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“Good effort, but needs more 'pezaz'”
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).
Reviewed 12 August 2014

We have spend some hours at Bucklers Hard. It's a nice place to walk around, the cottages and especially museum provide much information about the history of the village and shipbuilding in general. But there is an awful lot to read, and less to 'experience'. For children and especially teenagers it is missing the interactive elements and challenges they are used to.

The rivercruise is not recommended, alas. It was short, showed a lot of boats and yachts lying in the estuary but too little of the scenery and shore. The commentary by the captain was hard to follow, sounded like it was learned by heart and recited without real enthousiasm. It lacked humour and audience participation to captivate the passengers. *spoileralert*: The captains only joke was that he was happy we all 'stayed to the end'.

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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.

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.

Thank SAILORMAN6
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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.

Thank Cherry12344
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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

Thank Alison D
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