9 Things to Do in Lymington That You Shouldn't Miss

February 12, 2018 Harland Bartelt

Lymington /ˈlɪmɪŋtən/ is a port town on the west bank of the Lymington River on the Solent, in the New Forest district of Hampshire, England. It faces Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, to which there is a car ferry service operated by Wightlink. It is within the civil parish of Lymington and Pennington.
Restaurants in Lymington

1. The Solent Way Walk

South Baddesley Road, New Forest National Park Hampshire, Lymington SO41 5ZB, England
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4.5 based on 177 reviews

The Solent Way Walk

Starting from Milford-on-Sea, this is a two-mile walk alongthe coast, ending at Hurst Castle, an ancient monument open year 'round, with a cafe. A ferry runs from the village of Keyhaven from Easter through summer months.

Reviewed By Andy-S60 - Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England

Four of us ventured out on hired bikes along this walkway/cycle path, and we had an excellent afternoon trundling towards Milford and back to Lymington. It was an easy ride, pretty much flat all the way, and once outside the town we virtually had the path to ourselves. Lovely views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight. A great way to spend a few hours!

2. Lymington Sea Water Baths

Bath Road, New Forest National Park Hampshire, Lymington SO41 3SE, England +44 1590 678882
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4.5 based on 162 reviews

Lymington Sea Water Baths

Reviewed By Susan B - Hythe, United Kingdom

I walked past this open air swimming pool and was surprised to see all its brightly coloured inflatable apparatus with people still enjoying the activities despite the Autumnal weather!
Some were in wet suits and some under instruction in canoes.
The Yacht Club over looked the activities from one side and the path beside the Marina allowed one to glimpse the whole pool.
There were info boards outside and an ice cream/ coffee kiosk at the entrance.
A unique attraction for lively nautical Lymington and a reminder of my own youth in Hertfordshire over 50 years ago - learning to swim in an open air pool and later being a life guard there before teacher training college in the 1960s

3. Lymington Yacht Haven

Kings Saltern Road, New Forest National Park Hampshire, Lymington SO41 3QD, England +44 1590 677071
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4.5 based on 85 reviews

Lymington Yacht Haven

Lymington Yacht Haven is a Five Gold Anchor Marina offering luxurious facilities, easy access to a number of exciting locations and a host of benefits to berth holders and visitors. Based in the mouth of Lymington River on the edge of the New Forest, Hampshire, the marina is the premier choice for sailors in the Solent due to its perfect location, protected harbour and luxury facilities. On-site, the Haven Bar and Restaurant provides stunning views along with delicious food and drink. A host of marine services are located at the marina along with a well-stocked chandlery. The town is only a short walk away, or you can rent one of the marina bikes, electric bikes or the popular electric car! Lymington Yacht Haven has 500 marina berths, all fully serviced with water, electricity and free Wi-Fi. The full range of boatyard services are also available including hoist, scrubs and storage ashore.

Reviewed By MYDOGISFINN - Emsworth, United Kingdom

The footpath follows the coast around the Yacht Haven but is not clearly signposted once you are actually in the Yacht Haven area. There is a cafe open to the public. The main attraction is the footpath which goes around the Yacht Haven and takes you out to the coast, past the Salterns and eventually all the way to Keyhaven.

New Forest National Park Hampshire, Lymington SO41 5SB, England +44 333 999 7333
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4.5 based on 327 reviews

Wightlink Isle of Wight Ferries

Wightlink is the leading cross-Solent ferry operator carrying almost five million holidaymakers and Islanders to the Isle of Wight every year. Whether travelling by foot in just over 20 minutes or by car in under 45 minutes, Wightlink’s modern, comfortable fleet of eight Ferries sailing on three routes (Portsmouth-Ryde, Portsmouth-Fishbourne and Lymington-Yarmouth) provide Island-wide coverage year round. With a variety of attractions, heritage properties, endless sandy Beaches, cycle paths and walking routes all set within quaint villages and towns, the Isle of Wight promises an experience like no other. And Wightlink Ferries is the way to travel, with more Ferries, more routes, and more sailings than any other operator. Stepping on board a Wightlink ferry is the perfect way to start and end your Island journey.

Reviewed By David H - Farnborough, United Kingdom

Wightlink's crews deserve a pat on the back, both for turning up and staying at work on the Ferries, despite the appalling weather conditions today, 1st March 2018. Much of Lymington and the New Forest was covered in snow today, and with temperatures of minus 5, these great crews turned up so that the rest of us could get where we had to be. They are great professionals, quietly and calmly providing an essential service to and from the Isle of Wight, well done all.

5. Hurst Castle

New Forest National Park Hampshire, Lymington SO41 0TP, England +44 1590 642500
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4.5 based on 953 reviews

Hurst Castle

Located within the New Forest National Park, Hurst Castle is situated on the seaward end of the shingle spit that extends 1.5 miles from Milford-on-Sea, Hampshire. Built by Henry VIII as a chain of fortresses to protect the Solent in 1544, this is the site where Charles I was imprisoned in 1648 before being taken to his trial and execution in London. The castle was modernised during the Napoleonic wars and again in the 1870s when the enormous armoured wings were added, making it the largest coastal fort in the world. Two of the huge 38-ton guns installed in the 1870s can be viewed in their casemates together with other weapons developed through 412 years of military use. During World War II, Hurst was manned with coastal gun batteries and searchlights. You can get to Hurst Castle by ferry from Keyhaven Quay (sat nav postcode: SO41 0TP) or you can walk along the shingle Hurst Spit.

Reviewed By Tina P

I struggle to get my husband to art galleries and museums but he loved this gem. The scale of the castle/fort is particularly impressive. There is a lot to see so you can spend quite a while walking round and taking in the defenses, information...MoreSo glad to read that you enjoyed your visit to Hurst Castle, it's great to hear such positive feedback. We look forward to seeing you again.

6. Braxton Gardens

Lymore Lane, New Forest National Park Hampshire, Lymington SO41 0TX, England +44 1590 643601
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Braxton Gardens

A stones throw away from the sea.A beautiful place to come and relax in the Gardens and tea room.Enjoy the Gardens, buy the plants, sit down and relax with lunch, cake and tea!

Reviewed By VERONICAtho - Alton, United Kingdom

We come here at least once a week for their lovely scones. Note the previous reviews and feel some are rather unfair. It's a big garden, which is fairly well tended but not a show piece. They are clear that they don't want children to run around unsupervised, yet have seen some parents blithely ignoring this and allowing their exuberant children to damage plants and make an excessive amount of noise - which given the quiet location is not welcomed by some. The service has always been good - and the scones are always warmed and nicely served. We departed from our ritual today and had the orange polenta cake and cherry almond, which were equally good. Yes, may be a limited menu not suited to keen carnivores, but it offers a good range of light bites - although the sandwiches are perhaps not their best feature as they come with a heap of crisps and not a lot else. We just avoid these.

7. Hurst Spit

New Forest National Park Hampshire, Lymington, England
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Hurst Spit

Reviewed By nannup11 - Hampshire

Although it is in need of extensive renovation, this is full of historic information and you certainly get a lot of atmosphere in the buildings. You can either walk out from Milford, quite gruelling as it is very pebbly, made rather unpleasant if it is a cold or windy day. If you do not fancy that, there is normally a boat service from Keyhaven, run by friendly volunteers, which is very reasonable.

New Street, New Forest National Park Hampshire, Lymington SO41 9BH, England +44 1590 676969
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4.5 based on 69 reviews

St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery

Reviewed By Gill Y - Hythe, null, United Kingdom

The Museum has recently been refurbished. It now has a lovely cafe and a beautiful gallery of amazing sculptures. But the museum area itself is now about half the size it used to be, much more sleek and streamlined, but less hands-on for children. We bought a family ticket for 2 adults and 3 children and this was good value for money, but we were a little sad that so much has gone. Our children all enjoyed playing on the boat but that was it. I have been many times over the last few years, but this will probably be my last visit sadly (although I will definitely bear the lovely cafe and shop in mind when passing through Lymington).

9. Woodside Park

Rookes Lane, New Forest National Park Hampshire, Lymington SO41 8FP, England +44 7917 556863
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Woodside Park

Reviewed By David L - Bournemouth

Woodside Park is primarily a sports and recreation facility with 2 tennis courts, croquet lawn, children's play area. cricket and football pitches. There is a relatively new looking pavilion overlooking the cricket pitch which was closed when we visited on Sunday. There were several circular walks around the sports facilities which were tarmac paths so ideal for wheelchair users etc. To be honest the formal Gardens side of the grounds looked somewhat neglected with little real attempt to maintain borders or cut the grass etc - in need therefore of some TLC but presumably under financial pressures with operating and maintenance budgets. This is an ideal facility for either dog walking or to take children to play and get some exercise, but I wouldn't rush to return otherwise.

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