Beaulieu is in the heart of the New Forest National Park, not far from Southampton, Bournemouth, Winchester, Salisbury and Portsmouth. Here are a few pieces of handy travel advice to help you get here, whether that be by car, bike, bus or ferry!
Please note: Starting on Monday 15 October, Hampshire Highways are carrying out essential resurfacing works on Palace Lane from the Hatchet Lane Junction to Beaulieu Sluice Bridge, which may cause significant delays. The work is expected to last for five days. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Beaulieu's postcode for your satnav is SO42 7ZN or take Junction 2 of the M27 and follow the brown and white tourist signs to Beaulieu and our visitor entrance.
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You can park your car for free in our designated car parks which can hold up to 1,000 cars. We also have overflow car parks for busy event days. There is a separate car park for disabled visitors, near to Visitor Reception.
Visitors driving motorhomes or towing caravans can park their vehicles in the coach park. There are no height restrictions entering or leaving the site.
Need to charge your electric car? 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. To access 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.
Be animal aware! The New Forest National Park is home to some amazing animals and we share the roads with horses, donkeys and more. Please read the National Park Authority's advice for New Forest Drivers and drive carefully on your way to Beaulieu.
The New Forest is a great area to explore by bike. For further information, including details of cycle hire operators, visit the Cycling in the New Forest website.
by public transport
Travel by train, ferry or bus for all or part of your journey to Beaulieu and we'll reward you with 20% off our standard admission. Simply present your travel tickets on arrival, valid on the day of your visit, to claim your discount. Please note this cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, including discounted advance online tickets, family tickets, or on major event days.
New Forest Tour (7 July - 9 September)
The New Forest Tour's Green Route links Beaulieu with Hythe Ferry (for Southampton), Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst (rail station) and Lymington. Tickets are valid all day on all routes and you can hop on and off wherever you like. For timetables and ticket information visit New Forest Tour.
Wilts & Dorset (Tues, Thurs, Sat)
Wilts & Dorset buses have a limited service between Hythe and Lymington which only runs on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. It drops visitors either at the Museum entrance or in Beaulieu village depending upon the route. Please phone 0845 0727 093 – the Wilts & Dorset advisors will help plan your route. (0830-1700 Mon - Fri) or visit morebus.co.uk
The London to Weymouth train passes regularly through Brockenhurst, which is the closest main line station to Beaulieu. There is a taxi rank at the station and the cost of a journey to Beaulieu by taxi is approx £20. Alternatively, why not hire a bike and cycle the seven miles through the New Forest to Beaulieu? Cycle hire details can be found on the New Forest National Park cycle hire information website.
Take the Hythe Ferry across Southampton Water to Hythe, then the 5 mile bus ride to Beaulieu. Alternatively take the Isle of Wight ferry to Lymington and take a bus to Beaulieu.
Where to stay
There's a range of accommodation available within the New Forest. Visit our Places to Stay page for more details.