The Beaulieu River at Beaulieu - Photo:
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.