Beaulieu, Home of the National Motor Museum

New Forest

Type:Museum

Beaulieu, Hampshire, SO42 7ZN

Tel: 01590 612345

Beaulieu, Home of the National Motor Museum

About

There’s nothing like Beaulieu.

In the heart of the New Forest, Beaulieu is a multi-award winning family day out with something for everyone:

The National Motor Museum

You can see these and over 250 more vehicles at the world-famous National Motor Museum. From legendary F1 cars and land-speed-record breaker for the speed-freaks to incredible examples of pioneering motoring for the history-buffs. For those who like to get a bit more hands on, there are interactive displays such as Driving Change. Plus, don’t miss the brand new exhibition for 2018: The Luxury of Motoring, featuring a stunning collection of glass Lalique mascots.

World of Top Gear

You can see 20 of the iconic challenge cars here at the newly restored World of Top Gear in the condition they were left in after filming! Plus step into the Enormodrome and get a feel of the famous Top Gear studio.

Palace House

Get a fascinating look into Palace House, the Montagu family home since 1538 and their collection of family treasures. Costumed guides help you get a feel for what it would’ve been like in Victorian times. Explore never-before-seen rooms and view a newly installed collection of unique Russian art. How did the Victorians cook and what did they like to eat? Visit the newly restored Victorian Kitchen which has been put back to its original layout.

Beaulieu Abbey

Walk in the footsteps of medieval monks who lived here over 800 years ago. This is where it all started, and you can walk amongst the stunning ruins of the Beaulieu Abbey and learn about its origins with a special exhibition bringing the past to life.

Plus

Ride the Monorail for informative commentary and sweeping views of the park, or something a little more down-to-earth, there’s our open top veteran bus.  In the Secret Army Exhibition, the truth behind Beaulieu’s covert wartime role is revealed…

 

New exhibition ready for the reopening of Beaulieu

When Beaulieu reopens the doors to the National Motor Museum on Saturday 4th July, visitors will get their first glance at an exciting new exhibition, Motoring in Miniature – the Toys of Your Childhood.

Visitors will be able to relive the joy and excitement of their favourite childhood toy cars when this fun-filled family exhibition opens in the National Motor Museum, showcasing more than 800 toy cars and pedal cars to celebrate miniature motoring memories and much-loved playthings of the past.

Most of us have early motoring memories from before we learned to drive – and that’s the shiny toys we gazed at in the toy shop window and spent hours ‘driving’ across the living room carpet or in the garden outside. These were the toys you were told to clear up, the toys you were proud of, the ones that you loved.

The exhibition will be packed with toy cars of all shapes and sizes from the 1920s to the 1990s, from tin plate and wooden toys to die-cast and slot cars. See pull-alongs and pedal cars, radio control cars and scale models, motoring board games, jigsaws and computer games. No matter if you are five or 95, these are the toys of your childhood.

Be amazed by historic pedal cars loaded onto their own car transporter. From exciting racing cars and glamorous sports models to rare veteran cars, the iconic Austin J40 and even Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, all manner of period-perfect pedal cars will take pride of place.

Take a closer look at Lord Montagu’s own childhood pedal car, modelled on a vintage London bus, while a child-sized replica of the Golden Arrow Land Speed Record breaker will be parked up alongside the real machine. See more of these pint-sized pedal-power autos lined up in Jack Tucker’s Garage, waiting to be serviced, while in Palace House find the motoring toys of the Montagu family on display.

Follow the giant roadway packed with toys by much-loved favourite brands including Corgi, Dinky, Scalextric, Matchbox, Hot Wheels, Triang and many more. How many of these brightly coloured treasures are just like the toys you used to own, which were raced and crashed into the skirting boards? See these miniatures displayed decade by decade, showing how they developed from crude toys to sophisticated replicas, then a peek through the child’s eye-view window at larger toy buses.

Remember your Green Cross Code and look left and right before stepping along the roadway’s zebra crossing, then see nostalgic displays of slot cars, tinplate roadways, I-Spy and Ladybird books and annuals, motoring-themed travel games and period-perfect artworks. Spot emergency services-themed playthings on show, as well as construction classics such as Airfix, Meccano and Lego, as well as scale model caravans and campervans in the Caravan and Motorhome Club showcase.

Watch archive Hot Wheels adverts and see nostalgic photos of pedal cars and their owners from yesteryear, then learn about the conservation work of the National Motor Museum Trust to preserve and restore exhibits.

Members of the Beaulieu One Hundred have been helping the curatorial team with the enormous task of preparing hundreds of toy cars for the exhibition. From the largest battery-operated child-sized racing car, to the smallest Matchbox toy, each one has been painstakingly cleaned in readiness to go on display.

Be sure to visit the Beaulieu gift shop where you can find the perfect toy car to take home from the wide selection on offer, including models from the Corgi range.

The National Motor Museum’s collection of over 280 vehicles is world-famous, along with its extensive range of motoring artefacts, photographic images, specialist reference library and film and video library. For more information about its collection and services see www.nationalmotormuseum.org.uk.

Following careful preparation and measures aimed at keeping both its visitors and staff safe, the attraction has been awarded the ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard from Visit Britain, which means they are following Government and industry Covid-19 guidelines and have processes in place to ensure social distancing and cleanliness.

From Saturday 4th July, visitors can once again enjoy all of the features of the attraction with a ticket to Beaulieu, including entry to the National Motor Museum, On Screen Cars, World of Top Gear, the ancestral Montagu home Palace House, Secret Army exhibition, Beaulieu Abbey and its grounds and gardens.

Tickets are available to pre-book online from 10am on Thursday 2nd July via www.beaulieu.co.uk.

 

 

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Accessible Lift
  • Disabled Parking
  • Disabled persons toilet
  • Wheelchair user accessible - Some of the garden and riverside paths are constructed of hoggin and/or gravel.

Catering

  • Cafe
  • Catering for groups
  • Outdoor eating area
  • Picnic area
  • Refreshments Available
  • Undercover picnic area
  • Vegetarians catered for

Children & Infants

  • Babes in Arms
  • Baby changing
  • Children’s packs
  • Children's Meals
  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome
  • Highchair(s) available
  • Outdoor children’s play area

COVID-19 Response

  • Advance booking essential
  • COVID-19 measures in place

Establishment Features

  • Beach/Coast 20 min walking distance
  • Dogs admitted on a lead
  • Garden / Grounds for visitors use
  • Gift shop
  • Groups by arrangement
  • Groups welcome
  • Guided tours - once daily in the Motor Museum
  • Licensed for alcohol
  • Licensed for weddings & ceremonies
  • Marquee Space Available
  • Meeting rooms
  • Open all year round
  • Open New Year
  • Open on bank holidays

Leisure Facilities

  • Private fishing rights
  • Private shooting rights

Parking & Transport

  • Coach parking
  • On Site Car Parking
  • On site parking close by

Payment Methods

  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Specialist Features

  • Educational Groups

TripAdvisor

Map & Directions

Road Directions

M27 exit Junction 2. Follow brown tourist signs towards Beaulieu. Plenty of free parking.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station: Brockenhurst is 7 miles

Awards

  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2020 Tourism South East Member 2020 2020
  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2020

Opening Times

Open (26 Sept 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*
Open (1 Jan 2021 - 27 May 2021)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*
Open (28 May 2021 - 25 Sept 2021)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 18:00*

* The attraction is open every day of the year except Christmas Day.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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