With so much to see and do in Lymington and the New Forest you'll be spoilt for choice for days out. Whether looking for adventure, discovering some of The New Forest's history or exploring one of the many incredible gardens. Unwind with a coastal or forest walk or if you are feeling more energetic why not hire a bike.
Lymington has a great diversity of shops on the High Street, many of which are unique local businesses, including the Solent Cellar, Lymington's Independent Wine Merchant; Sweet Joe Pie Health Foods; Elliotts, who have been trading in Lymington since 1872; Truffles, filled with sweets, chutneys, coffees and more; Gizmo, for the sci-fi and fantasy geek in all of us; and Maxwell Hamilton, offering a vast array of suitcases, handbags and sports equipment.
Some of the more notable names include Waterstones (previously the famous Kings of Lymington, the second oldest trading bookshop in the UK), Fat Face, Holland and Barrett, Salt Rock, Crew, Henry Lloyd and many more.
The Saturday Market has been trading in Lymington since the 13th century, and continues to draw crowds from far and wide. Spend the day browsing unique art, sculptures, specialists foods and drink, DIY equipment, clothing and much more.
Not only are there several routes in and around Lymington, the New Forest is on our doorstep. If you don't have your own bike there are several places you can rent one from, and dozens of routes to explore in these ancient woodlands.
Fore more information on routes and bike hire, click here.
Puffin Cruises, located on Lymington Quay, offer scenic river cruises and trips to the Isle of Wight; the perfect way to explore Lymington on the water.
There are many unique galleries located on and around the High Street, including the Coastal Gallery on Queens St, which happens to be next door to Litchfield Artist Centre, offering a huge array of art supplies and framing services; Robert Perera Fine Art, showcasing some beautiful works to buy; and Carlsen's, featuring many maritime pieces.
The Sea Water Baths were established in 1833 and continue to be a popular day out for both tourists and locals. It's not just a hot summer spot, but there are several activities happening throughout the year, including inflatable obstacle courses, paddle boarding, kayaking, zorbing, and more.
Lymington Community Centre is home to Lymington's cinema, showing many new releases all year round.
Lymington Health and Leisure Centre offer a variety of leisure services, including unique exercise classes held throughout the day and evenings, a modern gym, swimming pool, steam and sauna rooms, tennis and badminton courts and much more.
St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, located on New Street, is a treasure trove of local information. Their shop is packed with maps and guides, along with many lovely gift ideas.
The New Forest Bus Tour operates 3 bus tours, two of which pass through Lymington. Tours run hourly, every day from end of June to middle September.
Explore Lymington's quay, with its famous cobbled streets. there are many small shops and boutiques on the quay, along with restaurants and pubs to relax in.
Guided walks by knowledgeable volunteers Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings.
The Solent Way is a 60 mile footpath linking Milford on Sea with Emsworth Harbour, much of the path following the Hampshire coast line and passing through the New Forest. If you're feeling energetic enough why not walk from Lymington to Keyhaven, and maybe even onto Hurst Castle? With such stunning views along the way it's hard not to give it a try.