Bucklers Hard Village and Maritime Museum Museums
Buckler's Hard is a picturesque 18th century village on the banks of the Beaulieu River in the heart of the New Forest. Historically, it is famed as the place where some of the ships of Nelson's fleet were built, but whether your interest is as a visitor - as an individual, family, group or educational party - or as a sailor wishing to moor in the River, the things to see and enjoy are as varied as the history of the area itself.
Buckler's Hard is one of England's most attractive and unusual villages. It was created in the early 18th century by the 2nd Duke of Montagu, who planned to build a free port, Montagu Town, on the banks of the Beaulieu River for the import and export of sugar from the West Indies. The idea failed to get off the ground when the French captured the islands, but from the 1740's the site was used for the building of over 50 wooden ships for the Royal Navy.
The four authentically reconstructed cottage interiors form part of The Buckler's Hard Story and give an insight into village life during its shipbuilding era. A mixture of original and replica items have been used, and all the characters shown actually lived and worked in Buckler's Hard. You can even listen in to some of the conversations!
AddressBucklers Hard, Bucklers Hard, Hampshire, SO42 7XB
Opening times10.30 am until 5.00 pm
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