10 Things to do in Lymington

28 April 2018

Can't decide whether you prefer coast or country? No problem, head to Lymington, this Hampshire town sits nicely on the coast and is only a stone's throw away from the New Forest.

The town is only a 30 minutes drive from Shamba and is a haven for those who love to take to the sea, and there's plenty to see and do. Lymington is steeped in history and its cobbled streets could certainly tell a tale or two – in a previous life it was a smugglers' port! Here's 10 things you can do in Lymington and the surrounding area.

1. Beaulieu

Palace House, Beauleiu

Although a superb day out for any car enthusiast, Beaulieu has much more to offer than a simple motor museum. Take a stroll round the tranquillity of the grounds and gardens, hop on the monorail and get a new perspective or delve back in time with the medieval abbey.

More info: https://www.beaulieu.co.uk

2. Braxton Gardens

Braxton Gardens

What better way to relax and unwind than tucking into delicious tea and cake while surrounded by beautiful plants and flowers. A short distance from the sea, Braxton Gardens offers a whimsical oasis complete with a quaint tearoom and delicious refreshments.

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3. Isle of Wight

Take a little trip away from the mainland as you discover the Isle of Wight. Hope on a ferry at Lymington and you'll be able to experience a whole world of attractions, from farm parks, botanical gardens and even Blackgang Chine the UK's oldest theme park.


More info: https://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk

4. Hurst Castle

Close to Lymington you'll find the English Heritage site of Hurst Castle. Located right at the end of a shingle spit, you'll be able to learn about the history behind this Tudor castle, from its beginning, through to the Napoleonic wars and even World War II.


More info: http://www.hurstcastle.co.uk


5. St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery

With its excellent hands-on displays, authentic collections and locally-based exhibitions, St Barbe sits in the centre of Lymington and has something for everyone. The little ones will love to get stuck in – and they'll even learn a thing or two too!


Finding out our animal weights 🤔🤣

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More info: https://www.stbarbe-museum.org.uk


6. New Forest Tour

New Forest Tour

Make the most of your time in the New Forest by hopping on (and off) one of the open top busses that snake their way through this incredible landscape. Lymington sits on the coastal route, but you can also choose from the beautiful southeast or wild northwest too – see if you can spot some of the wildlife such as rare birds, pigs and the famous ponies that calls the area their home.

More info: http://www.thenewforesttour.info


7. Solent Rib Charter

Solent Rib Charter

What better way to see Lymington than from the water. Charter your own Rib from Europe's largest fleet and take to the sea – you can even organise your very own treasure hunt on the Solent.

More info: https://www.solentribcharter.co.uk

8. ​​The Ship Inn

Once you've explored the area, you'll most definitely need to refuel. The Ship Inn sits nicely on the waterside and offers beautiful views as well as delicious grub. This stylish pub has a relaxed atmosphere and they even do a cracking Sunday roast!


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More info: https://www.theshiplymington.co.uk


9. Lymington Seafood Festival

Lymington Seafood Festival

With such close ties to the sea and deliciously fresh seafood coming into Lymington every day, it’s no surprise that the town holds its very own seafood festival during August. Enjoy live music, over 80 food and drink stands, as well as kitchen demonstrations and an area for the kids.

More info: https://www.lymingtonseafoodfestival.co.uk

10. Lymington Sea Water Baths

Lymington Sea Baths

A great day out for all the family, this 110m sea water pool also comes with an enormous inflatable obstacle course, stand up paddleboards, aqua jousting and a dedicated children's splash pool. What's more, if you make a stop on a daily bike ride then there's secure bike racks too!

More info: http://www.lymingtonseawaterbaths.org.uk