Buckler's Hard

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Buckler's Hard

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Buckler’s Hard village

Step back in time to the tranquil, idyllic village of Buckler’s Hard. Once the construction site for Nelson’s fleet, this historical, ship building village is located on the edge of Beaulieu river. Take a stroll along the quaint high street and while away the hours watching boats bobbing along the river. 

Buckler’s Hard is the perfect location for relaxation or if you’d prefer to stretch your legs, there’s a picturesque 2 mile footpath running between Beaulieu and Buckler’s Hard.

Buckler’s Hard museum

Buckler’s Hard was originally a free port for sugar trading that developed into a thriving naval shipbuilding village. A key attraction for any shipbuilding enthusiasts, the Buckler’s Hard museum is packed with 18th Century artefacts, models and historical stories. 

Discover fascinating recreations of a typical labourer’s home and a shipwright’s cottage as you learn how villagers once lived. Visitors can also see artefacts from shipwrecks, Nelson’s childhood, and Sir Francis Chichester’s daring sailing trip around the world. 

River cruise

Between Easter and October visitors are welcomed on board the Buckler’s Hard river cruise. Set sail and feel your worries melt away whilst learning about the history of this unspoilt river. During your cruise, don’t forget to keep an eye out for the variety of wildlife that call Beaulieu River home.

Shipwright’s cottage

Shipwright’s were skilled craftsmen who excelled in building impressive wartime ships. Guests can now delve deeper into the life of shipwright Thomas Burlace and his family by exploring a reconstruction of his cottage. With free entry and features like the family’s bible and luxury decorated tableware, this is an experience not to be missed.

For young guests

Buckler’s Hard promises to be a day out for the whole family and there is plenty to keep little ones entertained. They’ll love climbing hills and running free in the large open areas of natural beauty, perfect to burn off any restless energy. In addition, the impressive boats travelling along Beaulieu River are sure to draw their eye.

Buckler’s Hard museum is also the ideal expedition for curious young minds. With interactive exhibits, they’ll learn to tie a bowline, caulk a seam and more. There is even a quiz trail designed to engage kids. They’ll love exploring with Bailey and Buckle, the shipyard cats, to discover more about Buckler’s Hard. 

Other attractions

After exploring Buckler’s Hard village and museum, guests can visit St Mary’s Chapel. The Chapel was once used as the village school but is now a peaceful retreat for quiet and respite. What’s more, St Mary’s chapel hides a secret history. Visitors can take a peek through the viewing window positioned next to the altar to see a hidden cellar that may have once been used by smugglers.

Eager to learn more? Jump back in time to the 1700s when Buckler’s Hard was a well-known ship building village. Guests can now see a recreation of the timber framed shipwright’s workshop used to build the HMS Agamemnon in 1781.

For more information and up to date ticket prices and opening hours, visit the official Buckler’s Hard website today.

The Buckler’s Hard village is open seven days per week, excluding Christmas Day.

Winter opening hours: 2 Oct – 28 March 2024, 10am – 4.30pm
Summer opening hours: 29 March – 6 October 2024, 10am – 5pm

For visitors arriving by car, the car park will open at 10am with last entry at 5pm. The exit gates will be locked at 8pm. Last admission to the indoor areas of the village is 30 minutes prior to closing time.

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?

    • Buckler’s Hard Museum – Discover the history of this unique 18th-century shipbuilding village in the Museum.
    • Captain’s Table eatery – Indulge in delicious snacks, light lunches, and tempting afternoon teas.
    • Reconstructed cottage displays – See how the cottages would have looked inside
    • St Mary’s Chapel – once used as the village school, is now a peaceful retreat for quiet and respite.
    • Beautiful scenic setting – Enjoy the tranquil setting with views across the Beaulieu River. River Cruise operates Easter – October


Dogs accepted
Gift shop
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





Find us online

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!
  • Enjoy the open space and hills to run around and burn off energy.
  • Uncover history in the museum and reconstructed cottages.





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