Buckler's Hard
Buckler's Hard
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
On the banks of the Beaulieu River, in the heart of the New Forest, you will find the peaceful haven of Buckler's Hard which remains untouched by the passage of time. Once a thriving shipbuilding village where ships for Nelson's fleet at Trafalgar were built, now Buckler's Hard is a tranquil village, perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of modern life. Amble down the high street to watch the boats sailing by on the Beaulieu River or, if you're feeling more energetic, follow the scenic 2 mile footpath between Buckler’s Hard and Beaulieu. For those keen to learn more about the heritage of Buckler's Hard, for a small admission charge, you can discover the history of the village in the Buckler's Hard Museum or catch a seasonal river cruise along the Beaulieu River. Visitors are invited to relax and refuel at The Captain's Table eatery serving delicious cooked breakfasts, lunches, cream teas, or a delicious ice cream.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • vickiboulton
    Hayling Island, United Kingdom27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely way to spend a sunny Sunday
    Lovely visit, it was fantastic to find such a dog friendly place to visit. We arrived as they opened as my autistic son isn’t great in busy places. The ladies in the visitor centre were so helpful & kind explaining everything & a free carer ticket was much appreciated. Our dog was welcomed everywhere, even the museum & it was lovely to be able to visit as a whole family as normally one of us has to stay outside. We then enjoyed the boat ride & again the dog was welcomed. It’s a really relaxing, beautiful place to visit & my son enjoyed learning all the history too. We didn’t have time to visit the cafe or pub but the food we saw looked really good & reasonable too. We definitely plan to return, as it was great value.
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful feedback with us. We're glad you enjoyed your day out with us. We hope to welcome you back again soon!
    Written 29 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 July 2023
  • anthonymD1649UD
    Chelmsford, United Kingdom42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautifully relaxing little gem
    Visited Bucklers Hard as it was near Beaulieu. What a find ! Spent 2 hrs here and went on the river cruise. Beautifully relaxing time here with a wonderful view from the cottage houses down to the river. If you want to just relax and chill while either having a relaxing river cruise (30 mins) or visiting the museum on site, I would definitely recommend Bucklers Head for a visit.
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    Written 29 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 July 2023
  • daisychain
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely escape
    Buckler’s Hard is a step straight back into the 18th Century as far as a peaceful environment is concerned. As such it offers an idyllic break from the everyday. The peace without motor traffic is a dream come true. The views over the river are stunning, especially in the evening, when the atmosphere is magical.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 16 July 2023
  • LightAleCavalier
    703 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic village in the New Forest
    BUcklers Hard is a former shipbuilding village on the Beaulieu River. Parking is good - you pay on departure. There is a very pleasant cafe near the entrance. The main street runs down to the river where the ships were built in a relatively secure place. One of the houses is open as a small reminder of how things were. There is also a tiny church within another that is still in use. We took a cruise on the river - very relaxing and generally good. A great place to spend some time.
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful feedback with us. We're glad you had such a great time!
    Written 29 August 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Written 26 July 2023
  • jane s
    Brighton, United Kingdom78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice little visit
    We went today and had a lovely time, we went on the boat trip which was very relaxing and informative so well worth doing and a very reasonable price. We ate in the cafe which was very nice, portion sizes were very good and the food was well presented and hot. We all enjoyed our visit and planning to come again
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 August 2023
  • gillian m
    Swansea, United Kingdom585 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty spot
    Such a pretty spot especially when the weather is pleasant. Lovely views along the river. I loved the museum house showing how people lived. Fascinating. Especially as homes were less cluttered then. We do fill our homes with too much 'stuff' these days. There's a very nice bar and restaurant plus a hotel but didn't have time to have a drink. Beautifully decorated and furnished. Also popped into the small shop but since there's a charge for the museum, we didn't have time to go in.
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    Written 29 August 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 August 2023
  • James Burge
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great afternoon at Buklers hard
    We took the kids to bucklers hard. They had a fantastic day. The food was lovely. The lady’s in the museum ( Sharon ) were fantastic with the kids explaining some history of the area. The boat trip was superb. Tom and Oliver were knowledgeable of the area and local wildlife. Highly recommended and a lovely day.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Jane J
    Southampton, United Kingdom221 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Bucklers Hard
    Beautiful day to visit. The walk between the houses down to the river is lovely. Took the boat trip down the river. £21 something for a family ticket. Although the trip is only about thirty minutes it certainly seems much longer. It was really lovely. There was a commentary about the history, the different sights we passed and also about the birds etc you might see. The commentary was not always easy to hear but was very informative. A leaflet would have been useful. There was both outdoor and undercover seating. We didn’t visit the museum as have been before but would definitely recommend as a place to visit and the boat trip a must do.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 23 August 2023
  • lindypindydbwoods
    Hartley Wintney, United Kingdom153 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good place to let dogs and little people let off steam
    The Museum and Shop were excellent. Plenty here for the children and grown ups alike to enjoy. Pick up a promotional leaflet to get a discount on entry to the museum and a 30 minute boat trip which was very informative about the area generally. The little cafe - Captains Table - served good food and was very good value. Nice people there too.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 27 August 2023
  • balloonmouse
    Hampshire, United Kingdom96 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit but be aware of parking charges
    Visited with my three year old grandson midweek during school holidays. Admission free for him as under 5 and, for me, a recycled teenager (as the lady at Reception so nicely put it) a reasonable £5.40 for admission to museum which also gives you £1 off boat trip. Parking is pay as you leave at the machines by café and was £4.80 for up to 3 hours so need to factor this in. You don’t have to pay any admission if you don’t fancy the museum. Boat trip can be popular so get there early as you can’t prebook. My grandson enjoyed the trip which was just enough length for him at half an hour. Good idea to take some snacks and drinks. There was commentary on board. Museum was interesting but not really for a 3 year old who preferred clambering over the canons outside. A few cottages are open to show life in the past and these are free to visit. The Master Builder’s hotel and restaurant looked inviting and had a nice garden but we chose The Captain’s Cabin café which was pleasant and reasonably priced. Wasps outside a nuisance but there is indoor seating. Staff all friendly. A maritime themed playground would be nice!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 August 2023
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Max
Devizes, UK564 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Going to Buckler's Hard is like going back in history. We didn't visit the museum, however, there's plenty to see with various exhibitions around the grounds. We went on the Beaulieu River Cruise, the skipper gave an excellent commentary and it was really interesting learning about the importance of Buckler's Hard across the ages.
Written 15 June 2024
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Clair S
Pulborough, UK21 contributions
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May 2024 • Couples
I am very lucky in that I live in the New Forest and often run between Beaulieu and Buckler's Hard. I had forgotten about the Captain's Table however and decided to go back there, after a run yesterday, and have a coffee and slice of carrot cake - and drag the hubby with me. What a lovely experience. The prices were reasonable for this area, the coffee was great, and super strong (as I like it). New Forest Ice Cream is always a delight (we had to have a salted caramel). Ashley (the lad serving us) was worth a mention as he had the most lovely demeanour and looked genuinely happy to be there! I told him I'd give him a shout out! I'm going to make a point of going back there more, I just keep forgetting it's there. Shame on me.
Written 11 May 2024
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Elisa B
Armonk, NY144 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
It was a cold and rainy day when we stopped here. The roads were narrow and windy with a very muddy shoulder, but luckily we had a large truck ahead of us clearing a path. The museum is chock full of information (more than you could ever want) but just when we were thinking it was hardly worth the £6 entrance fee, we got to the life-size diorama type displays (they have recording of the people talking as if in the day). It was cute and interesting. Would be a great trip for kids, and if the weather were better, walking around the other buildings and green by the docks would be quite nice. At least worth an hour or two.
Written 2 April 2024
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Annie
Tidworth, UK1,822 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
We had a lovely afternoon here, we visited the chapel and the cottage. We went into the beautiful hotel and had a coffee in the pub. We went on a half hour river cruise which cost £7.50 per adult and we felt it was good value for money. A really great afternoon. Please note that the disabled parking is still chargeable in this car park.
Written 1 April 2024
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Thank you for leaving your feedback, we are happy to hear you had an enjoyable recent visit to Buckler's Hard and the River Cruise. We hope to see you again soon.
Written 3 May 2024
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Pamella
Lyndhurst, UK9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
My husband and I had a pleasant morning here. It was quite interesting, although not particularly exceptional. However, this was to be expected. Overall, it was a satisfactory experience.
Written 1 April 2024
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dragonara2
Honiton, UK479 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The museum was excellent, plenty of info and exhibits, set out in different rooms, the old inn, etc. but on exiting the museum we were disappointed that there were only 2 other buildings you could visit, the chapel and the shipwrights cottage, not worth spending a day there. Cafe at the top had reasonably priced food and drinks. Plenty of parking but seemed expensive for the tie we spent there. Good views across the water.
Written 25 March 2024
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ExpatMoscow
Moscow2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The setting is beautiful and fascinating but the museum itself is outstanding! We could have spent a whole day there if there had been a few seats scatted around. Full of amazing information and well worth the money.
Written 8 March 2024
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Thank you for your review, we are happy to hear you had an enjoyable visit and hope to welcome you back to Buckler's Hard again in the near future.
Written 3 May 2024
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John R
Newcastle-under-Lyme, UK70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Amazing history to imagine that Nelson’s war ships were built here.
Spend time in the museum (entry fee payable) but worth every penny.
Give yourself an hour for the museum which is interactive.
You will leave there wondering how you had never heard of somewhere so important in our history.
Written 7 March 2024
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Sam3314
Derby, UK2,089 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Buckler's Hard shipyards built ships for Nelson and the mulberry harbours for D-Day so has a fascinating history. You can walk from Beaulieu village (2.25 miles) along the Beaulieu River or drive and park in the car park. The village itself, Shipwright's cottage, chapel and Agamemnon story are all free except for the parking charge. The museum charges a small fee but is fascinating telling the story of the village and its residents, the ships built here, Gypsy Moth IV and the wreck of the SS Persia. There are also great opportunities for bird watching on the river. In the summer you can take boat trips. A gentle way to spend a day. Dogs welcome in all areas
Written 5 March 2024
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David S
11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Walked from beauty but it's not really a walk along the river as your not really close. The museum is a little expensive for what you get and it's now looking a bit dated. Disappointed
Written 5 March 2024
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