge in Suffolk.
A variety of coastal and wetland habitats on the River Test at the head of Southampton Water.
The reserve attracts large numbers of feeding wildfowl such as wigeon and teal, and supports many wildflowers including orchids.
The Test Way path passes through the reserve. Tel. 023 8066 7929. Admission free.
Open at all times but check tide times as some paths and boardwalks flood at high tide.
A mixture of open water, grassland and wet woodland forming part of the Test Valley floodplain.
The lakes support large numbers of overwintering wildfowl and waders which can be seen from viewing screens and hides.
The grassland is rich with wildflowers in summer. Visitor Centre with leaflets and activity sheets.
Tel. 023 8066 7929. Admission free.
Open Reserve open at all times (hides 1000-1600). Visitor Centre M-F 0900-1600, Sun 1300-1500, but may be closed for educational use.
OS Explorer Map for this area: New Forest
A family theme park with many rides and attractions including Peppa Pig World.
Gardens. Restaurant, café and food kiosks. Events programme. Tel. 023 8081 4442.
Open Apr-Sep, Daily 1030-1700. Oct-Mar, see website (days and times vary).
Bus X7/X7R from Station to entrance, shortly after the bridge over the M27. About 11 minutes journey, M-S hourly. Some journeys enter the Park, see timetable. Operated by Salisbury Reds. Buses also operate from Romsey and Southampton Central.
The Gardens are famous for rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias. Other highlights include herbaceous borders,
rare trees and shrubs, irises and water gardens. Riverside walk with views of Beaulieu River. 12¼" gauge steam railway.
Adventure play area. Tearoom. Tel. 023 8089 1203.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1730.
Bus 9 from Rushington Roundabout (¾ mile from station) to Blackfield Crossroads, then 1¾ miles walk. 35-40 minutes journey, M-S every 20 minutes, Sun & BH every 30 minutes. Also bus 8 from Station (and Rushington Roundabout), 50 minutes journey, M-S hourly. Operated by Bluestar. These buses also operate from Southampton Central. In summer New Forest Tour buses operate from Brockenhurst and Lymington to Exbury Gardens.
Calshot Castle is a Tudor artillery fort built to defend the sea passage to Southampton.
More recently it was used as a Navy and RAF base. Extensive views of the Solent from the top of the keep.
Open Apr-Sep, Daily 1030-1300, 1330-1630.
Bus 8 from Station to Calshot Beach then 1 mile walk, 60 minutes journey, M-S hourly. Also bus 9 from Rushington Roundabout (¾ mile from station), 45 minutes journey, Sun only. Operated by Bluestar. These buses also operate from Southampton Central.