The Challenge:For one of the Christmas specials, the Top Gear team is given the challenge of covering 1,000 miles from the south of Vietnam to the North - in 10 days. And they are given millions of local currency to buy themselves some wheels. The problem is... The millions turn out to be only USD 1,500 per person - nowhere near enough to buy any...more
The Challenge:Clarkson, Hammond and May - the modern-day 'three wise men' - have to follow in the footsteps of the original Three Wise Men, getting from by northern Iraq to a stable in Bethlehem, using second-hand two-seater convertibles bought for 3,500 pounds - supposedly carrying the gifts for baby Jesus (including a Nintendo console). They...more
This is the car used on the show in an attempt by Clarkson and May to be the first to drive a motor vehicle to the 1996 location of the Magnetic North Pole, racing Hammond going to the Pole on a dog sledge. Starting from Resolute, in Canada, the car crew won - although not but such a huge margin as one might imagine - getting through ice boulder...more
The ChallengeClarkson gets the challenge envelope and flinchesMay: Is it bad? Clarkson: Yes. No, REALLY bad. You will now drive to Dover. May: No... Clarkson: And then you will cross the Channel to FranceThe ExhibitsThe actual cars used by the presenters to try and cross the Channel - which were actually upgrades to a similar challenge, but on a...more
Buckler's Hard is about two miles outside Beaulieu, and I really recommend a visit. I actually preferred it to the more famous attractions of the Palace and the Motor Museum in the village itself.Buckler's Hard is an 18th century village famed for its ship-building. Most famously, the ships for Nelson's fleet were bulit here, and there is an...more
I think this was probably my favourite part of my visit to Beaulieu. It was a beautiful, sunny Easter day, and sitting in the cloisters provided a serene contrast to the bustle of the rest of the site. And I didn't notice any of the ghosts that are reputed to haunt the ruins! The abbey was founded in the early 12th century by Cistercian monks - a...more
The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu is probably the most popular attraction. It has been put together over several decades by the Montagu family, and the collection of over 250 vehicles provides an fascinating account of the development of the car and motorcycle over the past 100 or so years. There are specialist collections, including one of...more
Entrance to the Palace is included in the (rather expensive!) cost of the ticket price to Beaulieu. It remains the home of Lord Montagu and as such only a few rooms are open to the public. They are lovely to see, but I did leave the Palace wishing I could have viewed more. The Palace dates back to the 14th century, but the present interior reflects...more
Place Lane Beaulieu So42 7zl Hampshire England, Be
Good for: Solo
The Montagu Arms Hotel is certainly one of the most romantic and extraordinarily beautiful hotels of...more
Bucklers Hard,New Forest, New Forest, Beaulieu, EN
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Couples
The Old Bakehouse is just off the main street in Beaulieu and is a wonderful place to treat yourself! The cottage was originally the village bakery, and the enormous ovens can still be seen in the tea room. It is very quaint and 'olde-worlde' - a million miles away from Starbucks! We had the cream tea - a pot of tea, and two enormous home-made...more
You can't fail to miss this pub in the centre of Beaulieu village. It is also a hotel and restaurant. We stopped here for a drink and found it a little pricey - a simple ploughman's lunch was around £8 - so we didn't eat and I can't comment ion the food. The service was fine though.The donkeys in this picture often roam through the village as they...more
552 Reviews and Opinions
Given that Beaulieu houses the National Motor Museum (not to mention the Top Gear exhibition), it's only fitting to be getting there by car.
Beaulieu is very easy to reach from most places in the south of England, being located between Bournemouth and Southampton. From London, the easiest way is to follow the M25, turning off to M3, and from there onto M27. Take the second exit onto A36, and from there a number of smaller local B-roads will get you to the destination.
Beaulieu is very well signposted as a tourist attraction (brown/white signs), so no real need for a satnav. However, the location is showing up as a point of interest if you would prefer to take one. Or use the postcode SO42 7ZN.
Do not attempt to feed the donkeys at the river as they will follow you and butt you when you have run out of food. I have seen lots of tourists giving the donkeys bread that they have left over after feeding the ducks. I know this also from personal experience when I was chased up the road and into the local shop by one of them. I recovered to go and see the swans on the opposite side of the river, and one tried to attack me!!!!
It is, however, one of the most picturesque villages that you will see in Hampshire, and full of little quaint shops to visit.
All over the New Forest animals roam freely. The area is famous for the wild ponies, but cattle, pigs & deer can be seen all over and in many of the villages ponies and donkeys wander around the streets. Another charming aspect of the New Forest.In Beaulieu there are several donkeys, a particular mother and her baby regularly wander from the picnic...more
This is a lovely village, and general area, to walk around to soak up the atmosphere. Gently sloping rather than hilly, it's not hard work. Walk down the High Street to the Montagu Arms pub, then just beyond that is a pretty spot on the river bank, with lovely old buildings across the water, where you can have a picnic. Just a little further on is...more