This Georgian market town sits at the gateway to coast and country with the Solent Strait and New Forest right on its doorstep. There’s an array of shops and family-friendly activities to try, too. We love it for its…
Lymington Charter Market began in 1250. Today, more than 90 stalls run the length of the High Street selling fresh fruit and veg, bread, meat and sausages, deli treats, cupcakes, fudge, plants, flowers, clothing and household goods.
With two marinas and an Olympic gold medallist (Ben Ainslie), Lymington is the place to try some sailing, start with a luxury day trip from Escape Yachting. Or join a guided walk to hear smugglers tales and more with Lymington Town Tours. If that’s too energetic, head to Lymington’s outdoor seawater baths, the oldest in the UK, for a relaxed dip on a summer’s day.
Just North of Lymington discover the wild heathlands and woods of the New Forest, where ponies, pigs and Highland cattle roam free.
Coastal chic and stylish home buys can be sourced at charming Puffin Bay, Quay street, where you’ll find furniture, lamps, cushions and seaside themed gifts, capturing the essence of living by the sea. Make your house a home with gorgeous furniture, fabrics and lamps from Willow Lifestyle, 60 High Street. Domestic goddesses can source kitchenware from Steamer Trading cookshop, 98 High Street, and make plans for new kitchens with Raynsford Furniture’s handcrafted English furniture including kitchens, bathrooms and bespoke pieces at 26a St Thomas Street. Browse galleries for unique artwork too, including contemporary art at Stephen Lees gallery, 2 Quay Street, and fine art at Robert Perera, 19 St Thomas Street.
Delicious local food is easy to find here with its enviable location. Family butchers A&J Seal, 4 Angel Courtyard, sell ethically sourced meats including game, speciality sausages and local Pennington beef. Seafayre Seafoods has a steady stream of visitors at The Yacht House, 8 Quay Street, for its mouthwatering lobster, prawns, scallops, cooked crab and cockles. Independent wine merchant, The Solent Cellar, 40 St Thomas Street, welcomes visitors to browse, taste and shop for wines, with expert advice on food matching too. And New Forest ice-cream must be tasty as visitors queue around the block for it at Truly Scrumptious, 6 Quay Street…
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