Beaulieu is found to the south-east of the new Forest. it is a small village known for several major regional attractions:
- the Beaulieu Car Museum (Motor Museum)
- Palace House
- nearby Bucklers Hard, part of the same estate
Each of these is individually very interesting, so allow plenty of time for your visit.
Beaulieu Car Museum
The museum is a pilgrimage destination for car lovers, especially enthusiasts of historical cars, and the cars used in the great land speed records.
There are various ther attractions at the car museum including the chance to ride on a very old bus, or to simulate a drive in a rally car - but none of these can match the pleasure of seeing the magnificent car collection itself - really a very good day out even if you don't yet realise that you are a motor enthusiast!
Beaulieu Palace House
Originally a simple gatehouse for Beaulieu Abbey, Palace House was constructed and modified at various times, mainly in the 16th and 19th centuries, to create the current very lovely property, in part open to the public. The Montagu family have lived in the house for almost 500 years.
A couple of kilometres south of Beaulieu, Bucklers hard is a hamlet on the solent that was originally an important port. Many of the boats used by Nelson were built and launched from here. Later the port regained importance during the Second World War as one of the points of preparation for the D-Day landings on the coast of Normandy, France.
Nowadays the focus is on tourism, and the two pretty rows of Georgian houses run down to a harbour contains that contains leisure boats.