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“Lovely setting, good displays”
Review of Buckler's Hard

Buckler's Hard
Ranked #3 of 12 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).
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“Lovely setting, good displays”
Reviewed 12 August 2014

Interesting attraction, where they built great wooden warships of the line, some of which featured in Nelson's navy at Trafalgar in 1805.

Today you can see the two neat rows of cottages which used to house the master shipbuilder and the various shipwrights and workers, together with a chapel. Some of these cottages are privately owned and occupied, but some are open and interestingly restored to give you a good impression of how people lived in the 18th and 19th century. The chapel is rather lovely.

There's also a museum and set of displays which although a little disorganised (I'd have rather started with the history, and an overview, but you're sort of plunged into details of shipbuilding) actually tells you everything you need to know with some interesting models too. I went with my two children aged 16 and 10 and they found it pretty interesting.

Down by the Solent you can still see the two slipways that once held enormous wooden warships - but there's not much else so this is where your imagination comes into play!

I doubt this would keep a family occupied for much more than half a day, but we enjoyed our visit.

Visited August 2014
Thank Andy O
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

A very pleasant attraction, fantastic views over the river and a boat trip (extra on admission price)
with a good commentary. If you are interested in shipbuilding and Nelson it is well worth a visit. The hulls were built here and then towed to Portsmouth for fitting out.
The old ship workers cottages were very well presented. The Museum is defiantly worth an hour or two. Refreshments are available but expensive, take a picnic.

Visited June 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Beautifull spot lots to see - bucklers hard”
Reviewed 10 August 2014 via mobile

Beautifull spot, staff very nice, guide tour given by a nice gentleman . Lots to see . Nice food at the pub , kids lots to see nice ice cream , nice history, nice trip on the boat after, amazing , I definelity be back there.

Visited August 2014
Thank Cherry12344
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Midsomer Norton, null, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Day out”
Reviewed 10 August 2014

A worthwhile visit and stunning views of the estuary. Boat trip was an added extra but worthwhile. Soft drinks from the shop were so expensive

Visited July 2014
Thank Alison D
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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“Super Day Out”
Reviewed 10 August 2014

The Museum is excellent showing many aspects of life at Buckler's Hard from building timber ships through to preparing for the D Day landings 200 years later. The exhibits should not be rushed as they are the highlights of the attraction. Outside Buckler's Hard village itself is very interesting and the Master Builder's House in particular is fascinating whilst the adjoining hotel, restaurant and bay give super views over the estuary. There is a riverside walk in to Beaulieu Village for the more active and a lovely river cruise for those of us wanting to view the river in a more leisurely way.

Visited June 2014
Thank mikeandros
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