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Buckler's Hard Village and Maritime Museum

Time stands still in this remarkable, historic shipbuilding village on the banks of Beaulieu River. Arrive by car, foot or water.

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A Time Capsule on Beaulieu River

On the banks of the Beaulieu River, you’ll find the unique and picturesque village of Buckler’s Hard where time has almost stood still. Here warships were built for almost a century including Nelson’s favourite H.M.S. Agamemnon. The Museum reflects this ship-building tradition and tells the Buckler’s Hard story - from its origins as a port for importing sugar cane from the West Indies in the 18th century.

Buckler's Hard Village

Buckler's Hard Village

Buckler's Hard by Foot

Buckler's Hard by Foot

The Museum

  • Models of ships that were built for Lord Nelson;
  • A reconstruction of the New Inn;
  • The story of Henry Adams – the master shipbuilder of the village;
  • Models of yachts which were used by Sir Francis Chichester, the first round the world lone yachtsman;
  • A video presentation of the Beaulieu River during the Second World War;
  • A historic cottage which portrays authentic 18th century life.
Sir Francis Chichester's Memorial Plaque

Sir Francis Chichester's memorial plaque in the Montagu family chapel.

The River

You can also enjoy the beauty and wildlife of the Beaulieu River by taking a river cruise. Or you could take a delightful riverside walk through woodland to the village of Beaulieu.

Beaulieu River from Buckler's Hard

Beaulieu River from Buckler's Hard

The Hotel

Buckler’s Hard is a place for relaxation as well as exploration. Refreshments are at hand at the Captain’s Cabin Café which offers light refreshments and drinks between Easter and October. The Master Builder’s House Hotel, overlooking the River, offers buffet and public bars and an exquisite restaurant. Children are welcome except in the public bar.

Beaulieu River from The Master Builders Hotel

Beaulieu River from The Master Builders Hotel

More Information

For more information visit the Buckler's Hard website, telephone 01590 616203, or

Buckler’s Hard, Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Hampshire. SO42 7DZ.

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