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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.

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, free 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 Buckler's Hard.

Cream Tea - Special Offer

Cream tea scones and jam

The Captain's Cabin Tea Rooms offers a wide range of refreshments, which can be enjoyed inside the tearoom or outside on the terrace.

Pre-book a cream tea for your group to take advantage of a special discount (available for groups of 24 or under).

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

Admission to Buckler's Hard includes entrance to the historic village and waterfront, Maritime Museum and Buckler's Hard story, cottage displays and all-day car parking.

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


Adult Senior Child (5-12) Youth (13-16)
Buckler's Hard £6.10 £4.95 £4.00 £4.30
Buckler's Hard & River Cruise* £9.65 £8.40 £6.95 £7.20
Buckler's Hard PLUS Beaulieu £19.35 £17.25 £10.95 £12.75
Buckler's Hard & River Cruise PLUS Beaulieu* £20.30 £18.25 £12.10 £13.75

*Easter to October only


Adult Senior Child (5-12) Youth (13-16)
Buckler's Hard £6.20 £5.00 £4.00 £4.35
Buckler's Hard & River Cruise* £9.85 £8.60 £7.00 £7.40
Buckler's Hard PLUS Beaulieu £19.60 £17.50 £11.00 £13.00
Buckler's Hard & River Cruise PLUS Beaulieu* £20.60 £18.60 £12.30 £14.00

*Easter to October only

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

Contact us on 01590 614645 or to book.

I just wanted to say a big thank you to all the staff at Buckler’s Hard who made our visit so enjoyable. We really appreciated the warm welcome and helpful presence of everyone we met. An excellent guided tour which was so friendly and informative.... and the boat crew rounded off a delightful day with an enjoyable river cruise... Our U3A members were very impressed with the history and individual stories told through the excellent displays at the museum ...and said they will be returning with family and friends.

  • Group Visit Leader
  • June 2019

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