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Frequently asked questions

We've answered some of your most frequently asked questions to help you plan your visit to Beaulieu.

What time do you open?

We are open daily from 10am (except Christmas day). We close at 5pm during the winter months and 6pm during the summer months. Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time.

When is last admission?

Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time. We close at 5pm during the winter months and 6pm during the summer months.

How long does it take to look around?

We recommend at least half a day (4-5 hours) but people often stay longer! Don’t forget, you can come back for free within six days of your initial visit if you can’t fit it all in to one day. Please note the Return For Free is not issued or accepted at Beaulieu's major events, including the Spring Autojumble, Supercar Weekend, International Autojumble or the Firework Spectacular.

What is there for kids to do?

Find out how Beaulieu delights its younger visitors here. There’s even more going on at Beaulieu during the school holidays click here for details.

What vehicles do you have on display?

You can see a full list of vehicles on the National Motor Museum Trust website. At certain times the vehicles on display may change. If there is a particular vehicle you wish to view please contact us on 01590 614541 before your visit to check it is on display.

Is Beaulieu just for motoring enthusiasts?

Beaulieu is much more than a motor museum – we are also home to Palace House, Grounds & Gardens, Beaulieu Abbey and the Secret Army Exhibition. Plus, your ticket includes unlimited rides on the Monorail and Veteran Bus.

How much are tickets?

One ticket grants access to all Beaulieu attractions. To see our current ticket prices click here.

What does the entry price include?

We offer an inclusive ticket, which includes admission to the National Motor Museum, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey and Exhibition, World of Top Gear, The Secret Army Exhibition, and On Screen Cars. Your ticket also includes unlimited rides on the Monorail and Veteran Bus and the opportunity to revisit free of charge within six days of your initial visit.  Find out more here.

There are good value additional charges for the Go Karts (seasonal - please check availability) the Top Gear Simulator and other coin-operated entertainments.

How many people does a family ticket include?

A family ticket covers either:

  • 2 adults and up to 3 children/youths (ages 5-16 inclusive)
  • 1 adult and up to 4 children/youths (ages 5-16 inclusive)
Do you offer a concession for disabled visitors and their carers?

Yes. Please click here to see our concessionary rates.

What do you accept as proof of disability?

We accept Compass cards, Gateway cards, letters from Disability Support Services, Personal Independence Payment letters, appropriate Travel/Leisure cards, and blue badges. If you don't have any of the above, please check with us before your visit.

Do you offer any discount or voucher codes?

There are no discount voucher codes available – but we do offer discounted Beaulieu tickets on this website. It is cheapest to buy online in advance, although these tickets are not valid on the day of purchase. You can save 10% on tickets bought at admission today by downloading a personalised voucher. For more information, click here.

I’ve purchased Beaulieu Attraction tickets online but don’t have a printer. What should I do?

If you are unable to print your ticket, please make a note of the booking reference and present to the admission team on arrival. Alternatively you can present your e-ticket at visitor reception on your digital device.

Please be aware that due to our rural location, phone signal can be variable. We recommend taking a screen shot of your e-ticket before arrival.

I’d like to download a personalised 10% discount voucher but don’t have a printer. What should I do?

You can present your voucher at visitor reception on your digital device.

Please note that due to our rural location, phone signal at Beaulieu can be variable. We recommend taking a screen shot of your voucher before arrival.

How does the Return for Free work?

We recognise that it can be difficult to see all of the Beaulieu attraction in one day, so we offer visitors with a Beaulieu attraction admission ticket the opportunity to come back for free within six days of their initial visit.  Visitors need to collect their pass from the Museum Information Desk or Visitor Reception before leaving the attraction.

Please note that the Return For Free pass is not accepted on Beaulieu’s major event days, including the Spring Autojumble, Supercar Weekend, International Autojumble or the Firework Spectacular.

Please note that the Return For Free pass is only available for visitors with a full attraction ticket or an equivalently priced event ticket.

I’ve lost my annual gift aid ticket. What should I do?

We can re-issue your gift aid pass at a cost of £20 per pass. Please note we require seven days notice for production of duplicate passes. Please call 01590 612345 for more information.

Where can I stay in the New Forest?

Please visit our Places to Stay page for more information.

What is your post code?

SO42 7ZN

Can I travel to Beaulieu using public transport?

There are various public transport options for getting to Beaulieu. For more information click here.

If you travel by train, ferry or bus for all or part of your journey to Beaulieu we'll reward you with 20% off our standard admission. Click here for details.

Is there a car parking charge?

No, we offer free car parking in our large visitor car parks.

Do you have disabled car parking?

Yes, the disabled car park is located next to Visitor Reception. If the disabled car park is full, please park in the coach park opposite.

Can I park my motor home/caravan in the car park?

Yes, visitors driving motor homes or towing caravans can park their vehicles in the coach park. Please note there is no overnight camping. Visit the Caravan and Motorhome Club website to find a site located nearby.

Do you have electric car charging points?

Thanks to generous funding by the Sustainable Transport Solutions Fund we have three electric car charging posts available for visitors to use, free of charge.

Either use your own card or borrow one from Visitor Reception (for a small deposit). We have several 7-pin and one 13amp 3 pin connections available.

Visitors will need their own charging cable.

Can I return to my car during the day?

Pass out stamps can be obtained from Visitor Reception to allow you to return to your car during the day. You must have a valid stamp to gain re-entry to Beaulieu.

Is Beaulieu wheelchair friendly?

Pathways suitable for wheelchairs join all the sites within the Beaulieu attraction, however, some of the garden and riverside paths are constructed of hoggin and/or gravel. Please note that both rallies and events held in the Beaulieu Parkland are staged on grass, generally accessible from gravel or hoggin roadways. We offer free use of manual wheelchairs and electric scooters. It is advisable to book these in advance by calling 01590 614646 between 9:30am - 5:00pm. Please note that to ensure the safety of visitors, the use of personal customised mobility vehicles is at our discretion.

The National Motor Museum has three floor levels with access available to all through ramps and lifts.

The lower level of Palace House is accessible to wheelchair users but unfortunately due to the historic nature of the property there is no lift to the upper floor. There is however a visual guide to the upstairs rooms and staff will be happy to show you this on your visit. Please note that unfortunately we are unable to accommodate pushchairs in Palace House and they will need to be left outside.

If you are leaving a wheelchair unattended, please ensure that it does not obstruct pathways or busy areas. More detailed advice for visitors with wheelchairs is provided on arrival. If you have any queries in advance of your visit please call us on 01590 612345.

Can I hire a wheelchair?

Yes, we offer free use of manual wheelchairs and electric scooters. We recommend you book these in advance by calling 01590 614646 between 9:30am - 5:00pm.

Is it easy to get around with a pushchair or pram?

All of the attractions within Beaulieu are joined by paths which are suitable for pushchairs, but please be aware that some of the garden and riverside paths are constructed of hoggin or gravel. Many rallies and events held in the Beaulieu grounds are staged on grass, generally accessible from gravel or hoggin roadways.

National Motor Museum: The National Motor Museum has three level floors with access available through ramps and lifts.

Palace House: Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate pushchairs in Palace House and we ask that they be left outside.

Rides and Drives: To enjoy a ride on the Monorail, Veteran Bus or Wheels, you will need to hold your child. A member of staff will be happy to advise you where you can leave your pushchair or pram.

If you leave a pushchair or pram unattended, please make sure it does not obstruct pathways or busy areas.

Can I bring a picnic?

Yes, there are many places to picnic within Beaulieu’s picturesque parkland. Picnic tables are provided as well as an undercover area for all-weather dining.

Can I bring a BBQ?

Unfortunately we don't allow barbecues in the Beaulieu complex.

Can I bring my dog?

Please note, dogs are not permitted on the Christmas at Beaulieu trail. Only guide dogs and registered assistance dogs are permitted.

Dogs are welcomed at Beaulieu and are permitted within the grounds, but for the benefit of other visitors we do require that they be kept on a lead and under control at all times. Owners are also asked to ensure that no mess is left within the grounds where it will be offensive to others. We provide scoops for disposal of mess free of charge.  These are available from Visitor Reception.

We regret that we do not allow dogs inside the National Motor Museum, Palace House, Abbey, Brabazon Restaurant, World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, the Secret Army Exhibition, or on any of the rides. Please note that there is a special area available beneath the Motor Museum entrance where your dog may be left whilst you visit the Motor Museum. Please note this is not a supervised area and owners leave their dogs at their own risk.

We wish to respectfully remind visitors that the RSPCA advise against leaving dogs and other animals in cars. However, if you consider that weather conditions permit you to do so, please ensure that there is adequate ventilation at all times, while still maintaining your vehicle's security. Pass-outs are available from Visitor Reception allowing you to check, at any time during your visit, that your dog is not in any distress.

Can I fly a drone at Beaulieu?

No. We do not allow drones over the Beaulieu site without prior consent from the events team.

Do you offer driving experiences?

Unfortunately because many of the vehicles in the motor museum are of historical significance or privately owned we are unable to offer any 'extras' such as birthday or anniversary rides.

I’d like help with motoring research / I’d like to donate a vehicle

Please contact The National Motor Museum Trust for more information.

Do you make charitable donations and if so how are applications made?

We are pleased to consider donation requests from charities and good causes within our local area. Please click here to find out more.

Do you offer work experience?

Beaulieu accepts a very limited number of work experience students each year. Please contact us on workexperience@beaulieu.co.uk.

How do you pronounce Beaulieu?

Beaulieu is pronounced "Bew-lee"

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