Despite our entry into the last quarter of the year it’s not all doom and gloom for those looking for something to do in the New Forest. The area is jam packed with attractions and activities both indoors and under cover for when the weather draws in and the sun has retired.
Busting at the seams with history and adventure, the Beaulieu estate has something to offer visitors of all ages and of all interests. The Beaulieu National Motor Museum & Abbey are two of the most popular destinations in the area. The Palace House of Beaulieu (once the gatehouse to Beaulieu Abbey) is home to the most prized possessions of the Montagu family, who have owned the property since 1538. Here you can view photographs, art, historical memorabilia and much more in the luxurious surroundings of the grand house. Exhibitions and displays are held here often and visitors can roam the extensive gardens including a Victorian Flower Garden and Kitchen Garden.
Across the way you will find Beaulieu Abbey. Dating back to the early 1200s the Abbey was partly destroyed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries however much survives and the building is used to display the story of its past, to house art, play host to workshops teaching ancient crafts, and also as a popular and beautiful wedding venue.
The Beaulieu National Motor Museum is also housed on this great estate and is a genuine thrill for all visitors, not just the car buffs in the family! Over 250 vehicles live here, from the start of the motor industry to modern day, record breakers, motorsports, old familiars from television and film and well as some very unusual automobiles you might not think existed! The motor museum has regular special events and offers and can be enjoyed by all the family.