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The Buckler's Hard is a popular maritime museum that is adjacent to the scenic Beaulieu River in the beautiful New Forest National Park. It's just a short drive from a great selection of both top-of-the-range and budget friendly Hampshire hotels, and has been voted as one of the '101 Things To Do Before You Go Abroad' by the tourism board Visit England.
With the Buckler's Hard Story, you can find out how this community evolved into a flourishing ship-building community, observe a replica of a timber-framed workshop, and discover how families would have lived here in Georgian times.
Book a New Forest Tour and explore its breath-taking landscapes and scenic communities such as Beaulieu and Ashurst. The tour, which had been running for 10 years by 2014, typically operates every hour during the warmer months. The New Forest is acclaimed for Palace House in the charming village of Beaulieu, which dates back to medieval times and is close to the National Motor Museum and Beaulieu Abbey.
Wherever you stay near Buckler's Hard, you'll benefit from good quality bedding and furnishings. Most hotels now provide in-room WiFi access, and many also offer tea and coffee-making facilities and en-suite bathrooms so you can enjoy even more privacy during your stay.
More luxurious hotels often provide fully equipped spas and fitness centres with personal trainers so if you really can't break the gym-bunny habit for a few days you can always stay on top of your fitness schedule! Some also have spacious conference centres that are ideal for corporate functions and other special events, and contain all the latest state-of-the-art technology.
Southampton, a strategic port since medieval times, is home to two universities and is the location of the Tudor House and Garden, one of England's best-preserved 15th century landmarks. Southampton is also the home of the historic Mayflower Theatre and the Guildhall entertainment complex, and is very close to the Itchen Valley Country Park, a vast 440-acre recreational space near the outskirts of the city that has won a Green Flag award and has numerous well-marked walking and cycling routes.