Our Bench offer family and wheelchair accessible self catering holiday accommodation in Lymington - we would love you to book and stay for a weeks holiday or an out of season break, so we have included a few locations and activity ideas in the Lymington area to enjoy. There are further ideas of places to visit within the New Forest National Park and on some of our favorite Day Trips here. This is not an exhaustive list: facilites, accessibilty, costs and opening hours can vary at any time, so we would recommend that you do your own research to check suitability for you!
Lymington’s Charter Market takes place every Saturday in the bustling High Street from 8am to 4pm and is one of the New Forest’s hidden gems.
There are approximately 100 stalls every week selling a manner of edible treats from olives, breads, cakes, fudge, pies, fruit and vegetables to take home with you. Stalls range from plants, local food produce, household goods and craft items. There is something to suit all budgets, whether looking for a hand crafted gift for a loved one or a special souvenir of your trip.It’s a superb day out. Visit Lymington Market for more details.
At the bottom of Lymington High Street is the cobbled Quay Hill - there is limited access to some of the shops and restaurants due to their historic interest, but if you do brave the cobbles and the hill, round the corner you will discover Lymington Quay. (There is an alterntive route - turn right at the bottom of the High Street - follow the road to the left and turn left again.) Lymington is one of the UK’s premier yachting centres and is located in an enviable position at the ‘gateway’ to the western Solent making it a popular destination for sailors, power boaters and cruisers throughout the season. The harbour is easily accessible with deep water access to all visitor mooring areas, pop down to the Quay, watch the sailors, enjoy a river cruise or a pirate boat trip*. Sit on the quayside and enjoy a coffee from one of the nearby coffee shops, a Gin & Tonic or a pint in the sunshine - from The Ship Inn, lovely meals too.
Children love crabbing on the quayside too and buckets and lines are available in the local shops, or you can borrow one from us. Details about Lymingon Harbour.
Seasonal opening but a fantastic family fun all day - they have 200 metres of inflatable obstacle courses, stand up paddle boards, aqua jousting, children’s splash pool and more. They have disabled access & facilities. If the weather is hot and sunny - you need to arrive early to ensure your spot on the poolside. Sea Water Baths.
Lymington–Keyhaven Nature Reserve, covers nearly 500 acres between the mouth of the Lymington River and the village of Keyhaven. There are several attractive circular walks on local footpaths which cross the area, the adjacent mudflats and salt marshes are home to huge numbers of migrating birds, you can have fantastic views of the wildlife, enjoy views accross the Solent to the Isle of Wight. Ideal to explore by bike or foot. Nature Reserve Guide and Map of Walks
St Barbe Museum allows you to discover more about the New Forest coast, it's maritime heritage and how smugglers made profits locally and more. There are interactive exhibits for families, changing exhibitions, an amazing art gallery and a modern independent coffee shop called the Old School Cafe - named after the building in which it is housed. For more details visit St Barbe Museum Web Site - you can read their accessible guide too.
Lymington Cinema is a friendly community cinema, which showcases a number of films and theatre shows. You can see what is on here. It is easy to access and there is wheelchair viewing at all performances.
Lymington has a 25 meter main pool with easy accessible steps and designated accessible changing rooms, there are fun time sessions with floats and toys on both Saturdays and Sundays for families. A gym with various fitness classes, are also available - none members are welcome to use the facilities. You can find there web site here: Lymington Health and Leisure.
At the end of the road you can discover Pennington Common - this is part of the New Forest National Park and is home to our nearest play park. The common is regularly home to the Coles Fun Fair, the circus and other community events. Details of any events we try and share on our facebook page.
We were recently asked about disabled friendly playgrounds so have started to collect details from the local parish clerks. In Lymington and Pennington there ia wheelchair accessible roundabout at Woodside Park, Rookes Lane, Lymington. Deneside Copse Play Park, Pennington, Lymington has a DDA compliant roundabout and basket swing. (details provided by Lymington town council - May 2019). East Boldre play park has a basket swing. Dudley Avenue play area in Hordle has a ‘roadway’ which has a variety of interactive board for imaginative play and is accessible by gravel paths, as well as nest swings. Carrington Lane Play Park, off Carrington Lane, Milford, has a level access roundabout and a large trampoline onto which a wheelchair can be pushed.
There are regular ferries from Lymington to the Isle of Wight - it is just a 40 minute crossing. The views from the ferry across the Solent are stunning and there is so much to explore on the island. We would recommend advance booking your day trip - if you are a bluebadge holder discounts are available. Once on the island you can choose to explore Yarmouth, take a bus tour, or take a drive on the islands roads - your guide to getting around the Island.
Open all year round, New Forest Adventure* golf is an exciting concept in mini golf built with families in mind. It has been created to mirror the New Forest with 18 holes - the uneven terrain which includes two flowing rivers, Boltens Bench, a landmark in Lyndhurst, a pulley operated ferry! In the summer months there is also a lovely pick your own fruit nearby with picnic area and cafe. Their strawberries taste delicious!
Lymington SailAbility is a charity that provides sailing and power boat opportunities for people with disabilities. It provides a safe environment that still allows the sense of freedom and exhilaration that sailing can give. Whilst they are not a life saving charity, they can be life changing, often giving people trapped by a disability a sense of control and enjoyment they thought they had lost. More details.
Lymington golf centre is offers a 9 hole and 18 hole course, open to non-members all year round. Booking is advisable as they hold regular member events and the course can be busy at peak times. Visitors can book up to seven days in advance and the booking number is 01590 689631.
A seasonal open top bus guides you through the magical New Forest with an audio commentary bringing the New Forest to life. Two of the routes stop in Lymington, you can enjoy either circular tour or change buses on route. If you are planning on using the routes more than once, check out the offers on their web site. This is a great way to explore especially if you are looking for a car free holiday. Details of routes and timetables can be found here.
Pennington Mobility gets a mention here - it is a mobility showroom in our village, next door to the Pharmacy they hold in stock a huge variety of essential care equipment and accessories.
There is a changing places toilet on Bath Road in Lymington. Changing places, Lymington. This facility is located close to the slipway, where you can see the local life boat launch, walk along the water front to the right and discover the marines, watch or enjoy the facilities at Lymington's Sea Water |Baths - which although established in 1933, now is home to South Coast’s biggest inflatable obstacle course, there is is coffee and ice cream available from the kiosk - so you can just sit outside and enjoy the boats. Alternatively turn right and you discover Bath Road park home to a fantastic children's play area overlooking Lymington River and the Lymington Band Stand which regularily hosts events on Sundays during the summer. Bath Road is also home to a number of artist markets during the summer months and Lymington Sea Food Festival.
Crabbing on Lymington Quay
New Forest Adventure Golf
Lymington Sea Water Baths
Not everyone wants to go out to eat whilst on holiday - so we have some great ideas to get you started, if you would prefer a quiet evening in.
There are lots of pubs, restaurants and coffee shops in the Lymingon area that are worth a visit, we are not able to list them all - but we will suggest just a few of our favorites that you are welcome to try.
The choice does not end with pubs - if you are after fine dining - it is well worth checking out what Stanwell House has to offer, alternatively The Mill at Gordleton fabulous restaurant that overlooks the river.
Lymington is also home to a couple of Indian Restaurants, a pizza restaurant, an Italian restuarant, a Burger and Lobster bar, Thai restaurants and traditional English - there is something for every budget. You can view some of the local favorites here on Trip Advisor.
Cafes are a great place for breakfast and lunch - Lymington is home to a number of well known chains, some of our favorite coffee places are tucked away, so thought we would share them with you.
NB - * We don't feel this is accesible to wheelchairs or power users, but they facilities may have been updated - we advise you check.