Our tailored tours offer an extra element to your day at Beaulieu, depending on your area of interest; they are designed to inform and to entertain.
National Motor Museum Tours
The Story of Speed* - 1 hour
Discover the quest for speed and man’s desire to be the fastest person on land. Get up close to famous World Land Speed Record Breaking cars, including Donald Campbell’s famous ‘Bluebird’. Hear about the progress of technology and the bravery of the men who continue to challenge the boundaries. Tours can accommodate a maximum of 20 people.
To the Chequered Flag* - 1 hour
Join a fascinating tour of motor racing history, from its inception in the early 1900s, with vehicles such as the iconic 1903 ‘Gordon Bennet’ Napier, through to Graham Hill’s Lotus 49 and more modern twenty-first century F1 cars.
Tours can accommodate a maximum of 20 people.
Motorcycle Mania* - 1 hour
New for 2014 is a dedicated tour of the Motorcycle Gallery. The display shows the evolution from bicycles during the second half of the 19th century through to production motorcycles and illustrates teen culture in the 'mods' and 'rockers' era.
This tour is available from Easter 2014.
*Please note that these tours must be booked with at least 4 weeks notice.
Explore the Gardens with one of Beaulieu’s Gardening Team
Beaulieu has extensive gardens to explore including the fragrant Victorian Flower Garden, the informal Wilderness Garden dating back to the 1770s, and the Victorian Ornamental Vegetable Kitchen Garden. Discover the gardens throughout the seasons with one of Beaulieu’s Gardening Team on the following tour:
Explore Beaulieu’s Gardens with Ruben Moore - 1 hour
Join the Victorian gardener, Ruben Moore, as he tends the Kitchen Garden during the summer months. Accompany him on a tour of the garden and hear how, over a century ago, the team of ten gardeners grew food for the Montagu family residing in Palace House. This tour is available throughout the summer.
Please note that the maturity of some of the plants is subject to seasonal variation.
This tour can accommodate a maximum of 30 people.
Victorian Kitchen Talk - 45 minutes
Join the Victorian Kitchen Maid and learn about her daily tasks in the Palace House kitchen. The Victorian household hours were long and the work physically demanding as staff prepared the popular dishes of the day for the Montagu family and their guests.
This tour can accommodate a maximum of 20 people.
The Women of Beaulieu
The following tours can accommodate a maximum of 20 people.
Lady Mary Montagu-Stuart-Wortley - 1 hour
Join Lady Mary Montagu-Stuart-Wortley, a famous poet and wit of her time. Hear of her role in bringing the first smallpox vaccination to England and her scandalous relationship with the satirist, Alexander Pope.
Lady Isabella Montagu - 1 hour
Lady Isabella Montagu, an eccentric character, was the granddaughter of Sarah Churchill, the Duchess of Marlborough. Hear the story of her life and ill fated loves as she shows you around Palace House, a place she will never leave ...
Covert Operations - 1 hour
During World War II men and women from the European Resistance trained in utmost secrecy at Beaulieu. These members of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) were then 'dropped' back into occupied territory to disrupt the German forces. Learn about the role of 'agents', gain an insight into the sabotage and subversion methods taught and the missions launched from 'The Beaulieu Finishing School'. Incorporates a visit to the Secret Army Exhibition at Beaulieu.
Falconry - 1 hour
Set in the historic and atmospheric Cloisters of 13th century Beaulieu Abbey, meet the hunting birds that would have flown across these ancient walls hundreds of years ago. See the elegant and still, much prized, Peregrine Falcon, the fastest bird in the sky and from the largest of the owl family meet European Owl, Amber, who can stalk her prey effectively, relying on stealth alone. Listen to the fascinating stories of these amazing birds from your presenter, Paul Manning. Learn about their history, their strengths and weaknesses and even the words in common use today, whose origins stem from this most ancient of sports. Finally, you will have a unique opportunity to watch these beautiful birds in flight, from a closer vantage point than many have the privilege to experience.
Dates: Every day from Wednesday 7th May 2014 through to Friday 11th July, and Wednesday 3rd to Sunday 28th September 2014. (Subject to availability).
Vineyard Tour (seasonal - April to October) - 1 hour
Learn the history of how grapes have been grown at Beaulieu since medieval times. Walk through the vineyard and learn techniques of vine growing before enjoying a tasting in the open air. Please note that the ground is uneven and appropriate clothing and footwear should be worn. There are no lavatory facilities during this tour.
During inclement weather, talks and tastings take place indoors with the option to accompany the tour guide around the vines afterwards.
Tour subject to a minimum charge of £100.
Christmas Palace House Soirées - 1 hour
To bring seasonal cheer to a pre-Christmas visit in November and December by joining the Palace House Soirée. Palace House has an especially ‘country house’ atmosphere at this time of year and includes a glass of homemade fruit punch on arrival followed by an old-time sing song around the piano in the Drawing Room of Palace House. A seasonal menu is also available for meals in the Brabazon during November and December.