On the edge of the New Forest National Park in Hampshire, is the town of Beaulieu, a stunning example of English living. With excellent accessibility, including trains and buses, Beaulieu is becoming a popular destination with holidaymakers, whether for the day or the week.
Beaulieu houses a number of sites of interest, including Palace House. Palace House is a great example of a gothic country house and is a member of the Treasure Houses of the England Consortium. Beaulieu also plays host to a favourite attraction amongst those with boyhood dreams – the National Motor Museum, where you can see a variety of famous and historic motor vehicles.
Beaulieu is a fabulous spot to partake in a spot of bird watching, with Warblers, Honey Buzzards and many more to be spotted in its surrounds. The town also features a small maritime museum and modern yachting marina, which can be fully enjoyed during the warmer days.
Beaulieu, John Montagu Building, Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7ZN (01590) 612345
Comprising an Abbey, Palace House and the National Motor Museum; as well as a Secret Army exhibition, BBC TV “Top Gear” and James Bond experiences; Beaulieu is a town full of excitement.
Visitors can travel around the site by the high-level, mile-long monorail, or even a 1912 open-topped London bus.
Buckler’s Hard, Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7XB (01590) 616203
Perched on the banks of the Beaulieu River is the peaceful 18th Century village of Buckler’s Hard.
It was here that Nelson’s fleet of ships were constructed, and its story is told through a number of buildings, including a Maritime Museum, Master Builder’s House and Shipbuilding launch ways.
Visitors can also enjoy 30-minute river cruises, woodland and riverside walks.