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“Family Day out”

Beaulieu National Motor Museum
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Beaulieu
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: In the heart of the glorious New Forest, Beaulieu is one of the South's top visitor attractions. Here you will find the National Motor Museum, home to over 250 vehicles telling the history of motoring. You can also visit Palace House and Gardens, home of the Montagu family since 1538, the remains of Beaulieu Abbey and World of Top Gear where you can see some of the vehicles from Jeremy, James and Richard's most ambitious challenges. Ride on the high level Monorail or climb aboard the replica 1912 open top London bus for a fun way to see Beaulieu's sights.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really interesting place to visit. Also very good if it's a wet day as most of it inside. Something for all ages as my teenage son found it interesting and loved the cars. The house is lovely and over the Easter weekend they were offering free face painting. A rare treat for any parent to not have to pay out extras.
Friendly staff and it's a shame it was raining as would love to explore the grounds more. They do give you 6 days to return and see it all again and if you gift aid a annual pass for the motor museum, which is helpful.
Only negative bit was the lack of space to have a picnic on a rainy day. There is a large tent up but it's no where near anything so you would get drenched just going there. It meant we sat in the resurant to eat ours but it was so busy and hectic in there. Defiantely book before you go as you save lots of money!!

Thank emmylou50
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Beaulieu_Hampshire, Public Relations Manager at Beaulieu National Motor Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We’re happy the rain didn’t dampen your spirit. It’s great to hear your children enjoyed the free face painting in Palace House as part of Nature Detectives. We hope they also got a chance to join in on the cookery in the Victorian Kitchen! Thank you for your suggestion, we will pass your feedback regarding picnic facilities on for future reviews.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An amazing attraction for everyone. Young children seemed to love the place. Well planned entertainment for all. Dogs welcomed and plac3 for them to relax.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As we live locally in Bournemouth we have always found Beaulieu a brilliant place to visit with my two sons, but discovered today that the Wheels ride is no more! Really disappointed as this was such an unusual attraction ( a very small scale Disney ride)! Although Beaulieu has so much more to offer such as The Palace House, Abbey, Monorail, Gardens and various motoring display attractions and museum which are all brilliant, the Wheels ride was just something a bit different enjoyed by all ages
Dated or not bring it back! (Please)

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Beaulieu_Hampshire, Public Relations Manager at Beaulieu National Motor Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your feedback. We have temporarily closed Wheels while we review a potential refresh for the future. We hope that in the meantime unlimited rides on the 'Skytrain' monorail and Veteran Bus are both good free alternatives. We have removed all mention of Wheels from the Beaulieu website, but appreciate as a regular visitor you would have expected it to be there. We hope this didn't otherwise spoil your visit.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow.. I had the most amazing day ever.. The museum was absolutely fantastic! Would be great to see more cars from the 80's but nevertheless I didn't stop grinning from the moment we arrived to when we left!!
Beaulieu Palace House was stunning.. Felt like I had stepped back in time.. The Staff were lovely and very accommodating!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Weather was bad but that didn't stop us enjoying the museum as it is inside. Visited over Easter. Museum & Top Gear cars were great. The food in the café was OK but not the best.

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