The Historic ruins of the Beaulieu Abbey in Beaulieu, New Forest, Hampshire in the South of England. Built in the 13th Century by Cistercian monks, the abbey was built on land given to them by King John, replacing his hunting lodge. Today only the ruins remain, along with evidence of King Henry VIII dissolution and destruction of the British monasteries. The monks’ original herb garden still remains, growing medicinal and edible plants to be enjoyed amongst other remnants and artefacts; giving visitors an idea of how the monks would have lived.
A beautiful place
Bellus Locus Regis, meaning beautiful place of the king. This Latin name was corrupted by the monks into the French, Beaulieu or beautiful place.
Beware of ghostly footsteps…
The Abbey is well known for being haunted and is one of the most haunted places in Britain, famously visited by the ghost of Brother Augustus whose footsteps can still be heard.
The White Monks
Learn more about the White Monks of Beaulieu Abbey.
Visiting Beaulieu Abbey
Beaulieu Abbey forms part of the ‘Beaulieu Estate’ visitor attractions. Admission to Beaulieu Abbey also includes entrance to the following: