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Group visits & tours

With themed tours and a tranquil river cruise, the historic shipbuilding village of Buckler’s Hard is an ideal destination for your group visit to the New Forest.

Take your group on a trip back in time to the 18th century in the heart of the New Forest. Based on the beautiful Beaulieu River, group visitors will love exploring the Buckler’s Hard Museum and stepping inside a shipwright’s cottage to find out how shipbuilding residents would have lived and worked in this picturesque village.

Perfect for day trips from Hampshire and Dorset, we offer fascinating guided tours from costumed characters, ample coach parking and generous discounts for groups of 15+.

Enjoy an afternoon tea or light lunch at the Captain’s Table (subject to numbers) and make sure you visit the gift shop to pick up a souvenir of your trip.

Any questions? Check out our frequently asked questions to find the answer or download our groups brochure here. 

Guided tours

Enhance your visit with a tour by one of our costumed guides:

The Buckler’s Hard Story: Shipwrights, Smugglers and Sea Shanties

Step back in time to the 1790s to meet an inhabitant of Buckler’s Hard. As they delve into the shipbuilding history of the village, you’ll find out how the ships they built bolstered Nelson’s fleet. (Must be booked 4 weeks in advance. Approx. 1hr)

River cruise

Between Easter and October, this tranquil 30-minute cruise wends its way along the Beaulieu River, accompanied by a commentary which reveals the history and wildlife that inhabits its picturesque banks.

The River Cruise is a great optional extra when booked in conjunction with your visit to the Buckler’s Hard Museum.

The captain’s table

The Captain’s Table offers a wide range of refreshments, cakes, and light lunches which can be enjoyed inside the tearoom or outside on the terrace (subject to numbers).

Download Hospitality Menu

Combined visits to beaulieu

Why not combine your excursion to Buckler’s Hard with a trip to our sister attraction, Beaulieu?

Tickets include access to a 13th century abbey, a stunning stately home and a world-famous National Motor Museum.

Group prices

Groups of 15+ can take advantage of the following discounted prices:

2024 ticket & tour prices

AdultSenior (60+)Child (5-16)
Buckler’s Hard Museum£4.80£4.40£3.20
Buckler’s Hard Museum & River Cruise*£10.00£9.00£7.75
Buckler’s Hard Museum PLUS Beaulieu£22.75£21.50£13.75
Buckler’s Hard Museum & River Cruise PLUS Beaulieu*£27.00£25.75£17.50
*Easter to October only.

Guided tours attract an additional surcharge of £35 per tour, per group of 20 or part thereof.

2024 parking prices

Up to 3 hoursOver 3 hours
*Pre-booking is advised. Pre-booked coach groups to the Museum are not required to pay for coach parking

Ready to book?

Download the Groups Brochure


Contact us on 01590 614645 or to book.


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