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See history come to life at Buckler's Hard this May Half-Term

Step back in time with living history tours at Buckler's Hard this May half-term, plus take a tour aboard HMS Medusa.


Join a Living History Tour

From Saturday 26 May - Sunday 3 June step back in time and discover the remarkable history of this 18th century village with costumed guides telling stories from the time of Henry Adams, Buckler’s Hard Master Shipbuilder from 1744 to 1805. Explore the Shipwright's Cottage and find out about life during Buckler’s Hard’s heyday when ships for Nelson’s fleet at Trafalgar were being built.

Living History demonstration

Step aboard HMS Medusa

Visit between Saturday 26 May - Tuesday 29 May to take a tour on board HMS Medusa, which took a starring role in the Dunkirk movie and learn more about its wartime role of helping to clear the way to Omaha Beach for D-Day. The harbour defence motor launch can be spotted several times in the recently released film, taking soldiers including One Direction’s Harry Styles out to a destroyer.

HMS Medusa

Catch a River Cruise

Climb aboard for a tranquil River Cruise along the picturesque Beaulieu River (separate charges apply). Listen to entertaining and informative commentary by the boat’s skipper and see the river’s natural beauty. River Cruise tickets can be bought in advance online as an add-on when buying your Buckler's Hard tickets.

Beaulieu River Cruise

Enjoy a cream tea

Round off your visit at the Captain’s Cabin Tea Rooms where further savings can be made by picking up a hot drink loyalty card. If you fancy a bite to eat, why not treat yourself to a tasty light lunch or delicious Towey Tea selection which celebrates the launch of the Towey, the last naval ship to be built at Buckler’s Hard.

Tickets & getting here

Buckler’s Hard admission tickets include access to all of the attraction, including the Maritime Museum, Shipwright’s Cottage and St Mary’s Chapel. You can buy your tickets in advance online or call 01590 616203 for more details.

For those arriving by public transport, on foot or by pedal-power, there is a green saving of 20% off the standard admission price. To claim your discount, just show your travel receipt for the day, bicycle helmet or walking boots when you buy your tickets.


Buckler's Hard Highstreet

Regular visitor?

Enjoy Buckler’s Hard all year round with a great value annual pass, which gives unlimited free re-entry for up to a year. Pass holders receive a 10% discount in the Buckler’s Hard gift shops with their new spring range, 5% discount on food and drink in the Captain’s Cabin Tea Rooms, discounts on the River Cruise and discounted entry to St Barbe Museum in Lymington.


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