Buckler's Hard

Buckler's Hard

May 18, 2009 05:00 ET

Buckler's Hard Expects Record Numbers This Summer

HAMPSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - May 18, 2009) -

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Buckler's Hard, one of the south's most visited tourist attractions, is set on the banks of the Beaulieu River, in the heart of the New Forest National Park in Hampshire. Although the current credit crunch is still hitting hard this popular attraction is expecting record numbers this summer.

Beaulieu press officer, Margaret Rowles, said: "An increasing number of holiday makers are expected to stay in the UK this year as an alternative to costly overseas travel, with the New Forest a particularly popular destination. With river cruises, woodland walks and a Maritime Museum, a visit to the 18th century village of Buckler's Hard is a perfect choice to keep both young and old entertained this summer."

Buckler's Hard, set within the Beaulieu Estate, was originally named 'Montagu Town' by John 2nd Duke of Montagu. It was developed as a thriving ship-building village where warships for Nelson's Navy were built, three of which served in the battle of Trafalgar. In more recent times the village played a significant role in the construction of segments of the Mulberry Harbour which were towed across to the Normandy coast for the D-Day landings.

The Maritime Museum and Buckler's Hard Story give an insight into the history of the village and the river on which it stands. A new exhibition, The SS Persia Story, tells the fascinating story of the P&O liner, SS Persia, its links with Rolls Royce and the Montagu family, and its sinking by a German U-Boat during World War I. Following the world's deepest salvage operation of its type, several of the ship's artefacts, entombed for nearly 100 years, are on display for the first time.

New for 2009 is the Woodland Walk, allowing visitors to follow a delightful riverside trail and discover how the local timber at Buckler's Hard was used in the 18th and 19th centuries to construct ships for the British Navy.

Visitors can take a tranquil boat cruise along the beautiful Beaulieu River with a commentary revealing the history of the river and the abundant wildlife that inhabits its riverbanks.

After a great day out, visitors can enjoy a spot of lunch or light refreshment on the terrace of the Captain's Cabin Tea Rooms or the Yachtsman's Bar of the newly refurbished Master Builder's House Hotel. This famous hotel was originally the home of Henry Adams and his sons, who were Master Builders of ships for Nelson's Navy.

Lord Montagu's daughter, Mary Montagu-Scott, said: "Buckler's Hard is a magnificent place to visit, with so much to see and do. There's something for everyone to enjoy and is a fabulous day out for one and all."

The New Forest itself is also gearing up for a busy summer with record numbers of visitors over the various recent Bank Holidays. The New Forest District Council's tourism destination manager, Anthony Climpson, said: "We are already enjoying a bumper year and have long considered Buckler's Hard one of our very best days out. The setting couldn’t be more stunning or more far away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. It really is a wonderful place to visit with something to engage everybody from Grandparents to the kids."

Buckler's Hard is also great for educational visits. The helpful staff at Buckler's Hard will help develop a programme that is full of fun and learning and geared to the particular needs of a group.

You can enjoy Buckler's Hard all year round with a great value annual pass. Visit as many times as you like within a year for just 10 Pounds Sterling.

While visiting the New Forest another great attraction to visit is Beaulieu, home of the National Motor Museum, in the New Forest which recently unveiled the Jaguar Jamboree - an exhibition which tells the story of the Jaguar marque, starting with one of the earliest examples, the Austin Seven Swallow, continuing with cars including the iconic XK120, through to the new Jaguar XF.

Other highlights at Beaulieu include Wheels - a space age pod that takes you on a journey through motoring history. Ride on the high level Monorail or climb aboard the replica 1912 open top London bus for a fun way to see the sights. Budding drivers can get in the driving seat on the Mini Car Driving Circuit.

Other top attractions include Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey and the magnificent Beaulieu Gardens.

If you would like further information or have any questions please contact Buckler's Hard on 01590 616203 or click here.

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