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Beaulieu

Best known for the National Motor Museum, the village of Beaulieu has something for everyone.

In addition to seeing over 250 vehicles at the museum, you can visit the conserved ruins of the Beaulieu Abbey. The now tranquil Abbey was founded by King John in the 1200s and subsequently destroyed on the order of King Henry VIII in 1538. Take a walk around the ruins, visit the exhibition that tells the story of this 13th century Abbey and the Cistercian monks, and take a look at Beaulieu Parish Church.

For more fantastic architecture and history, explore the Victorian Gothic styled country home, Palace House, and let costumed guides tell you more about life in the Montagu household, or wander around the grounds and many gardens.

And there’s lots here for children too. Kids will love the mini motor play area, the Top Gear Test Track and Dipstick’s Driving Circuit. And there’s also family fun trails to take part in. If that’s not enough to keep your little ones busy, the National Motor Museum has kids’ favourite vehicles on show including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the flying Ford Anglia from Harry Potter.

An easy 25 minute drive through the New Forest will take you from The Mill to Beaulieu.