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Portsmouth - Beaulieu & the New Forest (half or full day)

The Village of Beaulieu (pronounced ‘Bewlea’) is the quintessential English village. Nestling alongside the Beaulieu River, near to Palace House, it has been the home of the Montagu family since 1538. Most of the Village forms part of the 7000 acre Beaulieu Estate.

Formerly the 14th century Great Gatehouse of Beaulieu Abbey, Palace House is set in glorious grounds and gardens with immaculate spreading lawns and walkways overlooking the Beaulieu River. The House has been in Lord Montagu's family ownership since 1538, when Sir Thomas Wrothesley, later 1st Earl of Southampton, bought the Estate after the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Your visit is made all the more fascinating by the Victorian characters that you will come across in the rooms and grounds during your visit. Stop and ask them about their life, job, clothes and more!

Also visit the lovely Beaulieu Abbey - founded in 1204 by Cistercian monks on land given to them by King John. Although much was destroyed at the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries during the reign of Henry VIII, there is still much for visitors to see today and your guide will be pleased to share her knowledge with you.

The Village itself centres around the High Street, with its red brick terraced houses consisting of homes and businesses. There is a Post Office, Primary School and Village Hall as well as an active Parish Church. Enjoy some free time in The Village with its varied and interesting shops that are perfect for finding a high quality gift or momento of your visit.

Finally, enjoy a relaxing scenic drive through the Forest and through the pretty town of Lyndhurst en route back into Southampton to your awaiting ship.

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Tours in Portsmouth

Maritime Portsmouth
Beaulieu & the New Forest
Fishbourne Roman Palace

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