Buckler's Hard
Buckler's Hard
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
On the banks of the Beaulieu River, in the heart of the New Forest, you will find the peaceful haven of Buckler's Hard which remains untouched by the passage of time. Once a thriving shipbuilding village where ships for Nelson's fleet at Trafalgar were built, now Buckler's Hard is a tranquil village, perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of modern life. Amble down the high street to watch the boats sailing by on the Beaulieu River or, if you're feeling more energetic, follow the scenic 2 mile footpath between Buckler’s Hard and Beaulieu. For those keen to learn more about the heritage of Buckler's Hard, for a small admission charge, you can discover the history of the village in the Buckler's Hard Museum or catch a seasonal river cruise along the Beaulieu River. Visitors are invited to relax and refuel at The Captain's Table eatery serving delicious cooked breakfasts, lunches, cream teas, or a delicious ice cream.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • LightAleCavalier
    703 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic village in the New Forest
    BUcklers Hard is a former shipbuilding village on the Beaulieu River. Parking is good - you pay on departure. There is a very pleasant cafe near the entrance. The main street runs down to the river where the ships were built in a relatively secure place. One of the houses is open as a small reminder of how things were. There is also a tiny church within another that is still in use. We took a cruise on the river - very relaxing and generally good. A great place to spend some time.
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful feedback with us. We're glad you had such a great time!
    Written August 29, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 26, 2023
  • jane s
    Brighton, United Kingdom78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice little visit
    We went today and had a lovely time, we went on the boat trip which was very relaxing and informative so well worth doing and a very reasonable price. We ate in the cafe which was very nice, portion sizes were very good and the food was well presented and hot. We all enjoyed our visit and planning to come again
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 6, 2023
  • gillian m
    Swansea, United Kingdom588 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty spot
    Such a pretty spot especially when the weather is pleasant. Lovely views along the river. I loved the museum house showing how people lived. Fascinating. Especially as homes were less cluttered then. We do fill our homes with too much 'stuff' these days. There's a very nice bar and restaurant plus a hotel but didn't have time to have a drink. Beautifully decorated and furnished. Also popped into the small shop but since there's a charge for the museum, we didn't have time to go in.
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful feedback with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!
    Written August 29, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 14, 2023
  • James Burge
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great afternoon at Buklers hard
    We took the kids to bucklers hard. They had a fantastic day. The food was lovely. The lady’s in the museum ( Sharon ) were fantastic with the kids explaining some history of the area. The boat trip was superb. Tom and Oliver were knowledgeable of the area and local wildlife. Highly recommended and a lovely day.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 17, 2023
  • Jane J
    Southampton, United Kingdom221 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Bucklers Hard
    Beautiful day to visit. The walk between the houses down to the river is lovely. Took the boat trip down the river. £21 something for a family ticket. Although the trip is only about thirty minutes it certainly seems much longer. It was really lovely. There was a commentary about the history, the different sights we passed and also about the birds etc you might see. The commentary was not always easy to hear but was very informative. A leaflet would have been useful. There was both outdoor and undercover seating. We didn’t visit the museum as have been before but would definitely recommend as a place to visit and the boat trip a must do.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 23, 2023
  • lindypindydbwoods
    Hartley Wintney, United Kingdom153 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good place to let dogs and little people let off steam
    The Museum and Shop were excellent. Plenty here for the children and grown ups alike to enjoy. Pick up a promotional leaflet to get a discount on entry to the museum and a 30 minute boat trip which was very informative about the area generally. The little cafe - Captains Table - served good food and was very good value. Nice people there too.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 27, 2023
  • balloonmouse
    Hampshire, United Kingdom120 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit but be aware of parking charges
    Visited with my three year old grandson midweek during school holidays. Admission free for him as under 5 and, for me, a recycled teenager (as the lady at Reception so nicely put it) a reasonable £5.40 for admission to museum which also gives you £1 off boat trip. Parking is pay as you leave at the machines by café and was £4.80 for up to 3 hours so need to factor this in. You don’t have to pay any admission if you don’t fancy the museum. Boat trip can be popular so get there early as you can’t prebook. My grandson enjoyed the trip which was just enough length for him at half an hour. Good idea to take some snacks and drinks. There was commentary on board. Museum was interesting but not really for a 3 year old who preferred clambering over the canons outside. A few cottages are open to show life in the past and these are free to visit. The Master Builder’s hotel and restaurant looked inviting and had a nice garden but we chose The Captain’s Cabin café which was pleasant and reasonably priced. Wasps outside a nuisance but there is indoor seating. Staff all friendly. A maritime themed playground would be nice!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 29, 2023
  • cheryl p
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Poor cup of tea
    Fantastic place to visit, great river cruise. The whole afternoon was amazing withe the river cruise and the museum after to be let down by not being able to order a pot of tea. The teapots were there and the cups too. Being told a member of staff had gone home we now had to have take away cups. Tea tasted dreadful. My wasted money as you guys behind the cafe are lazy staff(men). You thought of yourselves rather give good service. Such a shame to the end of a great afternoon at Buckler Hard. Let down by the cafe totally
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 11, 2023
  • Maddie B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    River Cruise
    Yesterday we went with my family to Buckler's Hard and did the river cruise. Captain Salvo entertained us a lot and his commentary was very informative. He also gave our dog Texer a biscuit which he really appreciated. Certainly, this Italian captain is a credit to his company. Thanks for the great experience xx Maddie B
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 23, 2023
  • Sue T
    Brent Knoll, United Kingdom138 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A slight disappointment
    We decided to walk from Beaulieu to Bucklers Hard. We parked in the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu and then walked along a well sign posted route to Bucklers Hard. In some respects we thought we would be walking alongside water but whilst the route was well maintained we couldn't really see the water. Bucklers Hard seemed quite commercialised and there wasn't a lot of places to just sit and relax after our walk.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 24, 2023
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Catherine
London6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
The best thing about this site is the Maritime Museum. This is extensive and showcases many periods in the site's history including ship worker's lives and cottages, local social life, naval ship building and shipwreck. The river cruise is a waste of money, there is very little to see on the river and the commentary is not very interesting. It cost £20 for three of us including two seniors. Recommend going for the Maritime Museum, Chapel and Shipwright's Cottage and allow at least 90 minutes for all three. We were also given one free ticket to the museum on entry to the car park - if we had known this in advance we would have chosen the museum over the river cruise.
Written July 29, 2021
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Hi Catherine, we’re really glad to hear you enjoyed discovering the story of Buckler’s Hard in the Maritime Museum, but are sorry you were disappointed with your trip on the River Cruise. Usually we receive very positive feedback about the beautiful views and the chance to learn about the wildlife and history of the river through the commentary, so are sorry that this wasn’t your experience. We hope you’ll be able to come back and spend more time in the Maritime Museum again soon.
Written August 9, 2021
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Pete M
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Jul 2020 • Family
Really disappointed by Bucklers Hard, particularly during Covid. £15 for a couple to walk round a small museum and handful of rooms in a house in a compulsory mask does not constitute good value. This is particularly true since the beautiful scenery can and is accessed for free by hordes who walk down the public footpath and buy a coffee from the van set up for this purpose. The
Written July 24, 2020
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Skywalker3
East Anglia203 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The advertising says half a day is recommended but in reality you’d be hard pushed to spend more than two hours hear. It’s an historical gem no doubt, and the museum is well worth a visit (although be prepared to be turned away as Covid 19 restrictions limit numbers) but for the price charged there’s little to actually see. Save your money and walk down the footpath from Beaulieu instead.
Written August 21, 2020
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Entrance to the Buckler’s Hard attraction includes entry to the Maritime Museum, shipbuilders’ cottages and chapel, as well as private parking for visitors to Buckler’s Hard – which we hope offers value for money. The footpath from Beaulieu provides a public right of way through the centre of the village for walkers; however this does not give access to the other features of the village. If walkers from Beaulieu wish to enjoy the features of the attraction, which include the museum, tea rooms, woodland walk, display cottages and waterfront, they are required to pay an entrance fee which helps to preserve the village so it can be enjoyed by future generations.
Written October 5, 2020
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Alison C
Southend-on-Sea, UK89 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
This is a beautiful place to visit and they have made it Covid safe. However, be warned this does restrict what you can do.

The museum was open, but with a one way system in place, we couldn’t linger and read the information, without a queue building up behind us. This also meant that when others did so, we found ourselves queuing on stairs etc to maintain social distancing.

The tea room was open and had really effective safety measures in place, but the tea was served in paper cups, which meant it wasn’t as good an experience as in a china cup. I stress this is not a complaint about Bucklers Hard, just information for anyone visiting this summer.

We couldn’t get booked into the pub for lunch, even though I called the night before our visit, so, after the boat trip on the river we headed out to Hatchet pond for a picnic. It was in the middle of a heatwave and there was nowhere shady at Bucklers Hard to sit and eat.
Written August 15, 2020
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Sheila A
4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
There is no question that this is a beautiful place to visit, large open space lovely view and splendid history. I was disappointed with the museum which has suffered, through no fault of the owners, from Covid restrictions meaning a very slow pace if the family group in front are reading every bit of information. It was so hot we gave up and back tracked.
It was then disappointing to see that we did not need to have paid an entrance fee to simply enjoy the view so felt rather ‘done’ compared to those visitors who simply walked i for free from nearly Beaulieu.
Did enjoy a discount on the rather lovely boat ride with our ticket so a plus there.
Also found out later could have got a discount with our Motor museum ticket where we headed after - missed the advert for that. Bear in mind if you plan to visit both attractions.
Written August 6, 2020
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Thank you for your review. The footpath from Beaulieu provides a public right of way through the centre of the village for walkers; however this does not give access to the other features of the village. If walkers from Beaulieu wish to enjoy the features of the attraction, which include the museum, tea rooms, woodland walk, display cottages and waterfront, they are required to pay an entrance fee which helps to preserve the village so it can be enjoyed by future generations.
Written October 5, 2020
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Wander528710
Fleet, UK1 contribution
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Aug 2020 • Family
We paid £27.70 today for 3 adults and a child . Very disappointing , booked on the day with no tickets forwarded . The riverside walk was closed off and after walking further down we found you can actually access the site for free without tickets . All access points that were showing ticket only , the cottages and museum had no staff manning any entrance it exits . Very poor and very disappointing morning . We have contacted to complain as of yet no response from a refund request .
Written August 27, 2020
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Thank you for your review. Tickets to Buckler’s Hard include entry to the Maritime Museum, Shipbuilders’ cottages and chapel. Those who use the footpath from Beaulieu do not have access to the attraction without a ticket and this is monitored regularly by staff.
Written October 5, 2020
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Vacation51496159341
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Friends
This is a great place to spend a couple of hours or longer if you choose to eat at the pub. The £5 parking charge seems very reasonable as does the charge to visit the small but excellent little onsite museum - particularly good are the exhibits of places with waxworks of actual people from the past. The cottage you can go in is really interesting. The boat trip is worth 45 minutes of your time too. The journey there through the park dodging the cows and ponies on the road was great fun for this Londoner.
Written July 16, 2021
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Thanks for your lovely comments. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written July 21, 2021
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Fiona M
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
We came here after reading a convincing advert in a pamphlet given to us at our campsite describing a quaint village with many attractions and living museum.
There is only one villiage house you can go inside with a total of zero information plaques to provide any context for the poorly maintained displays. The maritime museum looked pretty tired and at £6 each we gave it a miss. The cafe was the biggest disappointment with the food being poor and pretty expensive. The natural scenery is beautiful (like the rest of the new forest), but if you were coming here for the historic village I would recommend skipping. Parking was also rather steep given the lack of things to do.
Written June 19, 2022
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Emma A
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
We visited here as part of our journey home, set in the Beaulieu estate this maritime museum is very interesting and quaint with rooms set up as original. Informative staff and on a warm/dry day would you can enjoy a fantastic stroll through the woods and along the river bank which is a must for walkers/dog owners. We were fortunaten to spend the day without too many visitors as the day was a bit wet, its busy in the drier months/days - it has an on-site pub and tearooms. Staff extremely knowledgeable and friendly and nothing is too much trouble there is also a small gift shop situated in the tearooms. Definitely worth a visit for the history of the river, Beaulieu village is accessible on foot, and the motor museum is a short drive away. The drive on the Beaulieu estate offers the chance to see deer, cattle, donkeys and horses and beautiful scenery.
Written March 6, 2020
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It is great to hear you enjoyed a day at Buckler’s Hard discovering the history of the village in the Maritime Museum. Thank you for your kind review, we look forward to welcoming you again soon.
Written March 20, 2020
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Retired_Gentleman
Southampton, UK267 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Buckler’s Hard is another of those local places that you never get round to visit until you become tour guide for a visitor who is staying with you. And another of those places that is hard to believe still exist, and right on my doorstep too. It is a lovely peaceful tiny hamlet on the sloping banks of the Beaulieu River, an idyllic setting now, but a hive of shipbuilding industry back in the 18th and 19th centuries. We stopped off first at the maritime museum and spent way longer there than we thought likely, there is a huge amount of information available there. Strolling down to the hamlet we took in the lovely view, and stopped off in the shipwright’s cottage and the little chapel.
Written May 27, 2020
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