More than 800 years old, Beaulieu Abbey is a must-see for anyone interested in Britain's once-powerful medieval monasteries. Fortunately, it is well within reach of plenty of hotels in Southampton and the vast New Forest National Park. From value-for-money bed and breakfast establishments to top-of-the-range luxury hotels like the Balmer Lawn Hotel in Brockenhurst, there's plenty of fantastic accommodation for you to choose from in and around Beaulieu.
History of Beaulieu Abbey
This former Cistercian abbey dates back to the turn of the 13th Century and was, for more than three centuries, one of the most influential monastic centres in southern England. Like other English monasteries, it was dissolved when King Henry VIII ordered the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century, when much of the architecture was destroyed. However, much of the original building still survives, and Beaulieu is regularly open to visitors.
What to See
See the majestic Palace House, which was built after the Dissolution and was built for the 1st Earl of Southampton, Thomas Wriothesley. The abbey forms part of the picturesque village of Beaulieu itself, which celebrated the popular Beaulieu Jazz Festival between 1956 and 1961. It's the home of the National Motor Museum, which was founded in 1952 and has many fascinating exhibits illustrating Britain's profound contribution to motor vehicles.
Free WiFi in Hotels near Beaulieu Abbey
Easily research upcoming local events, and check your train times and opening times for local restaurants with your hotel WiFi network. Almost all accommodation near Beaulieu Abbey now provides this service in all rooms, and high-end venues also offer high-speed internet connections in all public areas.
Other Places to Visit Nearby
Visit the historic city of Southampton, less than a half-hour drive from Beaulieu Abbey, and spend some time at its superb City Art Gallery and the Solent Sky aviation exhibition. This city is also home to the Grade II-Listed Mayflower Theatre, one of the leading cultural attractions in the region, organising plenty of top-notch West End shows all year round. For some recreational time, explore the endless natural trails of the New Forest and see its numerous deer, donkeys and ponies.