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Attractions and places to visit | Travel and visitor information

The town of Lymington, or "Lentune" as it was called in the Domesday Book, lies on the West side of the Solent and is nowadays a thriving yachting centre and tourist attraction.

The origins of the town are obscure but, at Buckland Rings on the outskirts of Lymington, there have been Neolithic and Bronze Age finds. This site is one of the more important remaining earthworks in the Forest. The town flourished on the export of salt from its salt pans, which were developed by the Normans. During the Middle Ages Lymington started to become well known as a shipbuilding and trading port. Shipbuilding has now given way to yacht and boat building.

The affluence of the town during the Georgian period is reflected in the architecture of its buildings.

Lymington's High Street is dominated by the Parish church of St. Thomas the Apostle. It includes some architectural features which are over 600 years old. The churchyard has an avenue of lime trees which were planted in the Seventeenth Century.

Attractions and Places to Visit

Artsway - A charitable trust for contemporary art...
Beaulieu Abbey
Buckland Rings
Bucklers Hard
Calshot Castle - Part of Henry VIII's chain of coastal defences to counter a European invasion
Exbury Garden
Hurst Castle - Built by Henry VIII, and used as a prison for Charles I
Lepe Country Park - Spend a day by the sea between the Solent and the New Forest
Lymington Keyhaven Nature Reserve
National Motor Museum, Beaulieu
Roydon Woods, Lymington - A Nature Reserve cared for by the Hampshire Wildlife Trust
Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum - One of the largest collections of motorcycles in the world
Spinners Garden
St Barbe Museum - Established to tell the special story of the coastal strip between the New Forest and The Solent
The Solent Way

Cinemas, Theatres and Arts Centres in the South West Hampshire area.

Conference Venues in the New Forest.

Travel Information for Visitors

Tourist and Other Information sources

Local Information Point
Lymington Library,
North Close,
Hampshire SO41 9BW

Telephone: (01590) 673050

Local Council
New Forest District Council,
Appletree Court,
Hampshire SO43 7PA

Telephone: (023) 8028 5000

Parking in Lymington

Public car parks available around the town centre.


Lymington has a wide variety of pubs and places to eat in the High Street and surrounding area.

Access by Public Transport

Public Bus Services operate to Lymington from Bournemouth, Salisbury and Southampton.  Lymington is also connected to an excellent rail service from Brockenhurst.