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Palace House, Beaulieu
Thomas Wriothesley, who later became the 1st Earl of Southampton, acquired the estate at the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries when he was Lord Chancellor to Henry Vlll.
Palace House, overlooking the Beaulieu River, was once the Great Gatehouse of Beaulieu Abbey with its monastic origins reflected in the fan vaulted ceilings of the 14th century Dining Hall and Lower Drawing Room. The rooms are decorated with furnishings, portraits and treasures collected by past and present generations of the family. Visitors can enjoy the fine gardens or take a riverside walk around the Monks' Mill Pond.
Beaulieu Abbey was founded in 1204 when King John gave the land to the Cistercians and although most of the buildings have now been destroyed, much of the beauty and interest remains. The former Monks' Refectory is now the local parish church and the Domus, which houses an exhibition and video presentation of monastic life, is home to beautiful wall hangings.
Beaulieu also houses the world famous National Motor Museum which traces the story of motoring from 1894 to the present day. 250 vehicles are on display including legendary world record breakers plus veteran, vintage and classic cars and motorcycles.
New for 2012 is BOND IN MOTION, the world's largest display of official Bond vehicles with 50 vehicles to celebrate 50 years of the Bond franchise.
The modern Beaulieu is very much a family destination with many free and unlimited rides on a transportation theme to be enjoyed, including a mile long, high-level monorail and replica 1912 London open-topped bus.
When visiting Beaulieu arrangements can be made to view the Estate's vineyards. Visits can be arranged with Beaulieu Estate Office.
All year Individual rates upon application. Groups (15+) Rates upon application.
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|Season Dates||Opening Hours|
|Wed 1 May 2013 - Mon 30 Sep 2013||Mon - Sun 10:00 to 18:00|
|Tue 1 Oct 2013 - Tue 1 Apr 2014||Mon - Sun 10:00 to 17:00|
|Notes||Summer: May-September Daily, 10am-6pm.
Winter: October-April Daily, 10am-5pm. Closed Christmas Day.
VenueNational Motor Museum
Beaulieu, Hampshire, SO42 7ZN
Map reference: SU 385027 Lat: 50.82257 Long: -1.45478
M27 exit Junction 2. Follow brown tourist signs towards Beaulieu. Plenty of free parking.
Parking : free
Accessible by Public Transport : 7 miles (11.3 kms) from Brockenhurst station
Some sections of site cannot be accessed by wheelchair users, but photos & information on these areas is available
Also at this venue
Events at this venue
|Sun 1 Jan 2012 - Mon 6 Jan 2014||Bond in Motion|
|Sun 9 Jun 2013||Mini Cooper Register Rally|
|Sun 16 Jun 2013||Custom & Hot Rod Festival|
|Sun 23 Jun 2013||Simply Porsche|
|Sun 30 Jun 2013||Simply Alfa Romeo|
|Sat 6, Sun 7 Jul 2013||Stationary Engines|
|Sun 7 Jul 2013||Austin Seven Rally|
|Sun 14 Jul 2013||Motorcycle Ride-in|
|Sun 21 Jul 2013||The German Show|
|Sun 28 Jul 2013||Simply Vauxhall|
|Sun 4 Aug 2013||Simply Japanese|
|Sat 10 Aug 2013||Walk Ten|
|Sun 11 Aug 2013||Simply Land Rover|
|Fri 16 - Sun 18 Aug 2013||T4 Rally|
|Sun 25 Aug 2013||Simply Classics|
|Mon 26 Aug 2013||Supercar Showdown|
|Sat 7, Sun 8 Sep 2013||International Autojumble|
|Fri 27 - Sun 29 Sep 2013||Holiday Park & Homes Show|
|Sun 13 Oct 2013||Cycletta New Forest|
|Sat 26 Oct 2013||Fireworks Spectacular|
|Sat 26 Oct 2013 - Sun 3 Nov 2013||Ghosts and Ghouls Half Term Hauntings|
|Sun 10 Nov 2013||Simply Smart|