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Christmas at Beaulieu

We really enjoyed our visit to Beaulieu last night. The lights were lovely and various and the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
SueSAmersham
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Amersham
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More than a museum..great day out...bring back Wheels!

We live locally and decided to spend a day here with 2 children (7 and 4). We had a great day, they... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
runcieman
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New Forest
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

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.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Sian248
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

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)

Date of experience: April 2018
6  Thank Stephanie G
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Beaulieu_Hampshire, Public Relations Manager at Beaulieu National Motor Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2018

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 April 3, 2018 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!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank zlhodgson
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

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.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank gillian-thorne
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

The museum itself is a treasure trove of varied and interesting exhibits that cater for pretty much every kind of car enthusiast, ranging from F1, through motorbikes, rally, land speed record, luxury, you name it. Lots to see alongside the cars, including a great garage replica, live exhibits (we saw a 1930 Blower Bentley fired up by an exceptionally knowledgeable chap) and plenty of (sponsored) side exhibits. Adults could spend hours in the main halll; with younger children you'll probably miss some of it as they whizz between displays.

The monorail is a nice (old) way to get around the site, or just to take a ride on, with a fairly unique view down into the museum as it passes through the roof space. It's a little cramped but not excessively so. Ditto the vintage bus - a nice short ride from the museum over to the house.

The house itself is very pleasant with plenty of connection to the Montagu family including some unique items. On our visit it was staffed by a number of period-dressed volunteers and had some kids activities going on. The nearby WW2 exhibit is interesting for older children and adults. The grounds are a very nice way to while away an hour or so wandering.

The World of Top Gear is interesting enough if you are familiar with the show - a lot of the vehicles look very much like they have lived outdoors for a long time and are quite decrepit but it's good to see the details including crude construction methods.

Contrary to other reviews, we found the food pretty decent. Nice fish & chips, good mushy peas, homemade tartare sauce; good kids lunch boxes with plenty of choice; nice enough coffee. Agreed, it's not cheap, but (a) where is? and (b) there are plenty of picnic areas and you can go to and from the car park in a few minutes so bring-your-own is simple enough.

Accessibility - there is a lift in the museum, and accessible entry to the restaurant is well signed, contrary to other reviews. Agreed, the monorail and bus are not accessible but they are (literally) from a different era.

Worth noting there is a relatively well hidden cash machine in the main entrance / gift shop area and most of the paid-for attractions / ice cream etc. require cash.

Biggest let-down: the "On Screen Cars" exhibit is tragic. If you're one of the 6 remaining people in the UK who haven't yet seen a low quality replica of Del Boy's van you might enjoy that, but generally it's rubbish.

Overall - good day out.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank JamesSkinner
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