Enhance your visit to Beaulieu in the company of one of our expert tour guides.
Our friendly guides offer a range of tours to suit all interests. With over 800 years of history to be seen, there's plenty to choose from!
The Grand Tour
An in-depth tour taking in the buildings and history of Beaulieu; the Abbey founded in 1204 and Palace House, the intimate family home of the Montagus. History, romance, fact, anecdote, rare artefacts and picturesque buildings combine to inform and enlighten those with a feeling for the romance of times past. (Max group size of 20 people. Approx. 2hrs)
Palace House Tour
Find out about life above and below stairs in the ancestral home of the Montagu family. Learn of its history; from its monastic origins to the present day, and the lives of past generations who have lived and worked here. See exquisite paintings, antique furniture and stunning architecture as you explore a fine example of a Victorian styled country house, now including the late Edward, Lord Montagu's library opened to the public in 2016 and the newly restored Victorian Kitchen. (Max group size of 20 people. Approx. 1hr)
The Abbey Tour
Discover what life was like in the Cistercian Order at Beaulieu Abbey as the monks and lay brothers went about their daily tasks. Find out why the Abbey was founded in the New Forest, how it was built and its importance to the local community for providing food, clothing, sanctuary and even health care. (Max group size of 20 people. Approx. 1hr)
Motoring History Tour
The ultimate tour for those wishing to get to grips with the story of motoring on the roads and circuits of Britain. Hear the stories of motoring pioneers, motor sport champions and land speed record breakers. Enter a garage from the 1930s and wander through a period street scene before exploring our new displays. (Max group size of 20 people. Approx. 1hr)
NEW for 2018: Chief Engineer Tour
With over 40 years' experience as Museum Workshop Engineer, and 28 as Chief Engineer, hear interesting stories associated with the Museum Collection, and get exclusive behind the scenes access to the workshop. Limited availability - book early. (Mon - Fri. Max group size of 20 people. Approx 1.5 hrs)
New for 2018: The Luxury of Motoring
Have a tour of the new Museum display following the development, design and social history of luxury motoring. (Max group size of 20 people. Approx. 1hr)
Hear the history of a selection of key vehicles in the Museum collection, including the 1930 Blower Bentley, 1983 Audi Quattro A2 rally car, 1935 Auburn 851 Speedster, Graham Walker's 1928 Rudge Whitworth and 1981 Volkswagen Golf GTI. (Max group size of 20 people. Approx. 1hr)
Tour through motor racing history, from its inception in the early 1900s, with vehicles such as the iconic 1903 ‘Gordon Bennett’ Napier, through to Graham Hill’s Lotus 49 and more recent F1 cars. (Max group size of 20 people. Approx. 1hr)
THE MOTORCYCLE STORY
From the early days of motor sport to 1960s youth culture, be immersed in a journey through over 100 years of motorcycling history, the human quest for freedom and the desire to win. (Max group size of 20 people. Approx. 1hr)
FOR BRITAIN & FOR THE HELL OF IT
Experience the triumph of British land speed record attempts as we tell a story of British pluck, technological mastery and national pride, in an inspiring tribute to the pioneers of speed. (Max group size of 20 people. Approx. 1hr)
THE VICTORIAN KITCHEN
Meet the Victorian Cook, Mrs Hale, in the newly restored Palace House Victorian Kitchen, and hear stories of long hours and hard work in the kitchens, from where the organisation of the Victorian household revolved. (Max group size of 20 people. Approx. 1hr)
THE VINEYARD TOUR
Grapes have been grown at Beaulieu since medieval times. Between April and October, take a guided tour of the vineyard and find out how the vines are grown, before sampling the wine they produce. (Must be booked 3 months in advance. No toilet facilities. Appropriate footwear must be worn as ground is uneven. Approx. 45 mins)
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