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Located 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.


The attractions at Beaulieu are set in 75 of the 7500 acres that comprise the whole of the Beaulieu Estate.

If 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.

In brief, with Beaulieu go back to the past !


At Beaulieu, your group will mainly discover the National Motor Museum.

The 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.

Everything 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.

To 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 Palace House will delve your group into the history of Montagu family. This House was formerly the 14th century Great Gatehouse of Beaulieu Abbey.

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 Room
  • the Portrait Gallery
  • the Victorian Kitchen
  • the Private Dining Room…


The Beaulieu Abbey's ruins give an insight to the life of a monastic order in the 13th century.

Formerly 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.

Nearby, 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.

Educational Visits

Each 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, video…

Organizing your trip

John Montagu Building, Beaulieu,
Internet : www.beaulieu.co.uk
Tel.: (01590) 61 21 23
Fax: (01590) 61 23 45

May-Sept: 10.00-18.00
Oct.-April: 10.00-17.00
Open every day except on Christmas Day

Last Ticket: 40 min before closing-time
All ages

Useful addresses

New Forest Visitor Information Center
High Street, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, SO43 7NY
Tel.: (01703) 28 22 69
Fax: (01703) 28 44 04
Internet : www.nfdc.gov.uk

Winchester 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

Southern Tourist Board
40 Chamberlayne Road, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 5JH
Tel.: (01703) 62 00 06
Fax: (01703) 62 00 10

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