The New Forest National Park has a special link to a very famous literary work. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll was written in 1865, and has become one of the most beloved stories in the world, influencing popular culture and literature for over 150 years.
The link between the story and the New Forest is an interesting one. Carroll, real name Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, met Alice Liddell and her siblings whilst they were on a trip to Oxford. He told them a story of a young girl who fell through a rabbit hole and arrived in a fantasy world. Alice loved the story so much she asked him to write it down, which he did, borrowing her name for the titular character.
Alice Liddell spent much of her life in Lyndhurst, a large village in the New Forest. Following her death in 1934, her ashes were buried at the local St. Michaels and All Saints Church. The village of Lyndhurst celebrates its link to Alice in Wonderland with a number of fantastic attractions, including various exhibitions and the Mad Hatter Tearooms where people can relive one of the most famous parts of the story.
There is also a 1-mile long guided walk around the village. It is graded as very easy, making it suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. The walk will take you along the high street to the forest and ends with a visit to Alice Liddell’s final resting place. There are 12 statues of characters from the story hidden in shop windows along the trail for people to find.
Lyndhurst is a fantastic place to visit for a fun day out, especially for fans of Alice in Wonderland. The village is located right in the heart of the New Forest, giving you the chance to enjoy a plethora of attractions and outdoor activities during your stay. At Harvest House we welcome all literary lovers to our bed and breakfast, offering comfortable rooms in a peaceful, relaxing setting. Whether you’re visiting for a short stay or are planning a longer trip, we are confident you will enjoy your time with us.