Lymington has so much to offer to visitors all year round and is the perfect base for a stay in the New Forestwith everything you need in walking distance.
Due to its sheltered position it benefits from a delightful sub tropical microclimate with warm summers, mild winters and consistently the highest levels of sunshine in the UK. Lymington is a wonderful place for a short stay or a base for a longer stay from which to explore the attractions of Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire all close by.
Lymington was voted ‘Best Town on the Coast in Britain’ on Channel 5’s The Property List. Nestling between the New Forest and the sea, the famous old Georgian High Street has a delightful range of shops, bars and restaurants.
All around Lymington to the sea is the beautiful New Forest National Park with delightful walks, drives and cycle paths among the abundant wildlife. Local villages such as Beaulieu (where you can find the National Motor Museumand nearby the world famous Exbury Gardensand Bucklers Hard), Brockenhurst (with its fast mainline connections to London Waterloo and the North), Hythe with its view across Southampton Water to the Cruise Terminals, Lyndhurst and Burley are all well worth visiting. Cycle routes abound and you can hire bikes or go horse riding across the New Forest.
In summer open top buses offer tours around the New Forest and we are close to a bus stop on the Green Route. Along the way you can 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. There are wonderful walks and cycle paths along the river past the marinas to the famous salt marshes, in the 45,000 acres of the New Forest or on the nearby Isle of Wight. On the island you can take bus tours from Yarmouth opposite the ferry or enjoy lovely walks or cycle rides in the Yar valley and beyond. Ferries from Lymington take just 35 minutes and run all day and evening. There are often deals on Wightlink Ferries for car and foot passengers which are well worth checking out.
Every Saturday Lymington’s lovely Georgian High Street is bustling with its famous Charter Market dating back to the year 1250. Here you will find a huge variety of stalls selling everything imaginable. Lymington has many delightful individual shops selling all manner of clothing, gifts, antiques et cetera.
At the bottom of the High Street, Quay Hill’s cobbled lane winds down to the Quay on the Lymington River, where all manner of craft are moored – from fishing boats, RIB’s luxury yachts to the ferries crossing to Yarmouth on the nearbyIsle of Wight just 30 minutes away across the Western Solent with views over to Hurst Castle and the Needles beyond. Walking out to the river mouth takes you past boatyards, yacht clubs and marinas to the Solent Way and the ancient salt marshes where freshwater wading birds are on one side of the walk in the ancient Salterns with seawater birds on the opposite side in the Solent marshes. A five mile walk along the Solent brings you to Keyhaven and Milford on Sea.
Lymington has a wide range of excellent choices from excellent restaurants to cafes, pubs and bars to suit all tastes. Seafood is available in abundance with beautiful fresh fish dishes all over town. Just 150 yards from Peel House we have an excellent pub - the Monkey House - serving a wide range of pub classics and specials to suit every taste. All around Lymington there are excellent country pubs and excellent choices across the Solent in Yarmouth for a meal or drink in the evening via the Lymington Ferry.