Lymington

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The beautiful coastal resort of Lymington is famous for its sailing heritage, marinas and vast array of interesting boutiques, galleries, cafes and restaurants.

About Lymington

Visitors love this beautiful, Georgian market town that’s also a popular sailing resort. Lymington boasts three marinas and was the training ground for local hero Sir Ben Ainslie, you can see the golden letter box at the bottom of the high street, painted in recognition of his success with a fifth Gold Medal in the 2012 Olympic Games. Lymington is one of the largest towns in the New Forest and has a key role in the life of the area. This charming town is packed full of history dating back to the Norman Conquest, and is an important port on the west bank of the Lymington River on the Solent. Human habitation in the Lymington area dates back to the Iron Age, and a 6th Century BC hill fort known locally as Buckland Rings can still be seen today. As with many other towns and villages in the area, Lymington thrived during the Norman Conquest, thanks to its key location on the south coast. 

If you want to leave your car at home and come by train, Lymington Rail line is a branch off the main Waterloo to Weymouth line. Once here, you’ll find regular buses with stops all over the New Forest and coastline.

There are lots of places to walk and amble in and around Lymington, these include characterful cobbled streets leading down to the town quay and harbour – a great place to relax and watch harbour life - fishing boats land their haul, yachts and leisure boats coming in and out.

There are lots of town events, activities and day trips from Lymington including fishing trips, boat and sailing charters, canoeing and kayaking, diving trips, mini cruises and ferry over to the Isle of Wight with your car or as a foot passenger.

Saturdays in the high street are a hive of activity, with a weekly street market selling everything from plants, clothes and household goods to home-made cakes, fruit and veg and a whole lot more. Shopping is great with a high street brands mixed with an interesting and eclectic mix of independent retailers and boutiques. There are a few supermarkets and specialist food shops for provisions to take back to your cottage, including one that makes their own home-made dishes and desserts and freezes them.  

Lymington also has a number of really good eateries in and around the town, with the main concentration being around the high street. Lanes of Lymington serves superb food and also runs a cookery school. The Elderflower, whose chef/proprietor hails from the famous 5* Chewton Glen Hotel is superb. 

During the warmer months you can relax in the bandstand gardens and enjoy some free musical entertainment. A few minutes’ further on are Lymington Sea Water Baths, the oldest of their kind in the UK, dating back to 1833. A short walk further on is the start of Keyhaven Nature Reserve. Well worth going to if you like birds, wildlife and natural beauty complimented with wonderful views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight.

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St Barbe Museum
(Less than a mile)

St Barbe Museum explores the unique history of Lymington and the New Forest Coast. The hands-on displays provide a fascinating journey of discovery for all ages, charting Lymington’s development as a market town and port and looking at the smugglers and boat builders who have used the Solent shore. The art galleries host an exclusive programme of exhibitions that regularly works on loan from national and regional collections.

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Really interesting small museum packed with information and an exceptional display in the art gallery

October 2018


Extremely interesting museum, enjoyed the art,. Very welcoming reception and good cafe. I fully recommend a visit

June 2018


Puffin Cruises
(Less than a mile)

Puffin Cruises in Lymington is a fun and exciting way to explore this part of the world and see its natural beauty from the water, whether you’re merely enjoying the ferry service, taking a 30 minute river cruise or opting for an hour long picnic or sunset cruise - there’s something for every mood.  Trips run daily from the town’s historic quay, weather permitting!

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June 2018


Hermit Charters
(Less than a mile)

On a skippered Luxury Flybridge Motor Boat, Hermit Charters gives you the opportunity to take a small party of friends on a luxury experience on the water without breaking the bank.  For families or private parties, it’s a delightful way to head out fishing to catch bass, plaice, black bream or needles cod, or simply to enjoy the view from the water.  You can even take the family dog on board!

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Escape Yachting
(Less than a mile)

Offering you a chance to explore the Solent like never before, Escape Yachting is a luxurious opportunity to get out on the water on charters, day trips, corporate events and group getaways run by an experienced team who pay careful attention to detail.

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Lymington Sea Water Baths
(Less than a mile)

A vital summer attraction in this famous town, the Lymington Sea Water Baths have been welcoming visitors since 1833.  These days the options are a little more varied with water sports including kayaking, paddle boarding, aqua jousting, zorbing and children’s splash pools all available.  There is a cafe on site, all necessary facilities and entry prices depend on the activities you want to take part in.

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Koh Thai
(Less than a mile)

Passionate about their informal, authentic and modern restaurant, Koh Thai serves beautifully cooked Thai Tapas. Serving a variety of Thai dishes, the extensive menu means you can eat what you want when you want.  

Koh Thai (T:01590 673801) 113 High Street, Lymington SO41 9AP 

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Amazing food and service cannot recommend highly enough. For hot evenings try their lovely garden and eat al fresco

August 2018


Nice food and friendly serving staff. The very loud music was rather intrusive though and would deter me from returning.

February 2018


Good quality and service. Bit expensive, however.

December 2017


Visited twice as the atmosphere is buzzing and the food is yummy! Starters and tons of prawn crackers as well as delicious yellow curry went down a treat. Will visit again soon.

June 2017


The Angel & Blue Pig
(Less than a mile)

A stylish and elegant gastro pub on the high street, whose origins date back to the 13th century. Lots of wooden beams, bare brick walls, large fire place and pretty soft furnishings - there’s also outside seating. The Angel and Blue Pig specialize in steaks, which receive great reviews. The main menu changes each month and is supplemented by daily specials. All the dishes are creative, varied and beautifully presented. A delightful spot for a drink or bite to eat.

The Angel & Blue Pig (T: 01590 672050) Lymington SO41 9AP

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Very disappointing and long delay in seating us on arrival despite having a reservation.

January 2018


We loved this pub! We went with the kids for a quick drink around lunchtime and then came back in the evening without the kids. Great atmosphere, well furnished, and great drinks on offer. The menu looked fantastic too, however, we didn't get to sample it! We'll definitely go again if we return to Lymington.

July 2017


Perfect for lunch. They have a £6 lunchtime menu which offers excellent value for money. I had the wild mushroom linguine. Delicious and good sized portion. My husband had the burger which comes with fries and homemade ketchup. Staff are friendly and chatty too which is nice.

June 2017


Lanes of Lymington
(Less than a mile)

Housed in a former church with intimate alcoves and balconies, Lanes of Lymington is a stylish, family run eatery with a strong commitment to fresh, seasonal ingredients and an exciting and varied menu.  The head chef also regular cookery workshops throughout the year, check their website for further details. 

Lanes of Lymington (T: 01590 672777) Lymington SO41 3RH

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Nice ambience based in a former school and church building. Good menu but food was a little disappointing with the fish overdone and food not the hottest

October 2018


Good food - would visit again.

June 2017


Great food and ambiance - well worth visiting

May 2017


Café Aroma
(Less than a mile)

Café Aroma, formerly known as Trés Bon, is a fantastic deli and café in Lymington. Serving a variety of hot and cold food from Breakfast to 5.30pm. You can either eat in on one of two floors of seating, or simply take away.

Café Aroma (T: 01590 673064) 22 High Street, Lymington SO41 9AD 

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Get the hot duck baguette! It is amazing!!

June 2017


Buttery Tea Rooms - Lymington
(Less than a mile)

A cosy, traditional tea rooms with plenty of seating, famed for its selection of delicious home-made cakes.  Also serves breakfasts, light lunches, cream teas and a range of teas and coffees. 

The Buttery Tea Rooms (T: 01590 672870) Lymington SO41 9AD

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Great place, good sound breakfast to set you up for a days cycling in the Forest.

January 2018


We have been here for breakfast on a number of occasions and it never fails to disappoint. Good quality and generous portions in addition to excellent coffee. Highly recommended.

October 2017


Enjoyed coffee and Doreset apple cake.

June 2017


Milford on Sea
(4 miles)

A beautiful shingle beach with pretty painted beach huts, plenty of parking, and excellent coastal walks along Hurst spit to Hurst Castle with clear views of the Isle of Wight and needles. The superb Raft Rocks Restaurant is worth a visit with its Art deco style and roof terrace. You can also walk across the wildlife marshes to Keyhaven harbour and (in season) take the boat to Hurst Castle or the Isle of Wight.

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Great for a dog walk along the spit to Hurst Castle. Needles Eye cafe is a welcome break, quite good food but very busy and a bit basic.

December 2017


Fantastic sea location with goods pubs, shops etc

November 2017


Lovely village, plenty of shops and places to eat - no post office though.

June 2017


Barton on Sea
(6 miles)

A stony beach with sandy areas as the tide goes out, and a great spot to do some fossil hunting. The cliffs are subject to considerable coastal erosion and at times parts of the beach can be cordoned off. The Beachcomber Café on the cliff top is one of the most popular cafés in the region. Plenty of parking in car parks along the cliff top as well as on-road parking.

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Highcliffe Beach
(7 miles)

A picturesque, tree-lined beach of shingle, and sand at low tide. Good facilities on the cliff top including an excellent tea room, award winning public toilets, baby change and a children’s play area in the Castle gardens. Plenty of parking, but there is no disabled access and quite a few steps to get down to the beach. Lifeguard cover from July to Sept. No dogs allowed.

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Lovely clean sandy beach and a really i would highly recommend this spot for your car to break down takes the ouch out of waiting for the recovery truck

April 2017


Lepe Beach
(9 miles)

Some of the best views of the Solent can be enjoyed from over a mile of beach and pine fringed cliffs. Historic D-Day remains, wildflower meadows and children's play area. Beach front car park.

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Mudeford Sandbank
(10 miles)

This is one of the most scenic of New Forest beaches. Lined with some of the most picturesque and expensive beach huts in the country! There’s no parking next to the beach, as it’s a traffic-free zone, but there’s pay and display parking at Hengistbury Head from where you can catch a little train to the sandbank, and Mudeford Quay which runs a small ferry (5 mins) over to the sandbank. Can also be reached on foot and by bicycle.

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Beautiful place, our favourite beach in south of England. It feels like an island, when you go over on the ferry and at times (off-season!) on sunny days it can feel like a little piece of Heaven, it's so peaceful and beautiful- bit of a sense of New England. There's a super little 'restaurant', the Beach Hut, which does great breakfasts, meals all day and some evenings. Also takeaway eg pizzas, you can eat on the beach. Very simple surroundings, with a sheltered veranda that can be uncovered in fine weather, and amazing views. Quite pricey and often very busy (and you are best to ring and check opening times and book since often weather and ferry-dependant) but the quality of the food and those stunning views make it more than worthwhile!

March 2018

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