10 reasons to visit Beaulieu, Hampshire

18 May 2018

Only half an hour's drive from Shamba you'll find Beaulieu. A stunning area of the New Forest, there's plenty to do, places to eat and things to see. With much of the historical sites intact, the village sits on the south eastern edge of the national park and still maintains its historical charm. Whether you're fanatical about motor vehicles, want to explore the abbey or have the urge to learn more about the Montagu family – you'll be able to do it all at Beaulieu.

1. Beaulieu National Motor Museum

From luxury motoring to the earliest carriages, Beaulieu National Motor Museum is a wonderful collection of memorabilia that any vehicle-enthusiast will love to explore. Take a closer look at F1 cars, record breakers, motorcycles and even tanks.

 

Visit the Beaulieu National Motor Museum website.

2. Hatchet Pond

Hatchet Pond Beaulieu

Although the pond was originally created in the 18th century to power the nearby iron mill, Hatchet Pond is now home to a plethora of wildlife. The little ones will love spotting the freshwater insects, as well as turning their eyes to the sky to see native birds. Pack up your picnic, this is the ideal spot!

3. Buckler's Hard

Created by John, 2nd Duke of Monatgu, this historical, working village sits on the banks of the Beaulieu River. Buckler's Hard is preserved to make sure that the area of natural beauty is kept in perfect condition. Explore the area or hop on a river cruise and see the New Forest from a different point of view.

 

Visit the Buckler's Hard website

4. Beaulieu Abbey

Beaulieu Palace Gardens

Take a stroll back through time and discover 800 years of history at Beaulieu Abbey. Standing amongst the picturesque and aromatic herb gardens, you'll be able to get an idea of the size of the original abbey and learn more about the life the monks lead.

Vist the Beaulieu Abbey website

5. Palace House

Beaulieu Abbey

Home to the Montagu family since 1538, Palace House benefits from wonderfully idyllic views over the river. Inside is just as beautiful – aside from the gothic architecture, the newly restored house is filled with memorabilia, portraits and family heirlooms.

View the Beaulieu Palace House Gardens website

6. The Chocolate Studio

Beaulieu Chocolate Studio

If you like chocolate, you'll love the Beaulieu Chocolate Studio. These handmade chocolates are created in one half of the shop and sold in the other. Take some time to watch the artisans at work – and pick up some treats for yourself too!

7. New Forest National Park

The New Forest National Park is a beautiful part of the world. Home to wildlife such as pigs, cows, birds and of course, the famous ponies, you can soak up the sights by hopping on and off of the tour busses that make stops along the way.

 

Visit the New Forest National Park website

8. Monty's Inn

Monty's Inn

It's time to tuck in! Sample food made with the best local produce, all washed down with an ale or two – with so many breweries in the surrounding area you'll be spoiled for choice. The ideal location to take the time to plan the rest of your day, you're close to the motor museum, river walks and Bucklers Hard.

Visit the Monty's Inn website

The Terrace Restaurant

Enjoy superb food at The Terrace Restaurant

Situated at the Montagu Arms, The Terrace has a superb selection of fine dining options and is the perfect location to celebrate a special occasion. With ingredients picked from their organic kitchen garden and from local producers, you'll get a true taste of Hampshire and Dorset.

World of Top Gear

As part of your trip to Beaulieu National Motor Museum be sure to stop off at The World of Top Gear. They have sought out cars and vehicles from episodes new and old, and brought them all together as homage to the much-loved show – maybe you'll even bump into The Stig?

 

Visit the World of Top Gear website