{"LocationDetails":{"Id":538,"Name":"Lymington","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur guide to holiday cottages\u0026nbsp;in Lymington\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Georgian market town of Lymington sits right on the edge of the New Forest, so it goes without saying that it\u0026rsquo;s surrounded by some of the country\u0026rsquo;s prettiest scenery. The town\u0026rsquo;s location right beside the Solent means it\u0026rsquo;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.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThings to do in Lymington\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eBeaulieu National Motor Museum is just a ten minute drive away and with the New Forest right on the doorstep Lymington\u0026rsquo;s the kind of resort that makes a handy base for those who like to get out and about throughout their holiday.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe 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.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eOther 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\u0026rsquo;ll take you through the heart of the forest. \u0026nbsp;With tracks varying between 3 miles to 21 miles, there is something for the whole family to enjoy \u0026ndash; take your time and stop to look at the beautiful scenery on offer.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eLymington \u003c/strong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eAttractions\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eBeaulieu Palace and Gardens is a 13th century house and an incredible attraction for people to visit. The stunning gardens will take your breath away \u0026ndash; 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.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eLymington 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\u0026rsquo;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.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe 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 \u0026ndash; 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.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","Alias":"lymington","MainImageLocation":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/emily.judge/2018/11/Lymington .jpg/carousel.jpg","PointOfInterests":[{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Hurst Castle","Body":"\u003cp\u003eHurst Castle is an English Heritage attraction, and it\u0026rsquo;s a defensive castle built by Henry VIII at the end of a long shingle spit. The castle stands so far out into the Solent that it\u0026rsquo;s under a mile from the Isle of Wight, so as you can imagine the views are unrivalled and it\u0026rsquo;s a beautiful spot to spend time and explore.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe castle was cleverly built in just the right position to defend the Solent\u0026rsquo;s western approach and it was completed all the way back in 1544. Try to imagine how Charles I would have felt whilst imprisoned inside before his execution in London in 1648, and how the castle once looked before it was updated during the Napoleonic wars. Exhibits include the Garrison Theatre, the Trinity House lighthouse exhibition and the display room dedicated to the Association of Lighthouse Keepers.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe castle may look sleepy these days but it was used as recently as the Second World War. The site was constantly manned with coastal gun batteries and searchlights to detect enemy activity as early as possible in case of invasion. There\u0026rsquo;s a tea room nearby and dogs are welcome throughout the site on leads so this is a popular spot for some time out as well as to enjoy spectacular views across the Solent.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eHurst Castle opens to the public between April and November.\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7067,"LocationLongitude":-1.5512,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/04/Hurst Castle.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"hampshire/lymington/hurst-castle","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/04/Hurst Castle.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Sea Water Baths","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe 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\u0026rsquo;ve managed to retain all the charm of the traditional seaside pool yet become one of the town\u0026rsquo;s most popular family attractions.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe 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\u0026rsquo;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\u0026rsquo;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\u0026rsquo;ll be able to enjoy views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight in the distance.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe baths were awarded a Grade 2 listed status back on 2012, so they\u0026rsquo;re future looks set to be protected and they remain on of the most historic pastimes on the Hampshire coast. 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The museum isn\u0026rsquo;t only home to hundreds of classic cars and motorcycles, but it also showcases some of the most famous cars and vehicles to have graced the silver screen - not to mention World of Top Gear.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eFans of the show can finally see just whet became of the Reliant Robin rocket, the Alpha / Saab stretch limo and the amphibious Toyota once Jeremy and his pals had finished experimenting with them - they ended up at Beaulieu.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe museum tells the tale of motoring through the centuries, and thanks to its stunning collection of cars and unique setting it\u0026rsquo;s the kind of day out that keeps every member of the family fascinated from start to finish. The museum enables motoring enthusiasts to get right up close to some of the most famous cars in history, including the record breaking Bluebird and (wait for it\u0026hellip;) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe National Motor Museum also includes the Motorsport Gallery, Jack Tucker\u0026rsquo;s Garage and Wheels \u0026ndash; and each exhibit has been carefully designed to engage visitors of all ages. Jack Tucker\u0026rsquo;s Garage has won award after award for its attention to detail and perfect demonstration of a classic 1930\u0026rsquo;s garage. 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The historic house was once the gatehouse to Beaulieu Abbey and it dates all the way back to the 13\u003csup\u003eth\u003c/sup\u003e century. Still owned by the Montagu family, the house, gardens and abbey welcome visitors and still offer an insight into what life was really like for the monks and the families who have called the house and abbey home over the centuries.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eBeaulieu House is surrounded by the kind of sprawling lawns you only tend to see in films these days, and the pathways invite visitors to spend time strolling beside the river before they finish exploring the sites. It\u0026rsquo;s still easy to see the evidence of the home\u0026rsquo;s monastic roots, and there\u0026rsquo;s a welcoming atmosphere throughout that makes taking in the family treasures and artefacts a pleasure. Palace House is still very much a family home, so apart from the odd ghostly sighting visitors can expect to be greeted by a warm atmosphere that\u0026rsquo;s rare in historic homes.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eBeaulieu Abbey was founded by Cistercian monks in 1204, and it\u0026rsquo;s still possible to enjoy a walk through the cloisters they once called home and the herb garden where they spent many an hour growing herbs to use as medicines and cooking ingredients. 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The reserve follows the Solent Way, so many walkers opt to follow the route and make the most of the opportunity to get a closer view of the marshes and the species that call them home but don\u0026rsquo;t worry if you fancy walking a slightly different route as there are some picturesque circular walks to try out too.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe reserve\u0026rsquo;s open to the public all year round, and it\u0026rsquo;s one of those places that manages to feel peaceful (and look beautiful) during every season. Look out for the collection of lagoons that sit just inside the sea wall as they support all kinds of plants and animals thanks to the low levels of salinity in the water. 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The pub has a garden to its rear for those of you who prefer to make the most of a sunny day (well who doesn\u0026rsquo;t let\u0026rsquo;s be honest?!) and the menu may not have the most extensive selection of meals but the reviewers all mention one thing \u0026ndash; the steaks are amazing.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eFrom the bloom-filled hanging baskets that adorn the front of the pub to the cosy, simple d\u0026eacute;cor, there\u0026rsquo;s a homely feel to Thomas Tripp that makes travellers feel as if they can relax and take their time. 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The bistro specialises in hot and cold tapas, and every dish and sauce is cooked on the premises from scratch using authentic ingredients that give the menu the wow factor.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe staff have a passion for serving genuine Spanish cuisine and it shines through every dish, and there\u0026rsquo;s a children\u0026rsquo;s menu for younger diners too. If you\u0026rsquo;re not too sure what to go for on your first visit we can recommend the paella as it has something of a reputation with the TripAdvisor reviewers.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eSunny Saturdays see the bistro serving the paella al fresco in the courtyard, so if you don\u0026rsquo;t manage to reserve a table for during your visit to Lymington (it\u0026rsquo;s best to reserve around a fortnight in advance for an evening meal) you\u0026rsquo;ll still be able to try a little taste of Spain while you explore the town. 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