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Beaulieu Town Information

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The Beaulieu River at Beaulieu - Photo © Robin Somes
The Beaulieu River at Beaulieu - Photo: Robin Somes CCL

A small, atmospheric town on the banks of the Beaulieu River, Beaulieu is best known as the home of the National Motor Museum and the adjoining Beaulieu Abbey. The abbey was built by King John as an act of contrition for ordering the deaths of a group of monks. It was largely destroyed by Henry VIII. The surviving gatehouse eventually became the home of Lord Montagu who founded the motor museum in the 1950s in honour of his father, a motoring pioneer. The museum has more than 250 vehicles, including vintage cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles. Among its star attractions are ‘Bluebird’ and a Formula 1 racing car. Nearby Beaulieu Heath is a rambler’s paradise.