Beaulieu Estate

Type:Historic House / Palace

John Montagu Building, Beaulieu, SO42 7ZN

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Thomas Wriothesley, who later became the 1st Earl of Southampton, acquired the estate at the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries when he was Lord Chancellor to Henry Vlll.
Palace House, overlooking the Beaulieu River, was once the Great Gatehouse of Beaulieu Abbey with its monastic origins reflected in the fan vaulted ceilings of the 14th century Dining Hall and Lower Drawing Room. The rooms are decorated with furnishings, portraits and treasures collected by past and present generations of the family. Visitors can enjoy the fine gardens or take a riverside walk around the Monks' Mill Pond.
Beaulieu Abbey was founded in 1204 when King John gave the land to the Cistercians and although most of the buildings have now been destroyed, much of the beauty and interest remains. The former Monks' Refectory is now the local parish church and the Domus, which houses an exhibition and video presentation of monastic life, is home to beautiful wall hangings.
Beaulieu also houses the world famous National Motor Museum which traces the story of motoring from 1894 to the present day. 250 vehicles are on display including legendary world record breakers plus veteran, vintage and classic cars and motorcycles.
The modern Beaulieu is very much a family destination with many free and unlimited rides on a transportation theme to be enjoyed, including a mile long, high-level monorail and replica 1912 London open-topped bus.
When visiting Beaulieu arrangements can be made to view the Estate's vineyards. Visits can be arranged with Beaulieu Estate Office.


Road Directions

M27 to Junction 2, A326, B3054, follow brown signs.

Public Transport Directions

Take the local bus service within the New Forest.

Local station at Brockenhurst 7m away.



  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors - 3 sets of disabled toilets across the site.
  • Wheelchairs available - Wheelchairs available in visitor reception, prior booking required.


  • Café
  • Food shop - Palace House Kitchen Shop
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Restaurant

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Dogs on Lead Only - Admitted into grounds only. Must be on a lead.
  • Event venue
  • Gift shop
  • Licenced for Weddings & Civil Partnerships - See
  • Meeting rooms
  • Open all year
  • Toilets
  • Wedding Venue

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking
  • Parking

Target Markets

  • Cyclists Welcome - cycle route through the estate

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided tours
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals


Opening Times

* Gardens and grounds open. Advance booking required. Please see for further information.


  • Other Awards Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme 2017
  • Other Awards Hudsons Heritage Awards - HIghly Commended 2017
  • Other Awards Hudsons Heritage Awards - Winner 2017
  • Visit England VistEngland VAQAS 2017
  • Other AwardsU.K. Heritage Awards - Winner U.K. Heritage Awards - Winner 2018

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