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 Wriothesley, 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
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.
Few car museums in the world can match the unique collection
of the world renowned National Motor Museum at Beaulieu:
with a collection of some 250 vehicles; from the earliest
examples of motoring, to the legendary world record
breakers such as Bluebird and Golden Arrow. Enthusiasts
may visit at their leisure during the tour.
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 memento of your visit. Beaulieu
has a number of eateries available for guests to lunch
at their leisure.
Later this afternoon return to Southampton and your