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Buckler’s Hard

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Address: Buckler's Hard, Beaulieu, SO42 7XB
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Step back in time on the banks of the Beaulieu River at the peaceful haven of Buckler’s Hard.

Once a bustling shipbuilding village where ships for Nelson’s Navy were built, this charming village is now a peaceful haven. Relax with a cuppa and a slice of cake, take a ramble beside the Beaulieu River, or delve into the village’s history in the Maritime Museum.

In the Maritime Museum you will discover the fascinating story of the village and the ships it built. Listen in on conversations between villagers of the past in the 18th century New Inn and follow the stories of the 19th and 20th century residents in an exhibition about village life.

Between Easter and October, take a cruise on the Beaulieu River. This 30 minute voyage gives a close-up view of the wildlife along the banks of the river and tells rich tales of its past. If you’re lucky you might even spot a seal!

For visitors who are yearning for even more history, you can take a trip back in time at the Shipwright’s Cottage, or explore the Chapel of St Mary’s, with its smugglers’ cellar beside the altar.

After working up an appetite, there are plenty of places to stop for that long-awaited coffee with a friend. Tuck into a cream tea or a light lunch from the Captain’s Cabin Tea Rooms, or enjoy a pint and a meal at The Master Builder’s House Hotel.

The village is an ideal destination for walkers and cyclists, who can enjoy the scenic 2 mile footpath between Beaulieu and Buckler’s Hard.

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Road

M27 exit junction 2, follow the brown and white tourist signs towards Beaulieu. At Beaulieu Village, follow the brown and white tourist signs to Buckler’s Hard.

Public Transport

Train: Take the train from London Waterloo to Brockenhurst. There is a taxi rank at the station, the cost of a journey to Buckler’s Hard by taxi currently costs approximately £20.

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  • Ramped Access into the Museum Building
  • Wheelchair Access door to lower level of Museum Building.
  • Level floor access to St Mary’s Chapel
  • Accessible toilet adjacent to the tearoom
  • Ramped access from the car park area into entrance and tearoom
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Entry to the village is free (a parking charge applies). A small admission charge applies for the Maritime Museum and River Cruise. For more information on prices please visit the Buckler’s Hard website.

The Captain’s Cabin Tea Rooms is currently closed for refurbishment until early February 2022.

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WINTER OPENING HOURS: 10am – 4pm

SUMMER OPENING HOURS: 10am – 5pm

For visitors arriving by car, the car park will open at 10am with last entry at 5pm

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