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Buckler's Hard Village

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

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Buckler's Hard Village

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

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Summary

Situated on the Beaulieu River in the heart of the New Forest, the 18th Century shipbuilding village of Buckler's Hard features a Maritime Museum, reconstructed cottage interiors and more...

Where is Buckler's Hard Village located?

Buckler's Hard is situated in Hampshire in the heart of the New Forest. We're not far from Bournemouth and Southampton and there's easy access from London.

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

During the 18th century the owner of the Beaulieu Estate, John, 2nd Duke of Montagu, had ambitious plans; a port named ‘Montagu Town’, for the import and export of sugar. Unfortunately his dream was dashed when the French captured the islands. Montagu Town was reborn as a shipbuilding village named Buckler’s Hard. Over 50 wooden ships were built for the Royal Navy, including the vessels Agamemnon, Euryalus and Swiftsure, all of which fought at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. During the Second World War, Buckler’s Hard became a motor torpedo base and, further downstream harbours were used in preparation for the D-Day landings. In 1963 the Buckler’s Hard Maritime Museum was opened in what had been the New Inn.

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

Wander down the wide high street to the water's edge and explore the peaceful haven of Buckler's Hard Village. Visit the Maritime Museum to discover the role Buckler's Hard played in Britain's shipbuilding history and then step inside the Shipwright's Cottage to see how a shipwright and his family lived in the 18th century. From Easter to October, hop aboard the river cruise for a tranquil boat trip down the Beaulieu River.

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Buckler's Hard is a place for relaxation as well as exploration! The Captain's Cabin Tea Rooms serves cream teas, light lunches and all day snacks.

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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
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