Escape to the beauty spot of Buckler’s Hard, where history and stunning scenery come together for an unforgettable trip out in the New Forest countryside.
Once a bustling shipbuilding village where ships for Nelson’s Navy were built, the charming village of Buckler’s Hard now a peaceful haven. Relax with a cuppa and a slice of cake, take a ramble beside the Beaulieu River, or delve into the village’s history in the Buckler’s Hard Museum.
In the Buckler’s Hard 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.
Between Easter and October, take a cruise on the Beaulieu River. This 30 minute voyage gives a close-up view of the wildlife along the banks of the river and tells rich tales of its past. If you’re lucky you might even spot a seal!
For visitors who are yearning for even more history, you can take a trip back in time at the Shipwright’s Cottage, or explore the Chapel of St Mary’s, with its smugglers’ cellar beside the altar.
After working up an appetite, there are plenty of places to stop for that long-awaited coffee with a friend. Tuck into an afternoon tea or a light lunch from the Captain’s Table, or enjoy a pint and a meal at The Master Builder’s House Hotel.
The village is an ideal destination for walkers and cyclists, who can enjoy the scenic 2 mile footpath between Beaulieu and Buckler’s Hard.
Entry to the village is free (a parking charge applies). A small admission charge applies for the Buckler’s Hard Museum and River Cruise.
|Summer Opening (9 Apr 2024 - 30 Sept 2024)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 17:00|
* Buckler's Hard is open seven days per week, excluding Christmas Day.
For visitors arriving by car, the car park will open at 10am with last entry at 5pm. The exit gates will be locked at 8pm. Last admission to the indoor areas of the village is 30 minutes prior to closing time.
Map & Directions
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From London take the M3, then the M27 westbound, exiting at Junction 2 on to the A326. Follow the brown and white tourist signs for either Beaulieu or the National Motor Museum. At Beaulieu Village, follow the brown and white tourist signs to Buckler’s Hard. The approximate travel time from London is 2 hours.
Public Transport Directions
Travel to Buckers Hard by public transport and you will receive 20% discount off your standard admission.
Public transport to Buckers Hard varies seasonally, please check Buckler's Hard travel page for the latest information by website clicking the link at the top of this page.