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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.

Discover the history of the village in the Maritime Museum, take a step inside a historic shipwright's cottage, or simply amble down the high street to watch the boats sailing by on the Beaulieu River, where you can catch a river cruise from April to October.

The outdoor spaces to Buckler's Hard are now open. The Captain's Cabin Tea Rooms are offering a takeaway menu and there is a pop up café offering takeaway drinks and snacks on the riverfront. We hope to reopen our indoor areas on 17 May. Find out more here.

Apple Orchard

Apple Orchard

Take a gentle stroll through 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.

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


Buckler's Hard is a place for relaxation as well as exploration. While you're exploring the village, why not stop off at the Captain's Cabin Tea Rooms for light refreshments, including delicious cream teas.

Watching the boats on Beaulieu River

Beaulieu River

One of the few privately owned estuaries in the world, the Beaulieu River has been in the careful custodianship of the Montagu family for over four centuries, creating a river which is unspoilt and rich with wildlife. Stroll along the riverside paths or join the river cruise which runs between Easter and the end of September.

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.

Wonderful history and a fascinating museum telling the story of the village and its shipbuilding past.

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  • December 2018

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