The elegant Hampshire market town and sailing resort of Lymington is located to the south of the New Forest. A pretty Georgian market town with cobbled streets, boutique shops, three marinas, two sailing clubs and a port. A large selection of cafe’s and restaurants can be found as well as take-aways and pubs offering hot and cold food. Lymington has a rich heritage and a history of smuggling. Allegedly there are smugglers’ tunnels that run from the old inns to the town quay under the high street. Lymington Harbour has a beautiful selection of boats and yachts. Watch the Isle of Wight ferries go by, eat chips, ice cream and go shopping!
A top seaside resort
With her sheltered climate afforded by the Isle of Wight, Lymington was recently identified as Britain’s most desirable coastal town, putting neighbouring Sandbanks into second place in the study of the country’s finest seaside resorts.
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The Saturday Market
Every Saturday there is a street market with stalls running the whole length of the High Street. There is something for everyone; from cheap and cheerful to New Forest produce, fresh fruit and veg, designer products, hot and cold food stalls, hand-made items, pet supplies, plants, second hand items, jewellery, household items and much more.
Situated on the western part of the Solent, Lymington has a rich history of sailing and hosts several famous regattas such as the Royal Lymington Cup, Etchells Worlds, Macnamara’s Bowl, and Source Regatta. There are two Sailing Clubs; The Royal Lymington Yacht Club founded in the 1920s which has over 3000 members, and The Lymington Town Sailing Club, founded in 1946.
World War II History
Lymington was an important port in the build up and execution of the D-Day landings during World War II. RAF Lymington was an Advanced Landing Ground about a mile east of the town and today is a private airfield.