Military Attractions in the New Forest

The New Forest, famously created by William the Conqueror for medieval hunting, has long been associated with the military. Hurst and Calshot castles have defended the western Solent from attack, Buckler’s Hard was where Nelson’s fleet was built, and Lepe Country Park saw the famous D-Day Mulberry Harbours launched from its shores.

Broadlands - New Forest

Broadlands

Broadlands, the home of Lord and Lady Brabourne by descent from PM Viscount Palmerston and the Earl Mountbatten, is open to the public by guided tour only. The Mountbatten Exhibition depicts the life and times of Lord and Lady Mountbatten. Limited tours, which include items normally available by appointment, are offered on certain days.

Romsey
Hampshire
SO51 9ZD

Web: www.broadlandsestates.co.uk

Tel: 01794 505010

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Buckler’s Hard - New Forest

Buckler’s Hard

Historic shipbuilding village near Beaulieu where ships for Nelson’s Navy were built in the 18th Century. See the Nelson display in the Maritime Museum and take a cruise on the river.

Buckler’s Hard
Beaulieu
SO42 7XB

Web: www.bucklershard.co.uk

Tel: 01590 616203

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Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway -  New Forest

Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway

A 200 acre oak woodland garden famous for the Rothschild collection of rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias. During WWII Exbury House was requisitioned as HMS Mastodon, and helped in D-Day. Beaulieu River views and Arromanches plaque.

Exbury
Southampton
SO45 1AZ

Web: www.exbury.co.uk

Tel: 023 8089 1203

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Calshot Castle -  New Forest

Calshot Castle

A Tudor castle with a prominent location at the entrance to Southampton Water, with views across the Solent. The Castle is adjacent to Calshot Activities Centre. Former RAF flying-boat base.

Calshot Spit
Fawley
SO45 1BR

Web: www.calshot.com

Tel: 023 8089 2077

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Hurst Castle - New Forest

Hurst Castle

A Tudor castle where Charles I was imprisoned in 1648. The Victorian wings hold a large collection of guns and exhibitions. Fantastic views of the Solent. Approach by foot or ferry from Keyhaven.

Milford on Sea

Web: www.hurstcastle.co.uk

Tel: 01590 642344 & 642500

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Lepe Country Park - New Forest

Lepe Country Park

Explore extensive remains of key D-Day embarkation point. Sections of Mulberry Harbour were made and launched from here. Beaches and cliff-top walks, Solent views, children’s play area and café.

Exbury
Southampton
SO45 1AD

Web: www.hants.gov.uk

Tel: 023 8089 9108

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