It’s hard to believe that three ships that fought at Trafalgar with Lord Nelson were built in the idyllic little New Forest hamlet of Buckler’s Hard. But this now peaceful riverside tourist spot, now focused around a maritime museum, was once a hub of shipbuilding activity and has been cleverly transformed into a living history outdoor exhibition. The museum tells the story of 18th century shipbuilding life while the shipwright’s cottage highlights the difference in lifestyle between this much-in-demand craftsman’s life and the lowly ship labourer’s. But there’s lots more besides – take a lazy boat trip down the Beaulieu River (a major landing point for smugglers) or meander down its tree-lined banks which teem with wildlife. There’s also a lovely apple orchard whose fruits are used to make the local Beaulieu apple juice served in the Captain’s Cabin Tea Room.
Bucklers Hard Village also has a Museum / Art Gallery:
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"An old shipbuilding village on the banks of the Beaulieu River in the New Forest, this peaceful spot is particularly attractive when the weather is fine. Visit the old shops in the High Street, the re-created shipwright’s house, amble through the apple orchard and maybe take a trip on the river. Two cafes. Picnic tables. Family ticket £18. Open all year."
Information on Bucklers Hard Village , Maritime Museum , Bucklers Hard , Beaulieu
|Opening Times:||Daily from 10:0 Closing times vary. Closed Xmas Day.|
|Admission:||Please see website.|
|Location:||3 miles from Beaulieu, follow brown signs|
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