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Buckler's Hard Village

Maritime Museum, Buckler's Hard, Beaulieu, Hampshire, SO42 7XB

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Maritime Museum, Buckler's Hard, Beaulieu, Hampshire, SO42 7XB

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Summary

Bordering the Beaulieu River in the picturesque New Forest, the 18th Century shipbuilding village of Buckler's Hard offers a fascinating maritime museum, period cottage reconstructions and more.

Where is Buckler's Hard Village located?

Just a short distance from Southampton and Bournemouth, Buckler’s Hard is located in the heart of the New Forest, in Hampshire. There is easy access from London.

What is the history of Buckler's Hard Village to the present day?

Back in the 18th century, the then owner of the Beaulieu Estate, John, Second Duke of Montagu, planned to build an impressive port in the West Indies, called Montagu Town. When the French captured the islands, those dreams had to be reformed, and Buckler’s Hard is the result. More than 50 ships were built there for the British navy, including several that saw action at the Battle of Trafalgar. In 1963, after a varied history, Buckler’s Hard became a tourist attraction, with the Maritime Museum housed in what was once the New Inn.

What is there to see and do at Buckler's Hard Village?

Visitors can explore the village of Buckler’s Hard, taking in the Maritime Museum, and visiting the Shipwright’s Cottage, to see what life was like for a villager here in the 18th century. During the summer season, visitors can also take a river cruise on the Beaulieu River.

Other information

The Captain's Cabin Tea Rooms serves light lunches, all day snacks and cream teas.

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Inspirations

Buckler's Hard Village is part of the following Inspirations:

Historical attractions for kids and adults alike by Dinah Hatch

"Down by the river in the little rural New Forest hamlet of Buckler’s Hard sits a maritime museum that details how this unassuming little spot was once a hive of shipbuilding industry, churning out three vessels that fought at Trafalgar with Lord Nelson. This outdoor living history exhibition shows how life would have been for those involved in the shipbuilding industry – the shipwright’s cottage highlights the difference between the well-to-do life of the shipwright and the rather more frugal existence of an unskilled labourer. You can also take a boat trip down the Beaulieu River and stop off for lunch in the Captain’s Cabin Tea Room."

Location Inspirations

Buckler's Hard Village is part of the following Inspirations based on location:

Hampshire's Best Sights by Ben Ward

"Hampshire is a county known to fly somewhat under the radar. Adjacent to Dorset with its beautiful beaches; and Sussex, which contains one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the whole of the UK in Brighton, some might think that Hampshire has nothing to offer. This article will beg to differ and begin to explore some of the best spots, sights and attractions that are an absolute must for anyone wishing to visit the county."

Information on Buckler's Hard Village , Maritime Museum , Buckler's Hard , Beaulieu

Opening Times: Daily from 10am. Closed Christmas Day.
Admission: Please call or visit website for latest prices.
Child Friendly:  Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly: Dogs Permitted (Dogs are welcome at Buckler's Hard but not permitted inside buildings)
Location: 3 miles from Beaulieu, follow brown signs
Facilities: Parking Availability, Restaurant, Shop

Summer Living History

See the past come to life at the historic shipbuilding village of Buckler’s Hard this summer! Join costumed characters on daily tours to discover what life was like in the 18th century and listen as they share tales from this once-thriving vill...

Maritime Museum, Beaulieu, Hampshire, SO42 7XB

Start: 10:00

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Finish: 17:00

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