Buckler's Hard

In a nutshell

Located in the New Forest, families can enjoy the Maritime Museum and the Buckler's Hard Story, which gives an insight into the history of this 18th century


New Forest, Beaulieu, Hampshire SO42 7XB

Contact details

Tel: 01590 616203

Activity type

Gardens and Open Spaces, Historical Sites, Indoor Activities, Museums and Art Centres, Outdoor Activities

Suitable for

Ages 5 - 12, Teenagers

Price guide


(based on family of 4)

Buckler's Hard details...

Step back in time to the 18th century at the historic shipbuilding village of Buckler’s Hard.

Buckler’s Hard was once a hive of activity, providing ships for Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar. In the Maritime Museum you will discover the fascinating story of the village and the ships it built. Listen in on conversations between villagers of the past in the 18th century New Inn and follow the stories of the 19th and 20th century residents in an exhibition about village life.

Step through the doors of a worker’s cottage and back in time to the 18th century to find out about the home life of the villagers and their families in the historic cottage displays.

Children will love exploring the village with the quiz trail and there are plenty of wide open spaces for them to let off steam!

Between Easter and October, take a cruise on the Beaulieu River. This 30 minute voyage is accompanied by commentary which further reveals the history and wildlife that inhabits its banks.

Ticket prices for Buckler’s Hard are £19.70 in advance or £21 on the day.

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