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Buckler's Hard

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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good38%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“the pub”(166 reviews)
“the river”(376 reviews)
On the banks of the Beaulieu River, in the heart of the New Forest, you will find the peaceful haven of Buckler’s Hard, the unique and picturesque village where warships for Nelson’s navy were built. Visit the historic cottage displays recreating...more
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Beaulieu, New Forest, Brockenhurst SO42 7XB, England
+44 1590 616203
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All reviews boat trip the pub the river the cottages ship building maritime museum woodland walk tea room beaulieu village small museum master builder step back in time excellent museum nice walk lovely place to visit new forest worth a visit
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We walked the footpath from Beaulieu town and although it was winter the path is good and firm all the way. Bucklers Hard is a great historic place to visit full of character.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank David190766
Reviewed 3 days ago

Lovely historic place to visit although we did hope there was more to see. The museum very good, Cafe lovely, clean and excellent choices. All staff we encountered were friendly and cheerful.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Sylv n Maria A
Reviewed 6 days ago

We were staying at The Master Builders so thought we'd take advantage & look round while we were here. The village itself is rather small with what seems a ridiculously wide gap between the two rows of buildings, but for good reason. This is where...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Lee H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked from Montague Arms to Buckler's Hard along the river. When we arrived we were hungry and so we went to the pub there and had a very tasty lunch. We didn't visit any of the houses as we didn't have time.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank lindyloo371
Reviewed 1 week ago

A real pleasure to visit here. So many helpful and pleasant staff around to give information in the shop. The museum is very interesting with all its information on Nelsons days and how they built the ships in those days. Also the village with its...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MIKE F
Beaulieu_Hampshire, Public Relations Manager at Buckler's Hard, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your kind feedback. We are delighted to hear that our staff left a lasting impression, and you enjoyed learning about the fascinating history of Buckler’s Hard in the Maritime Museum. We hope you decide to join us again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited during a two day stay nearby. Welcomed by friendly staff, superb historic facts , museum and exhibits to show life in the 18th Century... quite fascinating. Tea & cake in the cafe was excellent !!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ChrisT190
Beaulieu_Hampshire, Public Relations Manager at Buckler's Hard, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your five-star review. We are really pleased you enjoyed your day with us, particularly the tea and cake in the Captain’s Cabin Tea Rooms! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was an unexpected delight. The Maritime Museum is one of the best museums we have ever visited. There is a chapel and a cottage and a pub. Well done everyone!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Amelia48
Beaulieu_Hampshire, Public Relations Manager at Buckler's Hard, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your very kind review, which was a joy to read. It would be a pleasure to welcome you back to Buckler’s Hard in the future.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's a nice walk, especially the muddier route along the river on the boardwalks. Take wellies and a picnic or snacks. Not suitable for kids scooters.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Southfields97
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were pleasantly surprised by this very pretty small harbour. Wonderful history and a fascinating museum telling the story of the village and its shipbuilding past. Excellent cafe and great value

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SimonBrown4235
Reviewed 15 December 2018

Bucklers Hard is in a beautiful setting on the Beaulieu River and contains an interesting and well-managed maritime museum which depicts the history of ship building and life since before Nelson's time at the small port. The port's role in both World Wars is also...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Nina D
4 November 2018|
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Response from Beaulieu_Hampshire | Property representative |
Hi Nina, Thank you for your enquiry. Dogs are welcome in the village, provided they are kept on a lead at all times and their owners clean up after them. Dogs are not permitted in any of the buildings, including the... More
David M
26 July 2018|
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Response from Mike B | Reviewed this property |
No ferry crossing that I know of; there is a water taxi but it only runs up and down the river dropping off at yacht moorings and going as far as Beaulieu. There is nothing on the other side of the river anyway apart from... More
17 May 2018|
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Response from Esther44-224 | Reviewed this property |
You can also get on a boat at Hamble. Accesability might be better for people with mobility requirements as the dock is level with no steps! Ofcourse you'll have to get off the boat at Bucklers Hard where there might be some... More