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The Captain's Cabin Tea Rooms is currently closed for refurbishment until early February 2022. Find out more here.

Buckler's Hard Village

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Enjoy the beauty at Buckler's Hard

On the banks of the Beaulieu River, in the heart of the New Forest, you will find the peaceful haven of Buckler's Hard which remains untouched by the passage of time.

Once a thriving shipbuilding village where ships for Nelson's fleet at Trafalgar were built, now Buckler's Hard is a tranquil haven, perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of modern life.

Amble down the high street to watch the boats sailing by on the Beaulieu River or, if you're feeling more energetic, follow the scenic 2 mile footpath between Buckler’s Hard and Beaulieu.

Eager to learn more about the heritage of Buckler's Hard? For a small admission charge, you can discover the history of the village in the Maritime Museum or catch a river cruise along the Beaulieu River.

Watching the boats on Beaulieu River

Relax by the Beaulieu River

One of the few privately owned estuaries in the world, the Beaulieu River has been carefully conserved for over four centuries and is rich with wildlife. Stroll along the riverside paths or join the river cruise which runs between Easter and the end of October.

Apple orchard at Buckler's Hard Village

Admire the Apple Orchard

Wander past the orchard, where apple trees are in full blossom in the spring. The fruit is picked each autumn and used with apples from other orchards on the Beaulieu Estate to make Beaulieu Apple Juice.

Shipwright's Cottage


Take a step back in time in the historic shipwright's cottage, admire the shipwright workshop, or explore St Mary's Chapel, with its smugglers' cellar. All are free to enter.

Please note: The Shipwright's Cottage is operating a one-way system, and St Mary's Chapel can only currently be viewed from the inner doorway.

Sitting outside on the terrace at the Captain's Cabin Tea Rooms


Tuck into a delicious cream tea or light lunch at the Captain's Cabin Tea Rooms or enjoy a meal and a pint at The Master Builder's House Hotel.

Please note: The Captain's Cabin Tea Rooms is currently closed for refurbishment until early February 2022. Find out more here.

Admiring a model ship in the Maritime Museum


Discover the important role Buckler's Hard played in Britain's shipbuilding history with a visit to the Maritime Museum. A small admission charge applies.

To speed up entry, we recommend purchasing admission tickets for the Maritime Museum before arrival where possible.

A family watch the boats on Beaulieu River from the Woodland Walk


To help you make the most of your visit, we've put together a suggested itinerary with hints and tips to help you plan your day out at Buckler's Hard.

Beautiful place to visit and enjoy the tranquillity, river and historic architecture.

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