Buckler's Hard

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Buckler's Hard

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Once a bustling shipbuilding village where ships for Nelson’s Navy were built, the charming village of Buckler’s Hard now a peaceful haven. Relax with a cuppa and a slice of cake, take a ramble beside the Beaulieu River, or delve into the village’s history in the Buckler’s Hard Museum.

In the Buckler’s Hard Museum you will discover the fascinating story of the village and the ships it built. Listen in on conversations between villagers of the past in the 18th century New Inn and follow the stories of the 19th and 20th-century residents in an exhibition about village life.

Between Easter and October, take a cruise on the Beaulieu River. This 30-minute voyage gives a close-up view of the wildlife along the banks of the river and tells rich tales of its past. If you’re lucky you might even spot a seal!

For visitors who are yearning for even more history, you can take a trip back in time at the Shipwright’s Cottage, or explore the Chapel of St Mary’s, with its smugglers’ cellar beside the altar.

After working up an appetite, there are plenty of places to stop for that long-awaited coffee with a friend. Tuck into a cream tea or a light lunch from the Captain’s Table Tea Rooms, or enjoy a pint and a meal at The Master Builder’s House Hotel.

The village is an ideal destination for walkers and cyclists, who can enjoy the scenic 2-mile footpath between Beaulieu and Buckler’s Hard.

Entry to the village is free (a parking charge applies). A small admission charge applies for the Buckler’s Hard Museum and River Cruise.

Open daily from 10am. Last entry to the car park is 5pm. Exit gates are locked at 8pm.

Entry to the village is free (a parking charge applies). A small admission charge applies for the Maritime Museum and River Cruise. See the Bucklers Hard website for current prices.

Why should I visit?

    • Maritime Museum – Discover the history of this unique 18th century shipbuilding village in the Maritime Museum.
    • Shipwright’s Cottage – Step through the door of the Shipwright’s Cottage to see how workers lived in the 18th century.
    • Shipwrights’ Workshop – Admire the replica timber-framed 18th century shipwrights’ workshop, built and hand-raised using traditional methods.
    • Captain’s Cabin Tea Rooms – Indulge in delicious snacks, light lunches and tempting cream teas.
    • River Cruise – Embark on a tranquil journey down the beautiful Beaulieu River. Running from Easter until October.


Dogs accepted
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On site parking
Suitable for ages 12 and above
Suitable for ages 8 and above
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Where to find us


Buckler’s Hard
SO42 7XB


01590 616203


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By car

M27 exit junction 2, follow the brown and white tourist signs towards Beaulieu. At Beaulieu Village, follow the brown and white tourist signs to Buckler’s Hard. SatNav: SO42 7XB.

By train

Take the train to Brockenhurst. There is a taxi rank at the station, the cost of a journey to Buckler’s Hard by taxi currently costs approximately £20.

Kids activities

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Follow the fun family trail and try your hand at knot tying and caulking!