The town has a large tourist industry attracted by beautiful scenery. The cobbled street leading down to the marina at the mouth of the Lymington River is a great place to take a stroll.
Lymington is surrounded by marvelous natural attractions; to the north are the ancient woodlands and heathlands of the New Forest, while four miles west of Lymington, there is a nature reserve which ends at Hurst Spit.
There is a vast array of sailing facilities and clubs in the town; the two largest marinas are Berton and Haven. St. Barbe Museum and Art Gallery on New Street is worth a visit. Meanwhile, Yarmouth is a short ferry ride away – there are regular car ferries from Lymington to Yarmouth.
Lymington has a rich history, reflected by the many Georgian and Victorian era buildings in the town, illustrating its former wealth. The local market, held every Saturday, is believed to date back to the thirteenth century. St Thomas Church at the top of the High Street was built in around 1250.
Lymington, initially an Anglo-Saxon village, was famous for making salt during the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century. From the early nineteenth century Lymingon possessed a flourishing shipbuilding industry.
The hill and ditches of the Iron Age fort dating back to the sixth centrury BC, known today as Buckland Rings, still exists.
Meanwhile, the open-air seawater bath, situated near the area’s sailing clubs, was constructed in 1833.
Lymington is represented by New Forest District Council.
The local hospital is Lymington New Forest Hospital which opened in 2007.