Engross yourself in dramatic history at the St. Barbe Museum

Lymington, Hampshire

Your little ones can take the wheel of a boat before being steered through Lymington’s history of smugglers and sailors at the St. Barbe Museum.

The St. Barbe Museum isn’t one of those places that tells you not to touch. Kids are actively encouraged to take the wheel of a pilot boat (don’t worry it’s a replica), play dress up in a World War II military uniform or track down hidden contraband. You never know, they might end up having so much fun, they don’t even realise they’ll learning.

Even for adults, it’s pretty easy to get sucked into the tales of smugglers, salt-makers and sailors who lived and worked along this part of the coast. With stories of tidal waves big enough to engulf houses and secret tunnels where smugglers hid their ill-gotten booty, this region never seems to have had a dull moment.

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