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Spies and Soldiers

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Enter the daring realm of spies and soldiers!

Enter the daring realm of World War II spies and soldiers this May half-term!

Welcome to Beaulieu, once the top secret training establishment for Special Operations Executive agents. Test your mettle as a secret agent by heading off across the Beaulieu grounds on your own SOE training mission this May half-term (26th May - 3rd Jun).

Your Mission

The Special Operations Executive are running a training exercise before sending their trainee agents into enemy-occupied France - and they've recruited you to join them!

Blueprint plans for the new Citroen 2CV have been concealed in Palace House and parts of the car have been hidden around the grounds. Your mission? Track down the parts, collect the cryptic symbols and then make a cipher wheel to crack the code...

Track Down hidden car parts

Find all the Citroen 2CV parts and note down the cryptic symbol on each one. Then head back to the mission briefing room to match them back to the secret blueprints.

Make A code-breaking gadget

Can you crack the code? Create your own gadget and decipher the cryptic symbols to find out!

Dress up as a soldier

Try on 1940s clothing in Palace House.

See Wartime vehicles

See a selection of wartime vehicles driving around the grounds and in the National Motor Museum.

Discover the role of falconry during World War II

Meet Lord Montagu's falconer and learn about the role of falconry during World War II.

Visit the Secret Army Exhibition

Discover the true story of Beaulieu's role as a wartime finishing school for special agents in the Secret Army Exhibition.

Solve a puzzle to win prizes

Put your code-cracking skills to the test in the Brabazon Restaurant to solve a fiendish puzzle and be entered into a prize draw. Each day's winner will receive a fun spy or soldier pack.

meet the army cadets

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Army Cadet force will be at Beaulieu from Saturday May 26th- Friday June 1st from 10am-3pm each day.

  • See Army Cadet patrols with wooden rifles
  • Watch them set up survival shelters
  • Test your army skills
  • Join in with leopard crawls under camouflaged nets


Plus even more...

Join us for more special activities on Sunday 27th May & Saturday 2nd June. Psst... pick up a Return For Free pass to come back another day within six days of your first visit for free!

Cameron McAllister


Join author Cameron McAllister to hear book readings from The Tin Snail on Sunday 27th May. Settle down in the National Motor Museum to discover the real-life story of plans for Citroen's 2CV that were hidden from invading forces.

Readings will take place at 11am, 12pm and 2pm.

Forensic investigations in Palace House

Join forensic investigators (Sat 2 June)

Join the real-life experts from the Special Operations Regiment, Royal Military Police on Saturday 2nd June. Learn how to dust for fingerprints, collect evidence and photograph the scene of a crime.

Upgrade to Visit Buckler's Hard & tour HMS Medusa

HMS Medusa

Visit our sister attraction Buckler's Hard from 26th - 29th May to take a tour on board HMS Medusa, which played an important role in the D-Day landings and recently starred in the film Dunkirk.

Ask our visitor reception team to upgrade your Beaulieu ticket before you leave us to save up to 30% on your Buckler's Hard tickets.

For Britain and For The Hell of It Display in the National Motor Museum


All of our Spies and Soldiers activities are included in your general admission ticket, which gives entry to The National Motor Museum, World of Top Gear, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey and more.

Ticket prices & information

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What an amazing place. Beautiful cars, beautiful gardens and incredible history.

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Perfect place to travel back in time!

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