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Beaulieu, Hampshire

Hot wheel it to this gorgeous estate for automotive amusements and more

Posted: 20 July 2011
by Helen McKay-Ferguson

Pronounced bew-lee (which might well fox the Francophile in you), this splendid stately home belongs to a select group of Treasure Houses – beauteous abodes that give a unique insight into English history. One of the shiniest jewels in Beaulieu’s crown is the National Motor Museum, which houses a fleet of shiny vehicles. Also on the action front are the World Of Top Gear, the James Bond Experience plus a Secret Army Exhibition, while the Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey’s and gorgeous gardens provide pleasures of a more serene variety.

Star attractions Star mobiles include the Flying Ford Anglia from Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, plus models from the most ambitious Top Gear challenges.

Family X-Factor A ride always goes down well with little visitors, and Beaulieu is just the place to hitch one. The high-level monorail travels through the museum’s roof, giving you a bird’s-eye view of the cars below. Climb aboard the Wheels pod ride to journey through 100 years of motoring history, or take in the sights from the lofty vantage point of the open-topped replica 1912 London Bus.

Not many people know this, but… The Wombles came to visit Beaulieu in 1974 to open the Monorail and American entertainer Liberace once paid a visit to Beaulieu with a friend...who turned out to be none other than Michael Jackson!

Special Events
Victorian House Party
July 16–September 4

Join the party with music in the drawing room, Victorian playlets and games on the lawn. 

Summer Holiday Activities
August 1–25 
Take part in our exciting and creative sessions, from car construction to badge making and games.

Falconry Displays
August 1–31
Learn about the history of falconry and see some of these amazing birds in special flying demonstrations.

Cost £17.75 (adults), £9.25 (children), under-fives are free. 

Also in the area Buckler’s Hard Maritime Museum, Long Down Activity Farm, Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway, Marwell Zoological Park, New Forest Reptile Centre, New Forest Wildlife Park, The Eling Experience, Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum, Furzey Gardens, Lepe Country Park.

Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7ZN.

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