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Buckler's Hard

New Forest

Type:Museum

Buckler's Hard, New Forest, Hampshire, SO42 7XB

Tel: +44 01590 616203

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Buckler's Hard

About

Step back in time on the banks of the Beaulieu River at the peaceful haven of Buckler's Hard. Discover what it was like to live and work in an 18th century shipbuilding village; home to the ships built for Nelson's fleet at Trafalgar.

Today, the village continues to thrive, unspoilt by the passage of time; discover how the local timber at Buckler's Hard was used in the 18th and 19th centuries to construct ships for the British Navy.

Visit the Maritime Museum which tells the story of this unique village, bringing to life the characters who lived here at the time of Henry Adams, the Master Shipbuilder at Buckler's Hard between 1744 and 1805. Historic displays in the Labourer's and Shipwright's cottages show how the village would have looked in the early 1800s, and inside the New Inn, hear residents from the time gossiping about local matters.

The SS Persia exhibition tells the remarkable story of this P&O liner, and its links with Rolls Royce and the Montagu family. In December 1915, the ship was torpedoed by a German U-Boat in the Mediterranean. On board were Lord John Montagu and his personal assistant Eleanor Thornton, the model for the iconic Rolls Royce mascot, the Spirit of Ecstasy.

Learn about the Beaulieu River's important role during WWll; where sections of the 'Mulberry Harbour' were made and where hundreds of craft sailed from in the D-Day landings. Stroll along the pathways beside, or between Easter and October join the River Cruise which transports you on a tranquil journey along the River, revealing the abundant wildlife that inhabits its riverbanks. 

Buckler's Hard is a place for relaxation as well as exploration. Refreshments are to hand at the Captain's Cabin Café and The Master Builder's House Hotel, overlooking the River.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult: Advance£6.90 per ticket
Adult: On the day£7.50 per ticket
Child (5-16):£5.20 per ticket
Child (5-16): Advance£4.70 per ticket
Family: Advance£19.70 per ticket
Family: On the day£21.00 per ticket
Senior (60+): Advance£6.40 per ticket
Senior (60+): On the day£7.00 per ticket

Save money with an annual pass: https://www.bucklershard.co.uk/plan-your-visit/annual-passes/
For full pricing and ticket information visit: https://www.bucklershard.co.uk/plan-your-visit/ticket-prices/

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Road From London take the M3, then the M27 westbound, exiting at Junction 2 on to the A326. Follow the brown and white tourist signs for either Beaulieu or the National Motor Museum. At Beaulieu Village, follow the brown and white tourist signs to Buckler’s Hard. The approximate travel time from London is 2 hours.  

Public Transport Directions

Travel to Buckers Hard by public transport and you will receive 20% discount off your standard admission.

Public transport to Buckers Hard varies seasonally, please check Buckler's Hard travel page for the latest information.

Awards

  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2018 Tourism South East Member 2018 2018

Opening Times

Open (1 Oct 2016 - 24 Dec 2017)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:30
Open (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)
DayTimes
Open (25 Mar 2017 - 30 Sept 2017)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
Open (1 Oct 2017 - 24 Mar 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:30

* The attraction is open every day of the year except Christmas Day as indicated. The last admission each day is 30 minutes prior to closing time.

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