Beaulieu Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by Ellie22
  • Things to Do
    by Ellie22
  • Things to Do
    by Ellie22

Beaulieu Things to Do

  • Take a stroll through the gardens

    Originally the grounds of the Abbey, the gardens include; a Victorian Flower Garden, a dedicated rose garden, the Wilderness Garden, the Ornamental Kitchen Garden and the scenic Mill Pond Walk .

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  • Palace House

    After the Dissolution of the Monasteries during the reign of Henry VIII, the Beaulieu estate fell into the hands of Thomas Wriothesley, a royal servant and close associate of Thomas Cromwell. He purchased Beaulieu from the King in July 1538, for the sum of £1,340 6s 8d. He adapted the former gatehouse into a manor house, though it was not used as a...

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  • The World of Top Gear

    The World of Top Gear is a must for fans of a certain 'ambitious but rubbish' TV show. You can see many of the vehicles that have been involved in Top Gear challenges over the years (or what is left of them...) including the stretched Fiat Panda, and the Reliant Space Shuttle.The 'Enormodrome' offers an opportunity to experience what it is like...

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  • Beaulieu: Palace House, Abbey and Motor...

    There are four separate main attractions at Beaulieu, all included in a single ticket:Beaulieu Abbey, the remains of the original Cistercian Abbey; Palace House, the home of the Montagu family, which was converted from the original Abbey gatehouse; The National Motor Museum and The World of Top Gear, so there is something for everyone. There are...

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  • Beaulieu Abbey

    Beaulieu Abbey was founded in 1204, on land given by King John to the Cistercian monks, probably in order to make up for previous misdeeds. It was his only religious foundation, and was on the site of a former royal hunting lodge in the New Forest. The Cistercian order itself had been founded in 1098, by the Abbot of Citeaux, who felt that the...

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  • National Motor Museum

    John, Second Baron Montagu of Beaulieu was one of the early pioneers of motoring in England. He was the first person to drive a motor car into the House of Commons Yard, and as MP for the New Forest he promoted a bill that raised the speed limit from 12 to 20 mph in 1903. The National Motor Museum began as a display of veteran cars which the...

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  • Nice carmuseum

    Beaulieu has a nice carmuseum for James Bondcars and cars with global speedrecords like the bluebird and so plus many vintagecars of last century. It is a nice castle and park also. Maybe 2-3 hours from London, it is close to Southhampton.

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  • Top Gear - The Vietnam Special

    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...

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  • Top Gear - Middle East Special

    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...

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  • Polar Special - The Arctic Hilux

    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...

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  • Top Gear - The Channel Challenge

    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...

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  • Buckler's Hard

    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...

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  • Beaulieu Abbey

    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...

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  • Beaulieu Motor Museum

    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...

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  • Beaulieu Palace

    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...

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Beaulieu Hotels

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  • The Montagu Arms Hotel

    The Montagu Arms Hotel is certainly one of the most romantic and extraordinarily beautiful hotels of...

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  • Montagu Arms

    Place Lane Beaulieu So42 7zl Hampshire England, Be

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Master Builders House Hotel

    Bucklers Hard,New Forest, New Forest, Beaulieu, EN

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

Beaulieu Restaurants

  • The best cream tea!

    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...

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  • His Lordship's local

    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...

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Beaulieu Transportation

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    by Maria81 Written Nov 6, 2011

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    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.

    James May's 'Motorhome'
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Beaulieu Warnings and Dangers

  • by 123Alli Updated May 30, 2006

    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.

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Beaulieu Favorites

  • Wildlife in the streets.

    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...

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  • Walking is best.

    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...

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