A beautiful market town surrounded by outstanding natural beauty; this world renowned sailing resort, retaining the flavour of a Georgian river town, must be one of the loveliest towns in the country.
Set in the heart of the New Forest, amid some of the loveliest unspoilt heath and woodland in the area; newcomers are often surprised to find themselves walking along village streets with ponies, cattle or donkeys!
Meaning “wooded hill growing with lime trees” you may imagine William the Conquerer galloping across the heathland and you are sure to find Alice in this wonderland-the capital town of the New Forest.
This beautiful and picturesque village is abundant with fantastic things to do and see from the world-renowned National Motor Museum to the spectacular Abbey and gardens.
Built by Henry VIII and commanding the entrance to the Solent, Hurst Castle offers one of the best views in England. It played a part in the imprisonment of Charles I in the 17th century and defended England from invasion threats in the 19th and 20th centuries. With plenty of open space for children to explore and fantastic views of the Isle of the Wight from the top of the Tudor keep, Hurst Castle is a great day out for the whole family
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Delightful castle to roam around with breathtaking views of Isle of Wight. Lots to look at and enough stairs, tunnels and exhibitions to keep the children interested for a couple of hours. The ferry ride over wasn't too long either - about 15 minutes.
Very enjoyable visit to Hurst Castle. We had a return trip on the ferry. Lovely views to the Isle of Wight.
A smart and stylish riverside restaurant surrounded by beautiful ‘Art Gardens’ full of stunning flowers, sculptures and art exhibits. Take a stroll through the gardens then sit down and enjoy a menu brimming with beautifully presented seasonal local produce, along with dedicated gluten free, vegetarian and children’s menus.
Gordleton Mill (T: 01590 682219) Lymington SO41 6DJ
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Really nice place, gardens are good fun with the kids and something different that's free... meal was really nice, servers really friendly, although we did have to chase a couple of things, thoroughly enjoyable lunch
The Crown is a lovely village pub with pretty, outdoor beer garden. Inside, it’s cosy with traditional wood beams, brasses, low ceilings, nooks and crannies. Service is welcoming, fast and friendly, and there’s a good selection of unusual wine, lagers and well-kept ales. Food here is absolutely delicious, consistently winning rave reviews from both locals and visitors. Dog friendly.
The Crown Inn (T: 01590 642655) Everton SO41 0JJ
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Loved this pub, we went for a Sunday lunch and were very accommodating for us. Loved the food and went back again later in the week for a spontaneous lunch, again same level of superb service. Would highly recommend.
Good food and friendly, shame about opening hours still being limited and shutting early in the evening.
Overlooking the pretty town quay in Lymington, this relaxed, friendly café serves delicious artisan coffee and homemade cakes, as well as healthy smoothie bowls and Buddha bowls - all made with fresh, local produce. Open Tuesday - Sunday.
Coffee & Drift (T: 01590 678287) Town Quay, Lymington SO41 3ET
One of a small local chain of modern Italian restaurants specialising in wood fired Neopolitan pizzas . Add some fresh antipasti, salad or a mouth watering dessert to your order for a truly authentic Italian experience, all created with super fresh high quality ingredients. Some interesting Italian wines and aperitifs to choose from too. Kids menu available.
Baffi Pizza 3 Southampton Rd, Ringwood, BH24 1HB (T: 01425476537)