Lymington Coast Guide 

Lymington is a small, bustling market town with an idyllic location between the New Forest to the north and the Hampshire coast to the south.  It is also important as a marina and mooring located on the Solent, which is always busy with yachts and commercial shipping. A car ferry service connects to Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight.  

                                                     Lymington Harbour


For Lymington Hotels and Holidays, Guest Houses, Cottages  and to visit Attractions. Go to Lymington Hotels Guest Houses and Cottages

The town itself is a pleasant mixture of Georgian and Victorian architecture but its origins go back much farther, to the medieval period when it was a centre for salt production. Old salterns workings can still be seen near the coast. While Lymington is not a seaside resort there are beaches nearby at Milford on Sea and Barton on Sea which are just to the east of Christchurch which is also a major resort. The Solent Way is a marked trail that runs from Lymington to Milford on Sea via Hurst Castle - it is around 60 miles in length and mainly flat. A car ferry operates a regular service to Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight.



There are several castles in the area which formed part of Britain's coastal defences against the French and Spanish. Hurst Castle, built by Henry VIII as one of a chain of coastal fortresses, is located at the end of a shingle spit which extends 1 miles from Milford-on-Sea and overlooking the Solent. The castle was completed in 1544. In 1648, Charles I was imprisoned here before being taken to London for his trial and execution. During the Napoleonic wars and again in the 1860s, the castle was modernised and enormous armoured wings were added to house huge new guns. 

     Lymington Cobbled Streets     Calshot Castle near Lymington

Places to visit in Lymington

Boat Trips - from the quay and car ferry. 

Lymington and Keyhaven Nature Reserves



Beaulieu Abbey -  Palace House and Motor Museum - Beaulieu Estate, Beaulieu, Hampshire, SO42 7ZE Telephone: 01590 612345 Visit: Beaulieu Abbey

Bucklers Hard Historical Village - Maritime Museum, Bucklers Hard, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 7XB Telephone: 01590 616203

Hurst Castle - Built by Henry VIII in 1544 to defend the dockyards. Milford on Sea, Hampshire, SO41 0TR Telephone: 01590 642344


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Cliff and coast walkingWhether your idea of an ideal activity is sunbathing or you prefer something more strenuous, the  chances are that you will be able to pursue this at the coast. There is a wide selection of activities that can be found on our coastline - these range from a gentle stroll to the next bay, to swimming and snorkelling, to more energetic activities such as sailing, surfing, windsurfing and kite sailing. See Activities section.


Attractions - see listings pages

national lobster hatchery padstowA huge selection of attractions are available within the coastal area and this section will have details of many of them. From piers and harbours to fun fairs and roller coasters, the listings will have details of what's available in your chosen area. For details of attractions look in the resort pages. 

 The National Lobster Hatchery - Padstow

Beach PubPubs, restaurants and shopping guide

The listings section will also have details of pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and shops available in the locality. Restaurants and shops coming soon.....

                                                                                                                                            The Beach Pub - Exmouth


We will bring you feature  articles  about the coastline and  news items about life in the coastal area. contributions to this section are welcome.

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