Not all traditions and trends survive the test of time, but records of sea water bathing in this area of the New Forest date back to the late 18th century, and have continued through to the present day. The current Lymington Sea Water Baths have been welcoming visitors since 1833, and they still prove a popular attraction during the summer months. This open air pool, and an indoor leisure centre, are just two of the attractions you’ll find in this lively coastal town.

Lymington is located on the edge of the New Forest, and you’ll find it between the popular resorts of Bournemouth and Southampton. Along with a history of sea water bathing, it also has maritime links, and currently has two sailing clubs in the town. Records also show markets have been held since the 13th century there, and now take place every Saturday in the pretty Georgian High Street. Look out for local crafts and antiques that are on-sale, or if you’re not interested in shopping, walk down to the Quay and look out for the fishing boats and luxury yachts.

Lymington also has plenty of tea rooms and restaurants, and the St Barbes Museum and Art Gallery which will entertain and feed the whole family. Lymington is also an ideal base for exploring the local area. You can travel north into the New Forest National Park, take a boat trip round the Solent, or hop on a ferry to the Isle of Wight. The family will never be bored with all the attractions on offer in any of these areas, and you’ll be pleased to know beaches along the Hampshire and Dorset coastline are within easy reach too.

With familiar hotel chains, and comfortable independent hotels, campsites and caravan parks, all available in Lymington or the surrounding towns and villages, it will be easy to find somewhere to stay here, then all you need do is get out and explore!