The eleventh century name of Ringwood was "Rincevede" which seems to have meant a ford or "wade" (vede) over a river or watercourse (rine). The modern spelling of the name has suggested to many people the idea of a place ringed by trees, and either meaning is valid, since the River Avon is still much in evidence, though bridged, and the growing population has pushed the encircling trees further from the centre of the town. Monmouth House near the Market Place is said to have lodged James, Duke of Monmouth after the battle of Sedgemoor. A weekly market is held on Wednesdays in the Market Place and the town celebrated the 750th anniversary of the Market Charter in 1976.
Avon Valley Path - Christchurch to Salisbury via Ringwood
Blashford Lakes - An area dedicated to leisure, conservation and water supply!
Breamore Countryside Museum - A major museum of country life, set in an old walled garden
Breamore House, Fordingbridge - A large Elizabethan house set in beautiful parkland
Furzey Gardens - Delightful landscape, extensive views, and an international reputation in horticulture
Martin Down - National Nature Reserve
New Forest Badger Watch - A truly unique, natural, pageant
New Forest Water Park - Great fun for all the family! Waterski ... Jet Ski ... Aquaride...
Tourist and Other Information sources
Local Tourist Information
Main Car Park,
Hampshire SO43 7NY
Telephone: (023) 8028 3914, (023) 8028 3444
Local Information Point
Hampshire BH24 1DW
Telephone: (01425) 474198
Ringwood Town Council
71 Christchurch Road
Telephone: (01425) 473883
Parking in Ringwood
Public car parks for long stay (situated between A31 and The Furlong) including Coach and lorry park plus 2 short stay car parks: The Furlong, situated between Meeting House Lane and the Furlong; and Blynkbonnie, situated between Christchurch Road and Bickerley Road. Access via Christchurch Road.
Variety of pubs, and places to eat in the High Street.
Access by Public Transport
Public Bus Services operate to Ringwood from Bournemouth, Southampton, Salisbury and Winchester.