Wonderful Beaulieu – In the heart of the New Forest National Park, not far from Southampton, Bournemouth, Winchester, Salisbury and Portsmouth.
Imagine a family day out with something for everyone. Here kids and parents will leave the attraction of Beaulieu with nothing but great memories, amazing stories to tell each other – oh, and a huge smile!
If you didn’t know already, there are multiple attractions at Beaulieu, making it the perfect day for the whole family:
For The Kids – There’s Heaps To Check Out:
• Family Fun Trails,
• National Motor Museum Fun Photo Ops,
• A Mini Motor Play Area,
• Kids Driving Circuit,
• World Of Top Gear Test Track Challenge.
PLUS loads of School Holiday Activities too…that should keep them occupied!
Motors, Motors, Motors!
Aside from the fantastic attractions for children, there’s a whole host of other things the family can enjoy. With over 250 vehicles at the National Motor Museum, this fine attraction displays the Best of British.
This encompasses where we are today in the motoring world, our greatest and weirdest achievements, including the F1 Story.
It’s considered “one of the finest collections of cars, motorcycles and motoring memorabilia in the world.” – now that’s gotta be worth checking out, right?
Thought Downton Abbey Was Impressive? Imagine Family Life Here…
Well, Palace House is absolutely steeped in history and once the gatehouse of the Beaulieu Abbey, has also been residence to the Montagu family since…1538. Palace House is one of ten Treasure Houses of England.
Remodelled and extended during the 1800s, this gorgeous piece of history is set in the picturesque New Forest, overlooking the Beaulieu River millpond.
There are so many fascinating things to experience, starting with family treasures, portraits, and amazing memorabilia.
What’s there to see then?
As of 2016, the late late Lord Montagu’s private apartment has been opened to visitors. The Art Russe Gallery – the first dedicated Soviet Russian art gallery in the UK.
Sink Into Some Brilliant English History At Beaulieu Abbey
Another main attraction of Beaulieu is the breathtaking Beaulieu Abbey. The once thriving Cistercian Abbey, now in well-preserved ruins, is a stunning attraction that everyone should visit to look far back into England’s deep and rich history. The reviews speak for themselves, we think you’ll agree!
Aside from the remarkable Abbey ruins, there’s a Monastic Life exhibition to visit featuring the story of this 13th Century English Abbey and the medieval Cistercian monks who opted for a devoted life to the church in the isolation of the New Forest.
Beautiful Enough To Tie The Knot!
In case you’re wondering where people choose their stunning wedding location in these grounds, it’s here, at the iconic Beaulieu Parish Church. Once the Monks’ Refectory, this has been the Beaulieu village church ever since Henry VIII gave the order to have the Abbey destroyed back in 1538.
Top Gear Fans, You’ll Be In Heaven
The amazing Top Gear comes to Beaulieu with this special exhibition in homage to the world’s biggest car show. Feel like you’re part of the show and see some of the vehicles Jeremy, Richard & James have managed to destroy during the show in the Challenge Gallery! Visit the Enormodome, recreating the feel of the Top Gear studio and features specially shot behind-the-scenes footage. It really is a great hoot!
The Monorail & Veteran Bus
Fancy exploring the whole of Beaulieu in style? With unlimited rides on the famous Beaulieu Monorail and Veteran Bus included in your entry fee, there’s no excuse not to see this wonderful attraction from a stunning view!
The Monorail a whole mile long and the oldest in England, how about that for some facts? It runs at frequent intervals where the whole family can hop on and off all day for a great way to view all of Beaulieu.
The Veteran Bus is a replica 1912 open-top London bus, with over 140,000 passengers riding each year! Experience some English nostalgia and enjoy a humming gentle ride through the grounds.
Secret Army Exhibition
Now, bet you didn’t know that Beaulieu housed a secret training establishment for SOE’s during World War 2? SOE stands for Special Operations Executive, of which over 3,000 were trained prior to embarking on dangerous and risky undercover operations during the war!
Find out what the agents did at this unique site and the real stories behind the intensive secret training these special operatives had to endure…
Beaulieu’s Grounds & Gardens
These stunning gardens are just magical!
FACT: Were you aware that there are at least 15 different species of daffodil that bloom here at various times during the season?
Apart from the beautiful nature at the gardens, there are some amazing attractions within the gardens themselves, including:
• Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland Topiary – Your favourite characters from the much-loved classic, sitting around their ‘thyme for tea’ herb planted table
• Mill Pond Walk – Vere off the main pathway to enjoy stunning views across the tidal Beaulieu River
• Wilderness Garden – Dating back to the 1770s
• Victorian Kitchen Garden and Flower Garden – Separate gardens providing the Palace House with seasonal fruits, vegetables and flowers
To really relax and enjoy all of this in the grounds, you could even bring a family picnic and breathe in the charm and beauty of this picturesque setting. Dogs are welcome too!
On Screen Cars!
Ever wanted to see your on-screen idol’s car? Well, now you can see the cars from your favourite tv show. This attraction is not to missed and something everyone can enjoy and relate to, exhibiting film and tv favourites, including these current exhibits:
• Mr Bean’s Mini
• Del Boy’s Reliant Van
• The Jaguar XKR from the Bond film Die Another Day
• The `flying` Ford Anglia from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
• Wallace and Gromit’s Anti-Pesto Van
• The last Cadillac Elvis Presley bought for his own use
With so many different and unique attractions, there really is no place like this in England and it’s a day out guaranteed to give you lasting memories.