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“Very picturesque, but...”
Review of Buckler's Hard

Buckler's Hard
Ranked #3 of 12 things to do in Beaulieu
Certificate of Excellence
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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).
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
47 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Very picturesque, but...”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

It was a lovely spot for picnicking. The museum was a bit claustrophobic and it is slow to get around. The riverside trips are popular, which was prohibitive. It would be good if more than one boat was available....preferably one with a bar and a child free zone! The boat was packed, so we didn't want to be subjected to crying babies and bored teenagers, as ours are grown now and we are a bit misanthropic now! The pub there is lovely, though. Wish we had taken a picnic.....

Visited August 2014
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Deal, United Kingdom
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“Nelsons shipyard”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

See where ships for Nelsons fleet were laid down and take a nice river trip.Very good value for money, with a pub and cafe on site.

Visited July 2014
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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Very different and interesting ,liked the little boat trip, and people dressed in clothes of the era especially Mary .

Visited July 2014
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Harpenden, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2014

We walked there from Beaulieu, which was a lovey walk taking about 40mins but was very disappointed with what was there to see for the price charged, although the staff was very friendly.

Visited July 2014
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Malaga, Spain
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504 reviews
219 attraction reviews
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“Excellent a well preserved”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

This is an amazing place and so well preserved. It is a miracle that in the last 300 years this place has not been redeveloped and destroyed!

There is a lot to see. A great museum with super displays, some waxwork filled scenes, ship models and a model of what the boatyard would have been like in full operation. The Shipwrights cottage is a super little museum all in itself, with the waxwork family [they obviously know who lived there from the census of the particular year in which it is set]. There is a lovely little church, behind a house front, which is still in use. In fact some of the cottages still appear to be inhabited. You can see the four docks where the ships were built and launched into the water.

There is a pub/hotel at the bottom of the hill, nearly on the waters edge where you can get a meal and drinks.

There is the inevitable little shop and a little cafe with a nice English garden.

Great little place to visit on a dry day! Wear comfortable shoes as there is a lot of grass to walk on and slopes.

Visited August 2014
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