Kids go free to Buckler’s Hard museum as lord mountbatten comes for a vip visit to celebrate 60th anniversary
Lord Ivar Mountbatten will visit Buckler’s Hard on the banks of the Beaulieu River for a VIP tour to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Buckler’s Hard Museum on Thursday April 6.
When Lord Mountbatten followed in his footsteps to perform the re-dedication of the museum for its half-centenary, he was presented with a limited edition David Bell print of Nelson’s favourite ship Agamemnon. During his next visit, Mary Montagu-Scott will show him around the newly opened HMS Agamemnon – Navigating the Legend exhibition, which shows how nations are working together to preserve the world’s only surviving wreck of a ship built at Buckler’s Hard.
Impressive pilot cutter Amelie Rose will be moored at Buckler’s Hard for Thursday’s anniversary, at the 18th century shipbuilding village where ships for Nelson’s fleet at Trafalgar were built.
Visitors can explore Buckler’s Hard for free and enjoy a riverside stroll in the picturesque village where time flows differently. Step inside the original Shipwright’s Cottage and charming St Mary’s Chapel, with a smugglers’ cellar beside the altar, then pass preserved cottages which line the gently sloping street on its way to the water’s edge.
From Easter, enjoy the first River Cruises of the season along Beaulieu River’s meandering saltmarshes. It’s the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, where you can spot waders and wildfowl and even a seal, if you’re lucky!
To stay overnight, book a room named after Master Shipbuilder Henry Adams at the Master Builder’s House. For dog-friendly lodgings, choose a room in their new wing or rent one of three holiday cottages.
See blossom on the trees in the Apple Orchard. Its apples, along with fruit from the rest of the Beaulieu Estate, are picked in the autumn to make Beaulieu Apple Juice – which is available in Buckler’s Hard gift shop.
Buckler’s Hard in the New Forest, Hampshire is accessible by foot, car, motorbike – or boat! A parking charge contributes to the upkeep of the historic village.
*Kids go free to Buckler’s Hard Museum when accompanied by a paying adult.
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