Beaulieu Palace HouseBucklers Hard
Hampshire SO42 7ZN
 
 
 
Beaulieu Palace House and gardens are just one of the attractions on Lord Montagu’s Estate in Hampshire, which are marketed jointly as ‘Beaulieu’. As well as the House & Gardens, one admission ticket includes the National Motor Museum, World of Top Gear, a monorail, Beaulieu Abbey, and the Secret Army Exhibition - an exhibit about the Special Operations Executive (SOE) training at Beaulieu during World War II.
 
Palace House was extended and remodelled during the 1800s but there is no getting away from its original ecclesiastical origins as the 12th century fortified Beaulieu Abbey gatehouse. In 1538, influential courtier Thomas Wriothesley, 1st Earl of Southampton purchased the estate and turned the gatehouse into a mansion.
 
Since then, Palace House has been the family home of the Barons Montagu. Although still home to the current Lord and Lady Montagu, parts of the house and gardens are open daily to the public. It is a member of the Treasure Houses of England consortium.
 
Overlooking the Beaulieu River millpond, the house is a fine example of a Victorian country home. Inside, its ecclesiastical heritage sets the grand gothic tone for a home bristling with character and adorned with family treasures, portraits, and memorabilia.
 
Costumed guides assume the guise of Victorian household staff to illustrate and share the fascinating history of the building, its treasures, its secrets, its staff, and inhabitants - The Montagu family.
 
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Ghosts
Beaulieu is reputed to be the most haunted place in Britain, with reported sightings going back over a hundred years, and possibly as far as the mid-16th century. Numerous paranormal investigators have conducted research at the abbey, including Arthur Conan Doyle, who it is claimed made contact with a ghost during a séance at Palace House.
 
A lady in blue or grey, reportedly sighted walking through walls and making a lot of noise in the private apartments, is believed to be the ghost of the Countess of Beaulieu, Lady Isabella, who died in 1786.
 
The 3rd Baron reported smelling incense in a room of the Palace House used as a chapel in the Middle Ages. The smell of incense allegedly signals tragedy for the people of the abbey or the village but there are no reports of any tragedy occurring.
 
Film Location
A feature film about the life of the current Lord Montagu’s astonishing aunt, Elizabeth Montagu has been filmed in the house and grounds. The Honourable Rebel tells the true story of this amazing woman’s life as a motor mechanic, an actress, a journalist, an ambulance driver, and spy during the Second World War. The Dining Hall and Drawing Room are just two of the rooms used as film locations. 
 
Open
Open every day of the year except 25 December. Summer (28 May - 25 September: 10:00 – 18:00 hours; Winter (28 September - 27 May): 10:00 – 17:00 hours
 
Admission Cost
One inclusive ticket provides access to all Beaulieu’s attractions including unlimited rides on the Monorail & Veteran Bus. Tickets may be purchased on the day of your visit but special discounts are available to purchasers online. For more information go to  Web:  Beaulieu/ Tickets & Prices    External Link
 
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Contact & Further Information
Telephone  +44 (0)1590 612 345 (Office Hours 10:00 – 17:00 hours)
Website  Beaulieu Palace House    External Link
 
Getting There
Beaulieu is in the heart of the New Forest National Park, not far from Southampton, Bournemouth, Winchester, Salisbury and Portsmouth. For detailed information on Getting to Beaulieu consult ‘The New Forest’ article on this website.
 
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Sat Nav: Beaulieu's postcode for your satnav is SO42 7ZN.
Free car parking in designated car parks. There is a separate car park for disabled visitors, near to Visitor Reception.
 
Visitors driving motorhomes or towing caravans can park their vehicles in the coach park.
There are no height restrictions entering or leaving the site.
 
Three electric car charging posts available for visitors to use, free of charge. To access either use your own card or borrow one from Visitor Reception (for a small deposit). Several 7-pin and one 13amp 3 pin connection available.
 
20% discount off standard admission for visitors travelling by train, ferry or bus for all or part of the journey to Beaulieu. Simply present your travel tickets on arrival, valid on the day of your visit, to claim your discount. Please note this cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, including discounted advance online tickets, family tickets, or on major event days.
 
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