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“An entertaining morning!”
Review of Buckler's Hard

Buckler's Hard
Ranked #3 of 12 things to do in Beaulieu
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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).
Middle England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“An entertaining morning!”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

A short drive to Bucklers Hard from Lymington. First visit to New Forest and so much to do. Blessed with unseasonal warm weather we choose to visit this historical dockyard on the banks of the river Beaulieu.

Bucklers Hard is a great place to while away a few hours. The maritime museum on site was very informative - almost too much to take in and absorb with some really amazing crafted models on display. True some of the properties are residential and only a couple are open as exhibits but that was enough. The pub was a pleasant surprise and although we didn't eat the food looked good and trade was brisk.

Three hours was enough for us to relax, spend some time in the museum and enjoy a drink at both the cafe and the lovely tea room. With more time on our hands we would have taken the path to Beaulieu and back. Not sure this is a full day's entertainment unless you walk and pay extra for a river cruise, but I was satisfied with the value for money for the amount of time spent there.

Visited April 2013
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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“Awesome :)”
Reviewed April 25, 2013

Amazing day out!! Really enjoyed myself i will defiantly be recomending to friends and family and will be back in the summer.

Visited March 2013
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Got to see it”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

I'm a geek, and this place totally fascinated me. Its a bit like Stonehenge, you just think how did the people who lived and worked here build what they did? A couple of big ditches and some skilled craftsmen and suddenly you've got the HMS Agamemnon! Its astonishing and the understated commentary in the village gets the process of educating you just right.

Visited April 2013
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Hythe Kent
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Everything in one Place”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

Situated a short distance from Beaulieu Motor Museum this offers a variety of options
The Museum is excellent giving a complete history of the Boatyard and its past connections with Nelsons Ships
Interactive displays coupled with superb maps articles and stories means you can have a very interesting and informative few hours interspersed with tea,lunch etc.
Wonderful views of the river and wildlife.
Two very good eating establishments, I recommend the Pub for its good food and service.
eating outside was a pleasure with great views.
There is a short boat ride on offer which is worth the effort.

Visited April 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Very enjoyable day out”
Reviewed April 13, 2013

A very interesting day out could spend many hours just in the museum it self reading all the info, The grounds its self are dog friendly however understandable you are unable to take them into the buildings, but lovely walks in the grounds.
The cottages were fascinating to walk through.
A lovely day in all, cant help thinking that it would just finish it all off if they could get funding to build a ship there so you really could get an idea of the true amazing scale of what these people in times past were dealing with. MAD I KNOW!

Visited April 2013
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