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Beaulieu Abbey-Palace House

Beaulieu, Beaulieu, New Forest National Park, Brockenhurst SO42 7ZN, England
01590 612345
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Ranked #2 of 6 Attractions in Beaulieu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
Owner description: This historic village offers many interesting attractions including the Palace House, formerly a 14th-century Great Gatehouse, and Beaulieu Abbey,... more » Owner description: This historic village offers many interesting attractions including the Palace House, formerly a 14th-century Great Gatehouse, and Beaulieu Abbey, founded in 1204 by Cistercian monks. « less
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England
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

There are actors inhabiting the beautiful house and garden who sing, play the piano, help with the children's games and act out little scenes with one of the lovely cars, they were very good and really added to what could have been quite a dry experience...they brought it to life. Well done Beaulieu.

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Beaulieu_Hampshire, Public Relations Manager at Beaulieu Abbey-Palace House, responded to this review

We are pleased to read that you enjoyed your visit to the Beaulieu. The guides and performers in Palace House take great pride in providing a memorable and enjoyable experience for visitors, and they will be delighted to hear that they enhanced your visit to this historic stately home. More

Weymouth, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
21 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We visited as part of the Beaulieu motor museum, beautiful grounds, lovely Abbey and funny monk to show you round.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Absolutely terrential rain but still managed to have a really good day out. We went primarily to see the supercars but did a tour of the grounds too. Unfortunately because of the weather the cars were restricted to what they could do, I think there were supposed to be more demonstrations and the go-karts weren't running, but we took lots... More

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England
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Beautiful house, warm welcome from staff. Very nice grounds to stroll in, especially the cottage garden.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

While at the motor museum, we thought we would visit the Abbey & the stately home, Boy am I glad we did, The Abbey, the Grounds, & the Stately home were fantastic. The grounds are set out beautifully, the Abby is very peaceful & atmospheric, then the Home is not what you expect, this one, although big, feels lived in,... More

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

My husband and I love cars, our two daughters don't especially, but we were all blown away by this place. The cars are fantastic, the Top Gear collection/experience is a hoot! the grounds are lovely - and the thing I really must mention - was the excellent display of Falconry and birds. The lovely man who looked after the birds,... More

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Beaulieu_Hampshire, Public Relations Manager at Beaulieu Abbey-Palace House, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind comments, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit, particularly regarding World of Top Gear and our falconry display. Our expert falconer carries out displays throughout the whole of our summer holiday programme. He has been giving his summer demonstrations at Beaulieu for a number of years and remains hugely popular. More

South Coast
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Everything I expected and more. Interesting and educational. The adjoining Abbey with Birds of prey and historical information and artifacts also worth the visit.

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Flitwick, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Worth the visit if you've already paid to visit the Motor Museum. Probably not worth the fee just for these buildings.

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Bournemouth
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56 reviews 56 reviews
17 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This is a top notch attraction with a variety of good quality activities for an all-in price. For history buffs the house is charming, full of portraits and with knowledgeable staff in costume, and an actor delivers a witty monologue about aspects of the family history. There are relics of the former Cistercian abbey and we had a display of... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I'm not a car person and neither are the children - and we're not top gear fans so to start with we were a bit nonplussed and wondered why we'd bothered!!! However, beyond the cars the palace was wonderful, secret army exhibition fascinating and games on the lawn lots if fun! We had a great day out that was different... More

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