From Saturday 6th June 2020, the doors to the Beaulieu visitor attraction will be reopened and visitors will be invited to explore the grounds and gardens including, for a limited time only, areas of Lord Montagu’s private gardens surrounding Palace House.
Whilst indoor spaces including the National Motor Museum, Palace House, World of Top Gear and the Abbey exhibition must remain closed in line with Government guidance, visitors will be able to explore the formal Victorian flower and vegetable gardens, the Mill Pond walk, the serene cloister of the Beaulieu Abbey and for the first time walk through the ample parkland, normally only used for major events. A visit to Beaulieu wouldn’t be complete without the opportunity to see some beautiful vehicles from the National Motor Museum, so a handful will be on display near to the Palace House garages for visitors to see.
The Beaulieu Estate team have been busy during the ten week closure to ensure the grounds and gardens are in the best possible condition. Two new tree carvings have been completed on the Mill Pond Walk, together with the renovation of a Victorian ice house.
Visitors will be able to download a map that guides them on their visit with key points of interest highlighted with commentary written by Lord Montagu.
Lord Montagu said “I expect that many of our visitors will have been to Beaulieu before but probably not just to enjoy the grounds and gardens. Whilst our collections and buildings tell fascinating stories, the grounds and gardens have tales to tell too. In writing the guide to ‘Outdoors Beaulieu’, I have taken the opportunity to share some personal perspectives and memories of the place in which I grew up, and is still very much my home.”
To ensure the safety and enjoyment of visitors, capacity will be limited to 500 each day, assisted with the introduction of a new booking system to allow visitors to book their preferred date and arrival time. Beaulieu has also developed a Visitor Safety Promise to reassure visitors of the steps they are taking to help them feel safe during their day out.
A Beaulieu Grounds and Gardens admission ticket will cost only £9.50 for adults, £5.00 for children and £26.00 for a family of 2 adults and up to 3 children. Tickets can be pre-booked here.