Lymington, set of the southern edge of the wonderful and picturesque New Forest, is a gorgeous Georgian town that has history in abundance as well as both bracing forest walks and water based activities.
Here you can experience the best of both worlds and still have a chance to admire the loveliness of this pretty and interesting place.
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Lymington is famous for its smugglers, and much of its history relates to them. But there is more – there are also the Roman Seawater Baths (not really Roman since they were built in 1833) which is the oldest lido in the UK, so taking a dip there can be a fun and worthwhile experience!
The town has a bustling and vibrant market every Saturday which is visited from far and wide from both traders and customers. And when you have shopped enough, you can enjoy the town’s parks which are perfect for picnics, strolls, and generally taking in the good air in Hampshire.
When in Lymington it’s often the water that causes the most excitement – with activities such as sailing, fishing, swimming, kite surfing, wind surfing, and even scuba diving all available here, this is a mild mannered town that has a decidedly adventurous spirit.
Lymington Ferry Terminal, Undershore Road, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 5SB, United Kingdom
Lymington Terminal is relatively tiny and sits at the end of Undershore Road (B3054). Few roads connect to the town that sits at the foot of the New Forest National park.
The A337 is the main road to Lymington and connects the town to Brockenhurst, Lyndhurst, and ultimately the M27. This motorway offers easy access to Southampton and Portsmouth, while the M3 that branches off it feeds into the M25, or M4 via the A34 at Newbury.
Bournemouth and Poole sit to the west and is accessible through smaller rural roads.
Surprisingly the terminal has parking facilities, and even has use of an overflow car park during peak periods. When I last checked in May 2016 the price was £8.20 per 24 hour period.
Getting there by coach
National Express have a stop in Lymington on Stanford Hill (opposite Priestlands Place) for services to London or at Priestlands Place for services from London. You'll need to catch a local bus or a taxi to Lymington Pier.
Route 032 runs from Bournemouth to London, travelling through the rural roads through Lymington, Brockenhurt and Lyndhurst as well as larger sites including Southampton and Winchester. Book your tickets here.
Getting there by train
The ferry terminal is located directly adjacent to Lymington Pier railway station, making it ideal for crossing to Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight as a foot passenger.
The station boasts a single route between Lymington Pier and Brockenhurst, so all long distance train journeys will have at least one connection.
The journey time from London is under two hours and involves a single connection. Passengers from Cardiff can expect a 3½ hour journey with two train changes while those travelling from Birmingham will have a similar journey time but potentially one fewer connection.
Scots looking for a long weekend break on the Isle of Wight can expect a 7½ hour train journey with a trio of connections to make. Plan your journey here.
Ferries from Lymington
|Lymington Yarmouth||15 daily||¾ hour||See prices °|
This information is for reference purposes only. Journey times are approximate. Frequency is based on typical schedules. Schedules are subject to availability and weather conditions. Information correct at the time of writing.
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Sorry, no mini cruise routes can be found departing from Lymington sailing on a cruise ship.
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