Lymington is a bustling seaside town on the edge of The New Forest providing unique walks, restaurants, hotels and a local historic market.
The Georgian Market Town and Fishing Village of Lymington is surrounded by natural beauty and laced with an intricate history that brings tourists here year after year. It is a renowned sailing resort and commercial fishing base, with three large marinas, including Berthon and Haven.
Being located in the south of England, it tends to get a preferable climate during the summer months, and is a great place to stay if you are interested in the history of industry and coastal towns, like to shop for bespoke items, enjoy fishing or want to admire the wildlife of the coasts and forests in the surrounding areas.
The earliest settlers in Lymington are proposed to have arrived during the Iron Age, and a fort known as the Buckland Rings still remains after being excavated there in 1935. The Middle Ages brought the industry of the salt-works to Lymington, which until the 19th century it was renowned for producing.
As a town famous for the low crime rates reported every year, the residents take pleasure telling tourists of the legendary smuggler’s tunnels, said to be built beneath the high street, leading from the Inns to the old quay. Whether there is actual proof of these tunnels remains to be seen and the whereabouts remain a very well-kept secret among the people who live in Lymington.
Getting to Lymington is easy as it has good transport links via road, rail and sea- the Ferry to Yarmouth is available almost every day. Just outside of Lymington, you can find a wealth of natural beauty in the surrounding ancient woodlands or New Forest. By travelling west you can indulge in almost four miles of coastal nature reserve of scientific interest.
If you like to shop, Lymington High Street offers a selection of known department and designer stores and independent boutiques with something for everyone. On a Saturday, the High Street also opens up for a traditional market, something that has been running in Lymington since the 13th century. Although today’s market may offer something a little different than that of the old days.
Lymington has been featured in the media and film production several times. Once, in a Christmas special of children’s TV show Worzel Gummidge, and occasionally in the drama Howard’s Way.
Twinned with Vitre (France), Almansa (Spain) and Mosbach (Germany), Lymington is a beautiful market town with a plethora of history still standing to admire and inform the whole family.