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Whether it's enjoying a riverside picnic, exploring the charming High Street or visiting the world-famous motor museum, the village of Beaulieu provides a great day out.

Situated at the head of the Beaulieu River, the village dates back to the 13th century when the village grew up around the abbey, founded in 1204 by Cistercian monks on land given to them by King John, who had a royal hunting lodge at Beaulieu.

Following Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries in the 1530s, Beaulieu passed into ownership of present Lord Montagu's ancestors and has remained with the family ever since.

The present Lord Montagu of Beaulieu founded Britain's National Motor Museum, which houses more than 250 vehicles and includes legendary motor vehicles from all over the world, including the record-braking Bluebird.

In the village of Beaulieu, the visitor can find many places to visit, with an interesting variety of village stores, ranging from specialist gift and chocolate shops to art and craft. Venture down the road and spend a pleasant day out at historic Buckler's Hard, a pretty shipbuilding village along the Beaulieu River.

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