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Buckler's Hard

Beaulieu, New Forest National Park, Brockenhurst SO42 7XB, England
01590 616203
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Ranked #5 of 6 attractions in Beaulieu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: On the banks of the Beaulieu River, in the heart of the New Forest, you will find the peaceful haven of Buckler’s Hard, the unique and picturesque... more » Owner description: On the banks of the Beaulieu River, in the heart of the New Forest, you will find the peaceful haven of Buckler’s Hard, the unique and picturesque village where warships for Nelson’s navy were built. Visit the historic cottage displays recreating 18th century life, take a delightful riverside walk or enjoy a cruise on the tranquil Beaulieu River. Gift shop and Captain’s Cabin Cafe. Open every day (except Christmas Day). « less
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

It's lovely and tranquil, and lovely to have a wander around the shore. Unfortunately we just missed the boat trips as in July when we went I think the last one was at 4.30pm. There's a very oldy worldy feel to it and the houses there look very English country.

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Watford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

We were in the new Forest and visited "Bucklers Hard" which in Napoleonic times was a fair sized thriving boatyard. They produced almost everything for the wooden ships within spitting distance of the slipways Oak of course and other woods for various Nautical purposes. There is a very well laid out and interesting Museum, a ducky chapel and of the... More

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Lots to do and see.Museum very nice and clean and contained items of great interest.Went for a trip on the river which was excellent value for money

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Frome, England, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I can imagine it being a bit heavy going in the full swing of the summer holidays but the location is steeped in history and the museum is a gem. Those of you who remember Sir Francis Chichester will not be disappointed. There are fantastic river views and walks and you can take a 30min boat trip for under a... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Visited here before but this time we wanted to take in the boat ride. We had gorgeous weather, there is a lovely pub here which we visited. The museum takes you back in time and the houses that you can go in are really eeire!!. Boat ride was great value, and we saw a seal relaxing en route!! Good value... More

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Sydney, Australia
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105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We arrived and stepped into the museum thinking it would be the usual. Little did we realise we were walking into another time zone. Rather than spoil the surprise by giving all the detail, I would recommend the visit. We stepped into a number of the 'homes' and got a good idea/feeling about living there back on the olde days.... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Well worth going to see where ships of the line were built and the houses the workers lived-in. The area is one of outstanding beauty with the river with yachts and cruisers passing by, its timeless. If you feel energetic you can walk to Beaulieu and back.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

There is a small museum packed with info around the history of Bucklers Hard. A lovely pub / restaurant and a gift shop serving beverages and a lovely cream tea. You can take a river boat trip for around £5

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Very interesting in how they built old war ships in timber from the New Forest. A lovely river to sit by and a really lovely pub by the river also a restaurant/cafe and convenient car parking close by.

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Moroto, Uganda
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

OK, we did not strictly go around Buckler's Hard, but the fact is that it is a village and hence there is a public footpath going right through the middle of it and along the banks of the river and so we just walked through. It is very picturesque and as we were passing through we stopped and had a... More

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