The Sea Water Baths in Lymington are a little slice of nostalgia and serious fun. The baths are the oldest open air swimming pools in the whole of the UK and they’ve managed to retain all the charm of the traditional seaside pool yet become one of the town’s most popular family attractions.
The water baths first opened in 1833, and aside from the fact that their waters include natural minerals to give health a bit of a boost they’re a great way to enjoy swimming in fresh sea water without taking the plunge into the open sea (always a reassuring option for parents of children keen to bathe). The water baths couldn’t have been placed in a more scenic spot, and if you take some time out from doing lengths or watching your kids enjoy the inflatables you’ll be able to enjoy views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight in the distance.
The baths were awarded a Grade 2 listed status back on 2012, so they’re future looks set to be protected and they remain on of the most historic pastimes on the Hampshire coast. There’s plenty of room, so whether you prefer to squeeze in some serious lengths during your swim or let the kids enjoy the water toys you’ll be able to enjoy yourselves without disturbing others.