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The Georgian market town of Lymington is set on the coast in the beautiful New Forest National Park, between Southampton and Bournemouth. Famous for its sailing history, there are two large marinas filled with fishing boats and yachts, as well as two sailing clubs. The town’s narrow streets are lined with pretty period cottages and houses, as well as plenty of local pubs and restaurants.
Lymington High Street has several independent shops and designer boutiques, as well as a local market held each Saturday which dates back to the 13th century. At the bottom of the High Street, a cobbled road leads down to the Old Town Quay, which is still used by a number of commercial fishing boats. There is often a chance to buy fresh fish on the waterfront. From here you can take a stroll along the waters edge and soak up the atmosphere of this renowned sailing resort.
Lymington High Street was also home to Captain Arthur Phillip RN, First Governor of New South Wales and founder of Sydney when he returned to England from Australia. While in Lymington he was promoted to Rear Admiral and commanded the Sea Fencibles and the Pressgang Service for the whole of England
Lymington is surrounded by the beautiful countryside of the New Forest, where opportunities for outdoor activities are abundant. The Solent Way footpath provides a great coastal walk with fantastic views of the Needles and the Isle of Wight. Located to the west of the town is Hurst Castle located on a shingle spit which stretches out into the Solent. This area is a significant coastal nature reserve, recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Located just outside of the town is the Wightlink ferry port, from which a car ferry travels to Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight.
Lymington is home to 19th century open sea water baths, the oldest of its kind in the UK. These baths are popular with all ages throughout the summer months, and are an important part of the town’s history.
Map & Directions
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From Junction 1 of the M27, take the A337. Follow this road south through Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst until you arrive at Lymington.
Public Transport Directions
The Lymington line is a branch off the main Waterloo to Weymouth line, change at Brockenhurst for Lymington Town and Lymington Pier (for the Ferry).
The main Lymington bus services are to Southampton (56/56A) and Bournemouth (X1). During the summer the New Forest Open Top Bus service takes you on a circular trip around the New Forest, it's a hop on hop off service (on the same ticket).