Buckler’s HardBucklers Hard
Hampshire SO42 7XB
 
 
 
The unique 18th century hamlet of Buckler’s Hard can be found on the banks of the River Beaulieu as it runs through the heart of the New Forest. This charming little village consists of two rows of attractive red brick Georgian houses separated by a large grassy street running downhill to the riverbank.
 
The width between the two rows of houses indicates the size of the oak trees being felled out of the New Forest. It took up to 2,000 loads or 40 acres of 100 year old trees to make one 64 gun warship such as the Agamemnon.
 
What is so special about this place is that it has hardly changed since it was a major shipbuilding yard constructing warships for Horatio Nelson’s British Fleet. All that is missing is a half-finished ship at the edge of the water.
 
Between 1744 and 1805 the shipyard was under the control of Master Shipbuilder, Henry Adams. Adams lived in the large house at the end of the street overlooking the Hard where he could keep an eye on construction. The house is now The Master Builder’s House Hotel.
 
The Hard was responsible for building many famous ships during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. These included HMS Euryalus, HMS Swiftsure and HMS Agamemnon, all of which fought at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
 
The ship building industry declined in the 19th century but during the Second World War it was reborn. The village was used to build motor torpedo boats and the river was a base for hundreds of landing craft for the Normandy invasion, ‘Operation Overlord’.
 
Buckler's Hard was where Sir Francis Chichester began and finished his single-handed voyage around the world in Gipsy Moth IV.
 
Today, the hamlet is given over to tourism, with a small maritime museum, and a modern yachting marina.
 
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What to See & Do
Explore the historic cottage displays and the chapel to see how the village would have looked in the early 1800s and how inhabitants lived and worked. Compare the difference between the cramped home of a Labourer’s family with the more spacious home of a Shipwright craftsman.
 
Visit the Buckler’s Hard Maritime Museum which tells the story of this unique village, bringing to life the characters that lived here at the time of Henry Adams. Listen to the local gossip of the 1790s in The New Inn, the centre of village life, which served as a meeting place, committee room, offices and entertainment area.
 
Woodland Trail & Apple Orchard
Buckler's Hard became a shipyard because of its protected location, tidal access to the sea and the ready supply of timber from the Beaulieu Estate and the surrounding New Forest. This peaceful walk beside the river shows you many of the tree species that were used in the construction of Nelson's warships.
 
Identified are a 200 year old Oak Tree that would have been a sapling in the 18th century, a large hazel tree that was coppiced in the past but has now been left to grow, an Alder tree that seeps blood orange sap when cut and a yew tree that lives for thousands of years rather than mere centuries.
 
In Spring, the apple orchard is a riot of blossom and completely irresistible.
 
Plan Your Visit
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Disabled Access
The nature of the site means it is not easy for wheelchair access. It has mainly gravel paths, some steep slopes, uneven surfaces, exposed tree roots, and narrow doorways and stairs to historic buildings.
 
Where possible, ramps have been installed and accessible toilets provided.
 
Open
Buckler’s Hard is open all year except 25 December.
Summer (Easter - 30th September): 10:00 – 17:00 hours
Winter (1st October - Easter): 10:00 – 16:30 hours
The last admission each day is 30 minutes prior to closing time.
 
Admission Cost
The fee covers the cost of admission to the historic village and waterfront, Maritime Museum and Buckler’s Hard Story, the chapel, the shipbuilder's cottages and all day car parking. The only attraction not covered is a sightseeing cruise of the river. For up to date prices go to  Web:  Buckler's Hard/ Visitor Information    External Link
 
Sightseeing Cruise
The 30 minute river cruise operates between Easter and 30 October . The river cruise sails from the jetty at the bottom of the high street at the following times: 11:00, 11:45, 12:45, 13:30, 14:15, 15:00, 15:45, 16:30. During August only there is also a sailing at 17:15.
 
For up to date prices click on http://www.bucklershard.co.uk/your-visit/visitor-info The charge for the River Cruise is payable in cash once aboard the boat. It is regretted there are no facilities for payment by card. For safety reasons, disabled passengers must be accompanied by their own carer.
 
Refreshments
Morning coffee, light lunches, all day snacks, and clotted cream teas are a few of the delicious items that can be enjoyed in the Captain's Cabin Cafe located at the top of the street.
 
The Master Builder's House Hotel
The Master Builder's House Hotel is at the bottom of Buckler's Hard street. Lunch and dinner can be taken in the bar or restaurant which overlooks the Beaulieu River. Accommodation is available for short breaks. For more information, go to  Web:  The Master Builder's House Hotel    External Link
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone   +44 (0)1590 616 203
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