An afternoon at Buckler's Hard

On the banks of the Beaulieu River, in the heart of the New Forest National Park, you will find the peaceful haven of Buckler’s Hard.
Buckler's Hard

Buckler's Hard

Buckler's Hard Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum offers a glimpse back into life at Buckler's Hard, an 18th century ship building village in the New Forest. You can learn about the history of building ships for Nelson's fleet, see the historic cottage displays of how the village would have looked in the 1800's and find out about the exploits of the first solo world voyager, Sir Francis Chichester. For children there's an age based quiz to take through the museum and around the village , asking questions for your children to seek out the answers.

Model of Buckler's Hard

Model of Buckler's Hard

Labourer's Cottage reproduction

Labourer's Cottage reproduction

Labourer's Cottage reproduction, Buckler's Hard Maritime Museum

Labourer's Cottage reproduction, Buckler's Hard Maritime Museum

Labourer's Cottage reproduction at  Labourer's Cottage reproduction at Buckler's Hard Maritime Museum

Labourer's Cottage reproduction at  Labourer's Cottage reproduction at Buckler's Hard Maritime Museum

From the museum you can walk down to Shipwright's Cottage with it's recreated interior. Having looked at the labourers cottage in the museum, one can really see the difference in living standards between skilled and unskilled workmen.

Shipwright's Cottage interior

Shipwright's Cottage interior

Shipwright's Cottage

Shipwright's Cottage

Shipwright's Cottage

Shipwright's Cottage

Shipwright's Cottage

The walk down to the  water through Buckler's Hard is picturesque, do look out for St. Mary's Chapel in the terrace if you visit. Many of the terraces houses you will see are lived in and if you want some good food the Master Builder's House Hotel is right by the river at the end of the terrace.

Buckler's Hard Cottages

Buckler's Hard Cottages

Formally a residence and then a school, this quiet contemplative Chapel is half-hidden in the middle of the west terrace at Buckler’s Hard with only a bell, sign and statue as clues to what lies behind the front door of number 82.
Master Builder's House Hotel, Buckler's Hard

Master Builder's House Hotel, Buckler's Hard

Buckler's Hard

Buckler's Hard

Walk down the terrace and turn right at the bottom to find the Woodland Walk. This short walk gives some nice shade on sunny days and the informative signs help you find out more about the trees.

Woodland trail

Woodland trail

Once the children had completed the quiz and we had explored Buckler's Hard we returned to the museum to collect their certificates and chocolate gold coin, which we took to the small orchard opposite to enjoy. Both Kitty and Ozzy enjoyed the trail, there were a couple of questions that had us all stumped but we persevered and got all the answers in the end!

Buckler's Hard kids trail certificate
Kitty & Ozzy enjoyed their trail-prize chocolate coin in the orchard

Kitty & Ozzy enjoyed their trail-prize chocolate coin in the orchard

The fruit is picked each autumn and used with apples from orchards on the Beaulieu Estate to make Beaulieu Apple Juice.
Buckler's Hard Orchard

Buckler's Hard Orchard

Apples

Apples

We can recommend the Giant Viennese Whirl from the Captain’s Cabin Tea Rooms - one of these fed all three of us! There's seating inside for dining or outside, with a green space for little ones to run around whilst you enjoy a coffee.

Giant Vienesse Whirl

Giant Vienesse Whirl

Captain’s Cabin Tea Rooms

Captain’s Cabin Tea Rooms

Handy info

Buckler's Hard website

The walk from Beaulieu to Buckler's Hard

Opening times: 

1st October-Easter, 10.00am - 4.30pm

Easter-30th September, 10.00am - 5.00pm

Entry cost:

Adult £6.50
Senior £6.00
Child £4.50
Family £19.50

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