Beaulieu has been home to the Montagu family since 1538, when Palace House was created from the Great Gatehouse of 13th-century Beaulieu Abbey.
The Abbey was founded in 1204 on land gifted by King John to the Cistercian monks. From the beautiful fan-vaulted ceilings of the Lower Drawing Room and Dining Hall, you can clearly see its monastic origins.
Today, Palace House is part of the Beaulieu attraction which sits at the head of the beautiful Beaulieu River in the heart of the New Forest.
Beaulieu is home to the National Motor Museum, which tells the story of motoring with a collection of more than 250 vehicles ranging from the earliest carriages to legendary Land Speed Record breakers.
Palace House, the National Motor Museum, World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, Beaulieu Abbey and the stunning grounds and gardens are all included in a general admission ticket to Beaulieu.
Today’s opening hours
Every day except Christmas Day, 10am to 5pm (later in summer).
Please note that this attraction is no longer free to Historic Houses members.
Every day except Christmas Day, 10am to 5pm (later in summer).
Beaulieu is in the New Forest National Park, not far from Southampton, Bournemouth, Winchester, Salisbury and Portsmouth. Take junction 2 of the M27 and follow the brown tourism signs to Beaulieu and our visitor entrance.
Brockenhurst is the closest main line station to Beaulieu. There is a taxi rank at the station and the cost of a journey to Beaulieu by taxi is approx £20.
- Offers bike storage
Car park on site
Online prices, if bought in advance by at least 24 hours before a visit:
17 and under: £9.50
Historic Houses members can no longer visit Beaulieu for free, but are eligible for a 20% discount on the ‘on the day’ ticket prices.
This offer is not valid on advance or family tickets, nor can it be used in conjunction with any other offer. It is also not available on days of major special events or for any separately charged events.
- Access statement available
- Guide dogs welcome
- Hearing loops
- Accessible parking
- Large font signs and leaflets
- Accessible toilets
- Touch tours
- Wheelchair ramps/routes
With a range of attractions guaranteed to satisfy a variety of interests, Beaulieu is an ideal destination for group visits to the New Forest.
With a stately home, a world famous motor museum and a 13th century abbey surrounded by picturesque gardens, there are over 800 years of heritage to be seen at this well established and group friendly venue.
A word from the owner
There have been many visitors to Beaulieu coming in search of ghosts over the years.
They include Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, who famously held a seance at Palace House and made various visits to Beaulieu to research paranormal activity.
More recently, a guide in Palace House captured a 'Lady in Blue' while testing the camera on h
Travel back in time and visit the Victorian Montagu family home this festive season.
Visit us on 7 &8 December, 14 & 15 December and 21 December - 1 January* to see what the Montagu family members would have been doing during the festive season of 1889.
Sip a glass of warming mulled punch while you soak in the festive atmosphere of Palace House, with stunning decorations, welcoming log fires and a Christmas tree in each room - including a 22ft tree at the foot of the main staircase!
*Please note the Beaulieu attraction will be closed on Christmas Day.
The historic Domus is an original building from 13th-century Beaulieu Abbey and now provides a unique venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions.
For a more unusual setting, ceremonies and receptions can be held in the National Motor Museum. While a more intimate setting is Palace House, the ancestral home of the Montagu family.
The historic Domus is one of only two buildings remaining from the original 13th Century Beaulieu Abbey and now provides a unique, elegant venue for your wedding ceremony and reception. The charming original features include exposed beams and a large open fireplace.
For an exceptionally unique wedding, evening ceremonies, wedding breakfasts or drinks receptions can be arranged in the world-famous National Motor Museum. As a true motoring fanatic you can hold your wedding ceremony amongst the cars.
Surrounding the Domus, the spectacular Cloisters can be found, where exquisite drink receptions are held within the striking archways and ruins. You may also use the beautiful Victorian Gardens and Beaulieu River for the perfect picture backdrop.
The house provides a stunning setting for more intimate evening ceremonies and Wedding receptions. Host your drinks reception in the divine entrance hall before heading through to the impressive lower dining room for a sumptuous wedding breakfast.
LOWER DRAWING ROOM
The romance continues into the elegant Lower Drawing Room which can be used for after dinner drinks and acoustic music. The breathtaking setting of Palace House is second to none with quality of food and service to match, emanating style and sophistication for an unsurpassed wedding reception.
From intimate banquets and gala dinners to fun team building events, the corporate team at Beaulieu can arrange your corporate event.
Beaulieu offers an unusual venue for dinners with a difference where you experience high quality, fine food and fantastic service.
Meetings and conferences
A relaxed and unusual location for your conference, meeting or company day out.
A spectacular venue in the heart of the New Forest for canapé and drinks receptions.
Team building and away days
From multi-day to single team building events, we can deliver a memorable corporate event that delivers results for your company.
We welcome primary and secondary schools.
Beaulieu’s award winning team of education specialists offer a range of curriculum linked and made-to-measure programmes to suit the needs of your group.
With a 13th-century abbey, a Victorian styled stately home, a world-famous motor museum and a unique wartime narrative - plus the nearby historic shipbuilding village of Buckler's Hard - there is an enviable range of learning opportunities on offer for KS 1 - 4 and SEN groups.
With refreshed programmes to meet the needs of the modern curriculum, groups can cover their choice of History, Science, English, Maths, Design & Technology, Leisure & Tourism, Engineering and Art.
Available learning facilities include a modern Lecture Theatre and purpose-built classroom.