Buckler's Hard

Buckler's Hard

Buckler’s Hard stands on the banks of a beautiful stretch of the Beaulieu River in the heart of the New Forest National Park. Explore this unique 18th century village where some of Lord Nelson’s fleet for the Battle of Trafalgar were built.

Together the Maritime Museum and Buckler’s Hard story give a revealing insight into this charming old village and the ways of life of the people who lived there all those years ago. The museum is also home to artefacts from the 'SS Persia' exhibition telling the remarkable story of the P&O liner and its sinking by a German U-boat during WWI.

Near the waters edge, the Woodland Walk highlights how local timber at Buckler’s Hard was used in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to construct ships for the British Navy. A stroll along the riverbank provides the opportunity to see much of the abundant wildlife that has made this beautiful stretch of water its home.

One of the joys of Buckler’s Hard is that all this history and natural beauty is to be found within easy reach of Bournemouth, Southampton and Winchester.

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Lord Nelson’s Legacy

Three of Nelson’s ships built at Buckler’s Hard saw action at the Battle of Trafalgar; the Agamemnon, the Euryalus and the Swiftsure. See models of these ships in the Maritime Museum, as well as Nelson memorabilia including his baby clothes, made for him by the citizens of his birthplace, Burnham Thorpe, in Norfolk.

Beaulieu River and Marina

It’s strange to think that what today is such a beautifully peaceful stretch of river was once the factory of Nelson’s warlike navy. Nowadays, its yachts and other pleasure craft that set sail from here, and Buckler’s Hard Marina is one of the most picturesque on the south coast.

Take to the water

Cruises along the Beaulieu River are very popular with families. They operate between Easter and October, and take half an hour with a commentary explaining all about the history of the river and its abundant wildlife.

Education and Group Visits

Within the village and the Maritime Museum are a treasure chest of fascinating artefacts and displays telling the story of Buckler's Hard.

Buckler's Hard welcomes groups of 15 people or more. Expert staff are on hand to help you plan your group visit and make the day truly memorable.

To make a group visit, please call 01590 614645 or email groups@bucklershard.co.uk

Buckler’s Hard - New Forest

Visitor Information

Buckler’s Hard
Beaulieu
SO42 7XB

Web: www.bucklershard.co.uk

Tel: 01590 616203

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