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Group Visits & Tours

With themed tours and a tranquil river cruise, the historic shipbuilding village of Buckler's Hard is an ideal destination for your group visit to the New Forest.

Please note: All group guided tours are currently suspended. 

Take your group on a trip back in time to the 18th century in the heart of the New Forest. Based on the beautiful Beaulieu River, group visitors will love exploring the Maritime Museum and stepping inside a shipwright's cottage to find out how shipbuilding residents would have lived and worked in this picturesque village.

Perfect for day trips from Hampshire and Dorset, we offer fascinating guided tours from costumed characters, ample coach parking and generous discounts for groups of 15+.

Enjoy a cream tea or light lunch in the Captain's Cabin Tea Rooms (subject to numbers) and make sure you visit one of the two gift shops to pick up a souvenir of your trip.

Any questions? Check out our frequently asked questions to find the answer...


Enhance your visit with an tour by one of our costumed guides:

Hearts of Oak themed tour

Henry Adams model in the Maritime Museum

Step back in time to the 1790s to meet an inhabitant of Buckler's Hard. As they delve into the shipbuilding history of the village, you'll find out how the ships they built bolstered Nelson's fleet. (Must be booked 4 weeks in advance. Approx. 1hr)

It's A Hard Life Tour

Historic cottage display at Buckler's Hard

During its heyday Buckler's Hard was a hive of industry, with a wide range of professions and tradesmen living side by side with their families in a tight knit community. What was daily life really like for those at the top - the Shipwright - and those less well off - like the Labourer? (Must be booked 4 weeks in advance. Approx. 1hr)

River Cruise

Beaulieu River Cruise

Between Easter and October, this tranquil 30 minute cruise wends its way along the Beaulieu River, accompanied by commentary which reveals the history and wildlife that inhabits its picturesque banks.

The River Cruise is a great optional extra when booked in conjunction with your visit to the Maritime Museum.

Tea Rooms

Cream tea scones and jam

The Captain's Cabin Tea Rooms offers a wide range of refreshments, all day snacks and light lunches which can be enjoyed inside the tearoom or outside on the terrace (subject to numbers).

Combined Visits to Beaulieu

Palace House and living history at Beaulieu

Why not combine your excursion to Buckler's Hard with a trip to our sister attraction, Beaulieu?

With tickets including access to a 13th century abbey, a stunning stately home and a world-famous motor museum, Beaulieu's many attractions appeal to a wide range of interests.

Group Prices

Groups of 15+ can take advantage of the following discounted prices:

2021 ticket & tour PRICES

Adult Senior (60+) Child (5-16)
Maritime Museum £4.75 £4.25 £3.20
Maritime Museum & River Cruise* £8.25 £7.75 £6.70
Maritime Museum PLUS Beaulieu £19.60 £17.50 £11.00
Maritime Museum & River Cruise PLUS Beaulieu* £23.10 £21.00 £15.50

*Easter to October only.

Guided tours attract an additional surcharge of £35 per tour, per group of 20 or part thereof.


Up to 3 hours Over 3 hours
Car £5.00 £7.50
Coach £20.00 £35.00


Contact us on 01590 614645 or to book.

Buckler's Hard village was most enjoyable and a wonderfully relaxing place to visit, with the museum and cottages being both interesting and informatively laid out... There was a lot of talk of a repeat visit next year. Thanks to all the staff at Buckler's Hard for the excellent job that they did to make our visit go so smoothly.

  • Group Visit Leader
  • September 2019

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