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“Lovely walk”
Review of Buckler's Hard

Buckler's Hard
Ranked #3 of 14 things to do in Beaulieu
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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 18th century life, take a delightful riverside walk or enjoy a cruise on the tranquil Beaulieu River. Gift shop and Captain’s Cabin Cafe. Open every day (except Christmas Day).
Reviewed 27 October 2013

We did a nice walk from Beaulieu to Buckler's Hard enjoying the colours of autumn. The mushrooms on the way and the views over the river completed the joyful picture.
You should not miss the delicious mushroom dishes at the local pub!

Thank DoJobe
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Reviewed 25 October 2013

Was expecting something "more" - only two of the premises were open to visitors so without the exhibition would not have been much to experience. Pity about the weather on the day we visited as possibly the walk along the river would have made up for the "lack" of things to see.

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Beaulieu_Hampshire, Public Relations Manager at Buckler's Hard, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2013

Thank you for your comments. Whilst we have two buildings, Shipwright’s Cottage and St Mary’s Chapel, open to the public to view there is also the Labourer’s Cottage and New Inn which have been incorporated into the Maritime Museum. The Maritime Museum tells the history of this unique village from the 18th century to the 20th century and the incorporated buildings show how inhabitants of the village would have lived and socialised in the early 1800s.

Perhaps when the weather is nicer we can welcome you back to Buckler’s Hard. If you would like to discuss your visit further, please feel free to contact us on info@beaulieu.co.uk

Kind regards,
The Buckler’s Hard Team

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Reviewed 24 October 2013

Lovely day out for the family, lots to do and see! Stopped here as part of a coach company stop and was sad to leave

Thank Debbie J
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

I remember going to Bucker's Hard as a child and wandering down to the slipway, popping into the pub on the picturesque street etc. I was flabbergasted to find they have sealed it off, so you know have to pay to walk down the street over £12 for 2 adults (sadly we felt this was a ticket too far, so my husband has still not seen it and is now never likely to!).

1  Thank Camilla M
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Beaulieu_Hampshire, Public Relations Manager at Buckler's Hard, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2013

Thank you for posting your review on tripadvisor, and sorry to hear of your disappointment.

The Buckler’s Hard village is a visitor attraction and is part of the Beaulieu Estate, which is privately owned. To provide some background, the Maritime Museum was originally accessible from the village high street when it opened in 1963, but a visitor reception and attraction admission fee were introduced in 1969 when other areas of the attraction were developed.

Today’s £6.20 adult admission fee covers entrance to the Maritime Museum, historic cottage displays, St Mary’s Chapel, Woodland Walk, use of the facilities and all day parking in the visitor car park. This is turn helps to pay towards the maintenance and upkeep of this historical village. We do benchmark our admission prices against other similar attractions and feel the current price represents value for money.

The pub you refer to, The Master Builder’s Hotel, is not part of the attraction and is accessible from their own car park should you still wish to visit there with your husband.
We hope this clarifies the situation for you.

Kind regards,
The Buckler’s Hard Team

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Reviewed 17 October 2013

My husband really wanted to visit this place, and for some reason I thought it would have 'real people' demonstrating the attractions, not papier mache figures. I don't know why I thought this - maybe I thought it was going to be like Plimoth Plantation in Massachussetts which is a similar attraction and has real actors! Anyway, the museum was interesting enough but I was disappointed that only a couple of the houses were open, and nobody around to speak to you about them.
It was a lovely day and we enjoyed being down by the river, but I can't help thinking they could make so much more of it!

Thank Frostycat
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Beaulieu_Hampshire, Public Relations Manager at Buckler's Hard, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2013

Thank you for this review of your recent trip to Buckler’s Hard. During the peak season and school holidays we do have a living history programme which involves ‘real people’ taking on the personalities of people who lived and worked in the village. They speak with visitors and recount life in the village during the 18th Century.

Our static figures in the historic cottage and The New Inn displays, together with the accompanying audio, are designed to give visitors a feel of 18th Century life in Buckler’s Hard. Our customer feedback reports that 99% of visitors state they are either very satisfied or satisfied with this element of their visit, so we are sorry it did not meet your expectations on this occasion. We do continually look for ways to improve the Buckler’s Hard visitor attraction and will take a closer look at the Plimouth Plantation you mention.

Thank you again for your feedback and we are pleased you enjoyed your day by the Beaulieu River.

Regards,
The Buckler’s Hard Team

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