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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.

Tourist and Other Information sources


Local Tourist Information

Local Information Point

Local Council

Lymington TIC (summer only),
St Barbe Museum & Visitor Centre,
New Street,
Hampshire SO41 9BH

Telephone: (01590) 672422

Lymington Library,
North Close,
Hampshire SO41 9BW

Telephone: (01590) 673050

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.