The Coastal Town of Lymington in the New Forest

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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.

Shopping and fishing in Lymington

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.

Coastal walks in Lymington

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.

Lymington - gateway to the Isle of Wight

Located just outside of the town is the Wightlink ferry port, from which a car ferry travels to Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight.  This route gives you both breath-taking views and the utmost convenience. It’s the fastest way to take your car or as a foot passenger across the Solent, with crossing times of just 40 minutes. The sea route will take you through the mouth of Lymington River and past Hurst Castle on a beautiful journey, which will set you up perfectly for your trip ahead. 

Outdoor swimming in Lymington

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.

Holiday accommodation in Lymington

Stay in your very own New Forest holiday cottage in Lymington or closeby in one of the charming villages of the National Park – with wildlife at every turn, acres of unspoilt ancient woodland, and miles of walking and bike trails dotted with tasty eateries to sample.

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  1. Hurst Castle

    Lymington

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  2. Forest Arts Centre

    New Milton

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    1 Jan 2024to31 Dec 2024
  3. Lymington Sea Water Baths

    Lymington

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    1 Jan 2024to31 Dec 2024
  4. Escape Yachting

    Lymington

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    1 Jan 2024to31 Dec 2024
  5. Sailing Spook

    Lymington

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    1 Jan 2024to31 Dec 2024
  6. Fuzzacker Guided Walks

    Lymington

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    1 Jan 2024to31 Dec 2024
  7. St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery

    Lymington

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    1 Jan 2024to31 Dec 2024Various Opening Times
  8. Jaunt-ebikes

    Milford on Sea, Lymington

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  9. Solent Rib Charter

    Lymington

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    1 Jan 2024to31 Dec 2024Open 09:00 - 17:00