Lymington Travel Guide

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Lymington Things to Do

  • Go For A Beer - #3 The Angel

    It was of course the crazy ladies who made this pub memorable but even without them I liked it and so it'll get a mention under restaurants too.The Angel purports to be Lymington's oldest pub, dating back to the 13th century when it was a coaching inn, and despite having been modernised still has a lot of character. Staff were friendly, the beer...

  • Go For A Beer - #2 The Bosun's Chair

    This is a no-nonsense, friendly, little boozer owned by the Wadworth brewery. Despite its big screen showing Sky sports it is actually quite a civilized pub with reasonably-priced, spot-on, beer, welcoming landlord and convivial locals. I only had a quick pint which I enjoyed in the characterful beer garden out back and shot the bull with a couple...

  • Go For A Beer - #1 The Ship Inn

    This is a good-looking pub and its location on the quayside is unrivalled. The Ship purports to be Lymington's oldest pub, which it probably is, but the present-day incarnation is so obviously a pubco creation which doesn't, to my mind, do it any favours..I had a pleasant enough pint and chat with the Norwegians whose photographs I'd taken for them...

  • New Forest Show

    On the last Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of every July, the New Forest Show takes place just outside Lymington, in the grounds of New Park Farm in Brockenhurst (drive along the A337 from Brockenhurst towards Lyndhurst and it is on your left). This is a fabulous event that includes showjumping, animal showing, forestry activities, dog shows, beer...

  • New Forest

    You cannot come to Lymington without seeing the New Forest, as it is right on the doorstep. Stretching across most of Hampshire, I think this forest is the most beautiful and distinctive in England, especially in the Autumn. There are hundreds of things to see, like the Rufus Stone (for more info on this kind of thing look up 'Lyndhurst' or...

  • Lymo Market

    Every Saturday, Lymington hosts a market that stretches along the entire high street, causing a part of it to become access-only to cars (the residents are trying to push for the whole road to be pedestrianised on Saturdays, because the market gets so busy, especially in the summer). Even if you don't plan to but anything, you should visit the...


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Lymington Restaurants

  • Almost As Good As My Own!

    Although the Angel is a town centre hotel, with 12 rooms, it still has very much a pub feel to it assisted by the fact that it has a distinct public bar area. This is, of course, where I met the crazy ladies but even without them the place, with its series of connected rooms, is pleasantly informal. Staff are friendly and efficient and the outside...

  • Right on the waterfront.

    A typical old English pub, dating back to the early 1700's, with a large area set aside as a restaurant. Tables outside are great on a warm evening.The location is perfect, right on the waterfront overlooking the international yacht marina in the historic part of town.Food ranges from pub snacks such as fresh sandwiches to three-course...

  • Excellent pub food.

    Not too far from Lymington, this is a large village pub in and overlooking the open forest. As with all pubs in England, the locals use it as a place to socialise.There's a large garden at the back with plenty of tables, some tables out the front from where you can watch the ponies grazing, plus tables inside.They serve a variety of very good food...


Lymington Nightlife

  • Live Music

    A bar in a cellar that hosts live music and club nights. Hilarious in it's tininess, which accounts for how busy it is. I seem to remember that you get a free drink ticket with your entry ticket. Bonus! none

  • Best Pubs!

    The Mayflower is right next to the Yacht Clubs, so attracts quite a yachty crowd. They recently did the place up so it looks pretty good. During the summer months, they keep a big barbecue going outside and the food is really good.The Kings Head is at the top of the quay and is always full at weekends. Its a real 'pubby' pub - quite dark with low...

  • Chequers

    Chequers is probably the best pub in Lymington: it is set right in the middle of nowhere but is nevertheless packed full on friday and saturday nights, usually with the yachting crowd. The food is great and the walled garden is really nice to sit in, even when its colder as there are patio heaters.Afternote: apparently the food isnt so good...


Lymington Transportation

  • The Lymington Branch Line

    The railway first arrived in Lymington in 1858 when the 5.6 mile single track branch line from Brockenhurst was completed. As well as servicing the town the line runs to Lymington Pier where it adjoins the Wightlink ferry port.Nowadays South West Trains operate the service. Trains run every thirty minutes, with a journey time of about ten minutes,...

  • The Wightlink Ferry Service

    Ferries have been running between Lymington and the Isle of Wight for hundreds of years. In the early days these were often fishing boats who could be chartered to do the run. In 1830 a regular Lymington to Yarmouth service commenced, using the wooden steamer "Glasgow". Once the railway arrived in 1858 it was only a matter of time before the ferry...

  • New Forest Tour Bus

    This summer I saw the funniest thing ever for the forest... an open-topped bus with a little trailer attached for your bicycle, that takes you all around the forest (including lymington).For tourists it is actually quite a good idea as public transport in the area leaves a little to be desired, especially the prices. When it starts again next...


Lymington Shopping

  • Where The Quirky Shops Are

    Whilst Lymington has its share of National chains and major banks the majoroty of the shops and services are small, local, independents. The main shopping streets are the continuous line running through the town centre composed of St Thomas St, High St, Quay Hill and Quay Road. At the upper end of St Thomas's you'll find oddities such as the...

  • The Quay

    If you are visiting Lymington as a tourist, you should definitely go to the quay, which is the cobbled pedestrian steet right at the bottom of the high street. You can find a couple of discount clothes shops, Fat Face, yachty shops and your usual bucket and spade places. The Quayhole is a particularly sweet little shop for souvenirs. You'll find a...

  • Food Shopping

    If you are looking to buy food and other general bits in Lymington, you can find Tescos halfway up the high street, or the new big Waitrose at the top of town. The old site of Waitrose has caused lots of contension - Argos were thinking of moving in but someone wrote to the paper saying that this calibre of shop should not be allowed in Lymington...


Lymington Local Customs

  • Lymington Visitor Information Centre

    This was obviously shut on the evening I was here but given the overall friendly-feel that Lymington has I should imagine this is a very useful and helpful tourist resource. It is located on New Street which is just off the High Street, a bit further up from The Angel Hotel.Website below isn't connected to the centre but is pretty comprehensive and...

  • Smuggling

    Hardly a local custom now, but smuggling was a huge industry in the past. There is allegedly a filled in tunnel leading from the Angel Inn to Stanwell House Hotel, from where sumgglers could then easily get to the town quay. Local history also records another tunnel (though less likely) that runs from an area near to the Angel Inn all the way up to...

  • Carnival time

    Each August Lymington holds a carnival along the high street, followed by a fun fair on Pennington Common. On bank holiday weekend, there is also a carnival procession through Milford on Sea, and this creates a bit of rivalry!Milford's carnival is usually longer and better, and there are stalls and games on the village green throughout the day....


Lymington Warnings and Dangers

  • Please Don't Run Over Our Otters!!

    The road between Lymington town and its pier is built on an embankment which crosses the reedy marshland around the River Lymington. Where this signpost is there's a sort of "otter ladder" which allows the creatures to be able to get to the other side without having to use the road.I don't know how many of them use the off-road route but I presume...

  • Greedy gulls

    My little brother was once sitting at the town quay eating a smoked salmon sandwich, when a pesky seagull flew by and pinched the whole thing from out of his hand!On the subject of animals, I will point out a couple of other warnings - dont feed the wild ponies (or any unknown ponies for that matter). It encourages them to come up to people in the...

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Lymington Tourist Traps

  • Car parking charges

    by thisisbanane Updated Jan 4, 2007

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    The car parks in Lymington can cost quite a bit if you plan to park for a long time.


    Unique Suggestions: Either find a rare spot on the high street or a side road, which is free

    OR ...

    go to the town hall on Avenue Road (the road off the traffic lights by the police station) and buy a parking clock. These cost £8 and allow you to park for free in numerous car parks in the New Forest including the huge car park behind Tesco supermarket.
    If you are planning on staying in Lymington even for a week, a parking clock is a must. You can use it in any car, so if you know of anyone else planning a visit you can just pass it on.

    Some car parks only charge during summer months, so check first.

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Lymington Off The Beaten Path

  • Milford on Sea

    Milford is 3 or 4 miles to the west of Lymington, and claims to be one of the last true coastal villages along this part of the south. Although the beach has very little sand (it is mostly shingle), it is attractive for its views over the Needles (the rocks off the Isle of Wight). Typically English with a cafe selling ice creams and fish and chips,...

  • Community Centre

    The community centre is often passed by by people visiting london, as it is tucked away behind the high street. However, there is a small (and cheap) cinema showing a different movie each week - usually one that was showing a few weeks before at the larger, more expensive cinemas. You can also see theatrical productions here.There is also a large...

  • New Forest Ponies

    Sadlly the New Forest Ponies are moving away from 'off the beaten path' and into more populated areas, resulting in a great number of them being killed by traffic each year. The Commoners have put reflective bands on many of them to try to stop the problem.When in the Forest, never approach the ponies, and absolutely NEVER feed them. It is becoming...


Lymington Sports & Outdoors

  • Sea Water Baths

    This water in this pool is supplied by the sea, making it pretty environmentally friendly! There is a changing room, sun loungers and a paddling pool. You can also hire a kayak or a little rowing boat in an enclosed part of the pool.There was talk of turning into a car park, but this seems to have been stopped, so the pool is still there. There...

  • Regattas

    Lymington regattas are always fun, with a huge range of age groups competing. You can generally find a crewing space on dinghies, keelboats or yachts.A lot of the regattas are only for members, but there are open events throughout the year, such as the Cadet and Oppie opens, and the summer regatta. The junior regatta in August is also a good summer...

  • Recreation Centre

    The Rec is actually in Pennington, and has recently been totally refurbished.They have a pool, large sports halls, a brand new gym and facilities for indoor and outdoor games. You can hire raquets, balls, shuttlecocks, etc.They even sell a few swimming costumes and goggles if you have forgotten to bring them. (Otherwise try the shops on the quay,...


Lymington Favorites

  • 13th Century church

    If you're interested in history, visit the 13th Century Church of St. Thomas the Apostle, at the top of the High Street.As with most churches in the UK, the wall plaques, headstones and so on tell lots of individual , and often moving, stories.

  • Outside Lymington

    In between Lymington and Beaulieu in the New Forest is one of our favourite places, Hatchet Pond. It's a large pond which the animals use as a watering hole, so you'll see plenty of ponies, donkeys, often herds of cattle and many types of birds. It has some picnic tables, a car park and plenty of picnic spots.For a relaxing few hours on a warm...

  • Bustling but relaxing.

    The international yacht marina is a fascinating place to sit and relax while you watch the yachts berthing or leaving. There's plenty of activity on them, but it's very relaxing to watch. Many are local yachts, but there are always some from Europe too.You'll also see fishermen, ferries to and from the Isle of Wight and tour boats, so there's...


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