Lymington is a charming Georgian market town, nestled between the New Forest and the sea. The shops, bars and restaurants along with 2 large marinas and sailing clubs make Lymington the perfect base for exploring the New Forest and South coast.
Every Saturday Lymington’s lovely Georgian High Street is bustling with its famous Charter Market dating back to the year 1250. You'll also find a wide range of independent shops selling everything from nauticalia and antiques to clothes, shoes and foodie treats.
At the bottom of the high street, Quay Hill's cobbled lane winds down to Lymington river, the harbour, marinas and sea water swimming baths (complete with inflatable obstacle course!)
The Wightlink ferry for the Isle of Wight runs from Lymington Pier and we're close to the Solent Way, a 60 mile footpath running along the South Coast where you can walk through the salt marshes and along the sea wall to Keyhaven and Hurst Castle.
Things to do and places to see
All around Lymington is the beautiful New Forest National Park with delightful walks, drives and cycle paths. Take a trip through the New Forest and you'll see the abundant wildlife, with New Forest Ponies, cattle and donkeys roaming wild. In the autumn pigs are let loose across the New Forest to forage for acorns.
A short drive away, you'll find Beaulieu's famous Motor Museum, Palace and Abbey and the historic shipbuilding village of Bucklers Hard. Exbury gardens and steam railway are also nearby.
Horse riding can be booked at several locations locally and cycle hire is very popular in the New Forest with plenty of bike tracks to explore. The picturesque 9 hole Walhampton Golf Course overlooking the Solent welcomes visitors. And of course, we must mention that Peppa Pig World and Paulton's Theme Park are a 30-40 minute drive away.
Eating and drinking
The New Forest is a foodie's paradise with a huge array of gastropubs, luxury restaurants, farm shops and tea rooms. Here are some of our local favourites...
Cosy pub with open fires and daily fish specials
Gastropub on the outskirts of Lymington with daily specials
Marina based gastropub with large garden and outdoor bar
The Cliff House
Panoramic sea views from this cliff top gem in Barton-on-sea
The Ship Inn
Restaurant and bar with terrace overlooking the town quay
Renowned restaurant in the forest near Brockenhurst, famed for its kitchen garden and locally sourced produce
Marina based restaurant and bar with great views, terrace and seafood menu
A unique award winning fine dining French/English restaurant on the cobbles