in the south of England, in the earth of the New Forest, Beaulieu
offers a great day out for your group.
Beaulieu is both the home of the National Motor Museum, the historic
Palace House and Beaulieu's Abbey. This site's wealth gives the
opportunity to travel through time and things to see and enjoy
are as varied as the history of the area.
IN A FEW WORDS
attractions at Beaulieu are set in 75 of the 7500 acres that comprise
the whole of the Beaulieu Estate.
Beaulieu it's mainly the Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey and the National
Motor Museum, do not forget all the same to visit the unspoiled
village of Beaulieu as well as Buckler's Hard. This last one is
a picturesque 18th century village, where ships of Nelson's fleet
where built on the banks of the Beaulieu River.
brief, with Beaulieu go back to the past !
your group will mainly discover the
National Motor Museum.
present collection was started in 1952. It now contains 250 historic
vehicles (veteran and vintage cars, bikes, commercial vehicles
as well as memorabilia and displays.
is done to fascinate visitors : from some of the earliest examples
of motoring in the 1890's, to the famous Model T, and legendary
World Record Breakers. From "Film Stars" cars and touring
limousines, from Formula 1 racers, sports cars to family cars from
the 30's, 40's and 50's. The National Motor Museum is also a way
of stepping into the past along a 30's street scene, recreating
an altogether less hurried time of shop, vehicles and tradesman.
People see, hear and discover by themselves the working of a
typical country garage of the 1930's.
summarize, The National Motor Museum will take your group on a journey
reflecting the history of motoring from 1895 to the present day,
and thanks to an interactive "hands on" workshop, visitors
will even be able to test their reactions on wheel.
A visit of the
will delve your group into the history of Montagu family. This
House was formerly the 14th century Great Gatehouse of Beaulieu
As you walk
through the House, do not forget to look up at the beautiful fan-vaulted
ceiling which clearly indicate its monastic origins. Different
rooms are open to visit :
- the Dining
- the Portrait
- the Victorian
- the Private
Abbey's ruins give
an insight to the life of a monastic order in the 13th century.
the living quarters of the Lay Brothers, the Abbey's Domus houses
an exhibition of the day to day life of Cistercian monks who founded
the Abbey. This exhibition covers such details as the construction
of the buildings of the Abbey to the early monastic diet and
lifestyle and on the background, you can hear the Gregorian
Chant sung by the monks in the eight services which made up
the daily Divine Office.
To admire upstairs : the timbered ceilings together with the exquisite
Embroided Wall Hanging depicting Beaulieu's 750 year history.
a Monastic Herb Garden has been recreated and during the
summer months, the fragrant smell of herbs, used by the Monks
in their medicine in the past, still waft through the air. This
peaceful area is not the only garden in Beaulieu since visitors
can have a rest in Victorian's Gardens too.
year and in addition with general activities and attractions, a
large number of other events take place at Beaulieu.
For educational groups, Beaulieu provides a range of traditional
services with a qualified and experienced team.
Different programs with different themes for every levels have been
conceived; the education service can cater for Further and Higher
Education courses on enquiry.
Numerous of other free services : pre-visit, teacher's pack, films,
BROCKENHURST, HAMPSHIRE, SO42 7ZN
Internet : www.beaulieu.co.uk
61 21 23
Fax: (01590) 61 23 45
Open every day except on Christmas Day
Ticket: 40 min before closing-time
Suitability: All ages
Forest Visitor Information Center
Lyndhurst, Hampshire, SO43 7NY
Tel.: (01703) 28 22 69
Fax: (01703) 28 44 04
Internet : www.nfdc.gov.uk
Tourist Information Centre
Guildhall, The Broadway, Winchester,
Hampshire, SO23 9LJ
Tel.: (01962) 84 05 00
Fax: (01962) 84 13 65
Internet : www.winchester.gov.uk
Road, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 5JH
Tel.: (01703) 62 00 06
Fax: (01703) 62 00 10
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