Our guide to holidays in Lymington
The Georgian market town of Lymington sits right on the edge of the New Forest, so it goes without saying that it’s surrounded by some of the country’s prettiest scenery. The town’s location right beside the Solent means it’s the gateway to the Isle of Wight, an ever-busy sailing resort and home to a pair of shimmering marinas that give it a continental air.
Things to do in Lymington
Beaulieu National Motor Museum is just a ten minute drive away and with the New Forest right on the doorstep Lymington’s the kind of resort that makes a handy base for those who like to get out and about throughout their holiday.
The New Forest is one of the most popular attractions in the area. Many come to view the ponies and to take memorable photographs of them, while others prefer to relax around the wildlife. Ponies have been living at the forest for over 200 years and anyone visiting here will be pleasantly surprised at the attractions the park has.
Other than strolling and admiring the views, you may prefer to take a bike ride around the area. New Forest has over 100 miles of cycle trails that’ll take you through the heart of the forest. With tracks varying between 3 miles to 21 miles, there is something for the whole family to enjoy – take your time and stop to look at the beautiful scenery on offer.
Beaulieu Palace and Gardens is a 13th century house and an incredible attraction for people to visit. The stunning gardens will take your breath away – take a relaxing walk around the lawns and stop by the river. You can also learn more about the history of the palace and what life used to be like for the monks and families that once resided here.
Lymington Nature Reserve covers 500 acres of land to connect Lymington River to the small village of Keyhaven. No matter what time of year you visit the park, you’ll be blown away by the striking scenery. Many people coming here prefer to seek out the marshes and animal residents past Solent Way. However, there are many trails for guests to walk or cycle around. See if you can spot the lagoons, bursting with shrimp and other water life.
The Sea Water Baths are a haven of fun and excitement. As the oldest open air pool in the UK, you can expect to be acquainted with some nostalgia. The charming seaside pool boasts water with natural minerals – a great way to boost your health and vitality. You can also expect to see lots of inflatables on the water as both kids and adults experience a happy, splashing time.