Local Attractions

With so much to see and do in Lymington and the New Forest you'll be spoilt for choice for days out. Check out some ideas below.


Woodside Park & Gardens

Woodside Park & Gardens

A beautiful area to relax, watch sports and let the kids run wild. This park has some breathtaking gardens, a terrific spot for picnics and has free sports facilities such as the tennis courts, skatepark, table tennis and outdoor gym equipment. 

The park is built for relaxation and many use it as a casual strolling area, there are many different events that take place here each day so you can never predict who or what could be here when you go. It is truly a place not to be missed when visiting Lymington, even the locals will tell you how lucky they are to have it on their doorstep. 

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Historic Town Tours

Historic Town Tours

Lymington is a rare jewel steeped in history, mystery and skulduggery. Lymington Town Tours offers a range of interesting walks through the town and its history. Do you know where Donkey Cottage is? What is a crinkle crankle wall? Who was JH and why do his initials and the date 1773 appear in the Angel Hotel yard? All this and much more...

Walks run from May to October and take about 90 minutes. There are ten walks, each with a different route or theme, and a walk around "Donkey Town" – Pennington – and two walks at Milford-on-Sea are also included.

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New Forest Adventure Golf

New Forest Adventure Golf

New Forest Adventure Golf is an exciting new concept in mini golf. Although built with children in mind, it will also challenge the short game competitor. Expertly crafted to mirror the New Forest, the 18 holes lead us from The Isle of Wight across the Solent to Lymington by moving ferry. The two rivers flowing through the site are Lymington and Beaulieu rivers with towns and villages authentically represented.

The course is built on Goodall’s farmland and the ‘Pick Your Own’ opens from May to August, enticing customers to stay for a cream tea and the most delicious strawberries you will ever eat!

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St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery

St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery

Located at the heart of the beautiful, historic coastal market town of Lymington, St Barbe is both a dynamic museum and highly regarded art gallery that appeals to both locals and New Forest visitors.

The museum explores the history of Lymington and the New Forest Coast, inspired by local pride, and supported by the local community, its collections and colourful, hands-on displays offer a fascinating insight into the area for all ages.

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New Forest Tour Bus

New Forest Tour Bus

The New Forest Tour Buses run hourly on a daily basis from the end of June to mid-September. There is a choice of three routes: Red (northwest), Green (southeast) and the Blue (southwest).

Hop on and off wherever you like and catch the next tour, or switch between routes passing through many popular spots including the Ringwood Brewery, Longdown Activity Farm, New Forest Wildlife Park, Beaulieu Motor Museum, Exbury Gardens and the Steam Railway. Take in a walk or cycle ride from the Tour (bikes go free*) – you’ll find easy routes in the guidebook on board, as well as tips for things to see and do along the way.

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Lymington Sea Water Baths

Lymington Sea Water Baths

The Sea Water Baths are the oldest open air sea water baths in the UK. Established in 1833 the baths have historically gained national interest for their health giving waters and natural mud minerals and continue to be a popular day out for both tourists and locals.

The various activities include inflatable obstacle courses, water zorbing, kayaking and paddle boarding. There is even a sand pit and paddling pool for tiny tots and a confectionary kiosk/cafe serving a selection of hot & cold snacks and ice creams.

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Hurst Castle

Hurst Castle

Located within the New Forest National Park, Hurst Castle is situated on the seaward end of the shingle spit that extends 1.5 miles from Milford-on-Sea, Hampshire. Built by Henry VIII as a chain of fortresses to protect the Solent in 1544, this is the site where Charles I was imprisoned in 1648 before being taken to his trial and execution in London.

A lovely day out by walking from Lymington via Keyhaven along the Solent Way or take the small ferry from Keyhaven to the Castle. With plenty of open space for children to explore and fantastic views of the Isle of Wight, Hurst Castle is a must for visitors to this area.

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Lymington & Keyhaven Marshes

Lymington & Keyhaven Marshes

Lymington to Keyhaven Nature reserve covers 500 acres between and starts just a short stroll from the harbour along the Solent Way coastal path.

The landscape which was shaped by the production of sea salt from the middle ages offers stunning views across the mudflats and outstanding lagoon and coastal grazing habitats where a wealth of different bird species come to feed. Large numbers of Brent geese seek refuge here in the winter, along with roosting dunlin, black-tailed godwit and grey plover.

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Lymington Health & Leisure Centre

Lymington Health & Leisure Centre

The Lymington Health & 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 and much more.

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