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The Beaulieu attraction grounds and gardens are now open to visitors. Pre-book tickets here.

Secret Army Exhibition

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Discover SOE Agent tools of the trade

Uncover Beaulieu’s history as a top secret training establishment for special agents of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during World War Two.

Our indoor spaces remain closed until 17 May, subject to Government guidance, however visitors can now visit our grounds and gardens. Find out more here.

Over 3,000 SOE agents were trained in the dark arts of warfare at Beaulieu before undertaking daring and dangerous missions behind enemy lines.


The Secret Army Exhibition will introduce you to the special agents who answered Winston Churchill’s call to `set Europe ablaze`, join the SOE and work with resistance groups in enemy occupied countries. All were heroes. Many would never return, whilst others faced capture and suffered torture at the hands of the Nazis and their allies.


Find out how they trained, what they learned at Beaulieu and how their gallant actions helped ensure Allied victory in World War Two. Real stories of incredible exploits, artefacts and photographs shine a light on this clandestine `finishing school` for SOE agents.

Planning your day?

To help you make the most of your visit, we've put together some suggested itineraries with hints and tips to help you plan your day out at Beaulieu.

I couldn't leave without visiting the Secret Army exhibition which gave an insight into the world of the S.O.E.s.

  • Tripadvisor Review
  • February 2020

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