Historically, Lymington was a center of the salt drying industry, where salt water was admitted to shallow lagoons and dried out. These abandonded lagoons (called saltings) have now become major sea bird reserves, and the area attracts ornithologists.
Lymington is the terminus of a branch rail line from Brockenhurst in the New Forest, where it connects with direct main line service from London and many other parts of the country. There are two stations in Lymington; Lymington Town best serves the central area and marinas, whilst Lymington Pier is part of the ferry terminal complex. Train times can be found on the National Rail Planner or by calling 0845-748-4950 from anywhere in the UK.
By road, Lymington can be approached from the west along the coast road (the A337 from Bournemouth. Any other direction requires a crossing of the New Forest with its sometimes congested roads. There are two alternatives; take the M27 to junction 1 and then the A337 through Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst, or leave the M27 at junction 2 and follow the A326 to Dibden Purlieu and then the B3054 through Beaulieu.
- Calshot Castle, Calshot Road, Calshot, SO45 1BR (14 miles east of Lymington), ☎ +44 2380 892023. An artillery fort, built by Henry VIII. adults £3.00, children £2.10, concessions £2.10.
A big thing to remember with Lymington is town centre parking is difficult and on market day (Saturday am.) It is almost most impossible. If you shop in Waitrose you are allowed 2 hours parking (please check at the enquiry desk things do change). This will allow you enough time to be have a meal in town.
- Angel Inn, High St. 11:30-2PM, 6-9:30PM. A comfortable hotel vith a very good resteraunt nice food, well presented and bar meals, relaxed and comfortable. Service is good and friendly with an option to eat outside in good weather. Popular with the locals and thats always a good sign.
- Lanes of Lymington Restaurant & Bar, Ashley Lane Lymington SO41 3RH, ☎ +44 1590 672777. 11.30-2PM, 6:30-9:30PM. The restaurant is tucked away down a quiet lane, just off the High Street. Serving a modern British menu. Lunch £12.50 Dinner £30.00 average 3 course menu.