Historic, tranquil, relaxing, breathtaking and completely unspoilt are a few ways to describe the wonderful village of Beaulieu, on the southern edge of the New Forest National Park. Beaulieu is perhaps best known for the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu Abbey Ruins and Palace House visitor attractions make for a truly fantastic day out in the New Forest. Palace House is home to the Montagu family and now open to the public; the National Motor Museum is home to many famous motor vehicles; Beaulieu Abbey was founded by King John in 1204 A.D; and Buckler’s Hard is steeped in maritime history.
Beaulieu Visitor Attractions
Featuring over 250 historic vehicles and tons of motoring memorabilia The National Motor Museum is a full day out on its own. There’s plenty to enjoy for all age groups from the Harry Potter ‘Flying’ Ford Anglia to World Land Speed Record Breakers. It was started by the current Lord Montagu as a tribute to his father who was an early motoring pioneer.
Palace House is the ancestral home of the Montagu family since the 16th Century whose ancestors have owned Beaulieu since Henry VIII dissolution of the monasteries in the 1530s. Palace House sits in rolling lawns with beautiful flower beds overlooking the tranquil Beaulieu river.
Built in the 13th Century by Cistercian monks only the ruins remain, evidence of King Henry VIII dissolution and destruction of the British monasteries. 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.
Buckler’s Hard is exciting Maritime Museum and the Buckler’s Hard Story gives an insight into the history of this 18th century shipbuilding village set on the banks of the river Beaulieu. Nelson’s warships for his Navy were built in this shipbuilding village.
Tickets to the National Motor Museum include entry to the Abbey ruins and Palace House. The museum offers full disabled access.
Beaulieu Image Gallery
A small but idyllic village located on the edge of The New Forest National Park. Packed with history and full of life, this is an ideal place to spend with your family both old and young. Alongside the incredible historic interest of King John, Nelsons ships and motoring, a wide range of bed and breakfasts, cafes, bars and boutique shops are also part of the experience. Beaulieu offers many picturesque walks, rides and vistas; as well as being a haven for twitchers (bird watchers), photographers and artists. The Beaulieu estate covers an area of over 7000 acres enclosing a very traditional village sitting on the riverside leading down to the historic maritime museum of Buckler’s Hard.
Beaulieu Village Attractions and sightseeing
Located in the village this is the perfect spot for a relaxing picnic or some memorable photographs with the family. An ideal resting spot after you have strolled around the shops or visited the main attractions. It was created by the monks and is over looked by the Mill House.
Entry is free for this educational vegetable garden, opened in 2008, which offers great tips for gardening of all types. Open every day from 9 am-5:30 pm this is a great way to find out which plants thrive well in the forest conditions. The garden also offers free gardening sessions and courses ideal for those of you with green fingers. There is free parking opposite the Gardens and disabled access.
Harmonious settings along the riverside can provide a wonderful stroll in the summertime. You can hire kayaks if you looking for an exciting activity on the water. By following the river you can get to Buckler’s Hard where you can also take charter river trips.
Beaulieu is home to the National Motor Museum, Palace House and Gardens and Beaulieu Abbey. Beaulieu hosts many major events and is a top New Forest & Hampshire visitor attraction.
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