Set in the beautiful surroundings of the New Forest, you can understand why The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu is an award winning family visitor attraction. There is so much to see (and do!) – The Palace House and Gardens, The Beaulieu Abbey ruins, The Monorail, The National Motor Museum, Beautiful river walks and World of Top Gear – you will not be far away from activity!
Pick up a map of the park on your way in and also a quiz trail (under 5s, 5-8 years or 9 years and above for added fun!)
As you enter Beaulieu, you are on a long but beautiful path which in time will lead you down to the Palace House. Before all the exploring, why not build up your energy by stopping off for something to eat and drink at the Brabazon Restaurant, serving delicious hot and cold food and scrummy cake!
After your pit stop for food, head over to the On Screen Cars exhibition. Showing currently: Del Boy’s Reliant Van, Mr Bean’s Mini and a flying Ford Anglia from Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets.
The World of Top Gear is the perfect place to get up close to the all the cars that have been battered and bruised over the many series of Top Gear – you can also watch clips of that exact episode in relation to the car! You cannot help but leave the exhibition thinking just how much they did over the series and where they travelled to!
To give your feet a little rest, hop onto the Monorail. Exploring Beaulieu could not be easier!! A mile-long, the Monorail at Beaulieu is the oldest in England. You can see the beautiful grounds and gardens and also fly through the top of the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu – you also have a commentary telling you all about the stories behind the features you will see. You can hop off at the Palace House and Gardens or you can stay on and head back to the World of Top Gear and continue your exploration to National Motor Museum, Beaulieu!
What an incredible Museum it is! Ranging from the earliest motor carriages (the oldest dating to 1875) you will ever see to the modern classics – it has one of the finest collections of motoring memorabilia in the world and you can now understand why! With 285 vehicles on show you can learn about the history and stories behind each car and be taken on a journey to the present day!
Be taken on a car, a Formula 1, a 1903s rustic garage, a motorcycle and a British Land Speed journey. There is nothing that Beaulieu Motor Museum does not cover! There are lots of activities to do when walking around, for example a VR simulator where you are racing around the track but your seat is in mid-air and if your car turns left or right on the screen, your seat will fly in the same direction! Only £2 a go and is lots of fun!
You can also visit the Wheels ride where you can climb into a pod (2 people per pod) and be taken on a fascinating audio-visual journey through the history of motoring – right from the very early ages to what future cars are going to look like!
On your visit, you must take time to explore the glorious grounds and gardens that Beaulieu has to offer. The Wilderness Garden dates back to the 1770s and if you visit in March/April (like we did!) you will see the blankets of snowdrops, daffodils and Bluebells – a truly beautiful place. You can step off the central path and head on the Mill Pond Walk which encompasses views across the Beaulieu River. The Victorian Kitchen Garden which still supplies Palace House with the vegetables, fruit and flowers! Herbaceous borders and the smells of the roses, a trip to the Victoria Flower Garden is a must. A truly delightful part of the attraction
As you are at the other end of National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, you will be at Palace House – and my, what a beautiful place to be!! Costumed characters will greet you on your way in and share with you fascinating history and facts of the building and the family! It has been the Montagu family’s home since 1538. It is a true gem of English History and Palace House if one of the Treasure Houses of England (a collection of ten of the most impressive stately homes, palaces and castles open to the public).
You can then either hop back on the monorail to take you back to the entrance or you can take a gentle stroll back up the path to your car.