Beaulieu National Motor Museum

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    Beaulieu National Motor Museum

    Located in the New Forest, Beaulieu National Motor Museum is an award winning day out. The National Motor Museum is home to a number of attractions including a collection of over 250 stunning vehicles from every motoring era. The diverse range of attractions offers something for everyone. Your entrance ticket includes access to all of the attractions.

    Visitors to Beaulieu National Motor Museum can also explore Palace House, home of the Montagu family since 1538 and see the 13th century Beaulieu Abbey, once home to the Cistercian monks.

     

     

    The Vehicles

    Beaulieu National Motor Museum is home to a collection of over 250 stunning vehicles. The collection ranges from the earliest motor carriages to classic family saloons. The Beaulieu National Motor Museum boasts one of the finest collections of cars, motorcycles and motoring memorabilia in the world. With the oldest dating from 1875, the National Motor Museum Trust possesses a collection of 285 vehicles. The vehicles tell the story of motoring on the roads and circuits of Britain, from pioneering origins to the present day. The stylish, the elegant, the fast, the famous and the plain functional are all on show.

     

    Driving Change – The Evolution of the Motorcar

    Newly added for 2016, explore the evolution of the motorcar in an exciting new display in the Beaulieu National Motor Museum. Discover how engines work, learn about car safety and discover how automotive technology has developed since the dawn of motoring. find out where technology might take us in the future and learn how innovations have changed what goes on underneath the bonnet of your favourite vehicles.

    Push a button to hear the Beaulieu crash test dummy talk about the development of car safety.
    Discover automotive design secrets in the design and construction exhibition.

     

    A Chequered History

    View the history of F1 of as enter the adrenaline-fueled world of motorsport in Grand Prix Greats. Road, Race & Rally focuses on sports cars from rallying, hill-climbing, and the consumer market.

     




     

    Jack Tucker’s Garage

    Jack Tucker’s Garage is a 1930s garage, packed full of artefacts, fixtures, fittings, tools and ephemera from a bygone age.

     

    The Motorcycle Story

    See motorcycles displayed within their historical and cultural context, ranging from the early days of motorsport to urban counter-culture.

     

    Wheels

    Wheels is a family friendly ride which takes you on a journey through the history of motoring.

     

    For Britain and For The Hell of It

    Experience the triumph of British Land Speed record attempts in an inspiring multi-media display.

     

    World of Top Gear

    Enter ‘World of Top Gear’, featuring actual vehicles created by presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May for some of their most ambitious challenges on the BBC TV show over the years and experience the Top Gear ‘Enormodrome’ which is an excellent recreation of the BBC Top Gear studio.

     

    On Screen Cars

    The car’s the star in this ever changing exhibition of TV and film favourites.
    Current exhibits include:
    * Del Boy’s Reliant Van
    * Mr Bean’s Mini
    * The Jaguar XKR from the Bond film Die Another Day
    * The `flying` Ford Anglia from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
    * The last Cadillac Elvis Presley bought for his own use

     

    Beaulieu National Motor Museum - Mr Beans Mini
    Beaulieu National Motor Museum – Mr Beans Mini

     

    The Monorail

    The Monorail at Beaulieu National Motor Museum was opened by Terry Wogan and the Wombles in 1974. The high-level, mile-long monorail is the oldest in England and will take you on a sedate circuit of the attraction. The ride offers great views of the Grounds and Gardens before passing right through the Beaulieu National Motor Museum. The onboard commentary recounts the stories behind the many interesting features you will see. There is a North and South station, with the Monorail running frequently between the two.

     

    Child Friendly Attractions

    There are a number of attractions to entertain families visiting with children, highlights include the Driving School and Playground. Older children may also enjoy The World of Top Gear and the On Screen Cars exhibition where they can see the likes of Mr Bean’s Mini and The `flying` Ford Anglia from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The main car collection includes a few vehicles that children may recognise, with one of the most famous being Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

     

    Veteran Bus

    The Veteran Bus makes regular journeys between the Brabazon Restaurant and Palace House. The replica 1912 open-topped London bus invites you to climb aboard for a gentle and nostalgic ride through the grounds between the two on-site bus stops.

     

    Beaulieu National Motor Museum - Veteran Bus
    Beaulieu National Motor Museum – Veteran Bus

     

    Secret Army Exhibition

    Uncover Beaulieu’s history as a top secret training establishment for special agents of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during World War Two. Over 3,000 SOE agents were trained in the dark arts of warfare at Beaulieu before undertaking daring and dangerous missions behind enemy lines.

     

    Palace House

    Palace House was once the gatehouse of the medieval Beaulieu Abbey, home of the Montagu family home since 1538. The house is in an idyllic New Forest setting, overlooking the picturesque Beaulieu River millpond. Palace House was remodelled and extended during the 1800’s and is now a fine example of a Victorian country house. Wander around the inside of the house adorned with family treasures, portraits, and memorabilia.

     

    Beaulieu National Motor Museum - Palace House
    Beaulieu National Motor Museum – Palace House

     

    Bealieu Abbey

    This once thriving Cistercian Abbey was destroyed on the orders of King Henry VIII in 1538 having been founded by King John three centuries before. Owing to the efforts of the Montagu family, distant relations of these former kings, the now tranquil Abbey is a conserved ruin where generations of visitors have contemplated the devout simplicity of monastic life, the achievements of its medieval builders and doubtless mourned its destruction.

    Beaulieu National Motor Museum was last modified: April 19th, 2017 by Dan
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    1. Dan Post authorBeaulieu National Motor Museum
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      We enjoyed our day out at the Beaulieu National Motor Museum. Some of the attractions were a bit dated and the ticket prices were quite high but there was lots to do in addition to the car collection.

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