Donkeys, cows and ponies stroll around the historic narrow streets of Beaulieu village, best known for the National Motor Museum and Palace House, home to the Montagu family. You will see many of the buildings around the village bear the Montagu family crest of three red diamonds.
Beaulieu as a filming location
Please contact the Film:New Forest office for information or advice on any of these locations.
Example locations include:
An idyllic 16th-century village high street where the donkeys and New Forest ponies roam freely. There are charming boutique shops and galleries adorning the little cobbled high street which overlooks Beaulieu River.
From the high street, there is a beautiful walk through the woodland and riverside that takes you to Buckler’s Hard where the scenery echoes a ‘Wind in the Willows’ feel.
Beaulieu River and marina
The Beaulieu River is one of the few privately owned rivers in the world and has been under the custodianship of the Montagu family for over four centuries.
Centrally located on the Solent, the Beaulieu River forms the south eastern edge of the Beaulieu Estate. Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour offers 115 berths, over 300 moorings and a boat park with slipway.
The river benefits from a double tide, and a secondary high water. The flood tide takes six hours coming in; then, after a gentle fall, there is a second high tide some two hours later followed by a period of slack water for about an hour. Then the ebb sets in, and low water is reached in just two and a half hours
The river has doubled as Miami river in The Infiltrator and also featured in Howards Way and A Man For All Seasons.
National Motor Museum
Part of the Beaulieu Estate, the National Motor Museum has a wide array of historic and famous cars, a monorail, the historic Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey and stunning gardens.
The museum is a regular feature on TV, most recently Salvage Hunters.
Buckler’s Hard is situated on the Beaulieu River and is a historic 18th century shipbuilding village with Georgian cottages in keeping with the period. The onsite maritime museum tells the story of the village and the ships it built.
There is direct access to the marina and Buckler’s Hard located next to The Master Builder’s House Hotel, who can offer accommodation, meeting rooms and catering.
New Forest Activities
An outdoor activities centre specialising in canoeing, kayaking, archery and more. Based within the Beaulieu Estate, the staff can assist with filming shots on the river (with prior approval).
Aerial 360 degree fully interactive panorama of Beaulieu
The map takes two forms, once you click on the link below, you will be taken to an aerial map which you can zoom in and out of.
However, if you click the red circles located generally in the high street area you will be taken to a 360 degree panorama, and if you have a VR headset you can enter VR mode for a fully interactive experience.
The buttons on the bottom left and right of the map will help you navigate the different modes.
The images were taken between February and March 2022.
Map of Beaulieu
Location accessibility (to major roads, motorways, rail links and airports)
40 minutes from Junction 2 M27
Southampton airport 21 miles/Bournemouth airport 25 miles
Lymington minor injuries unit 10 miles
Southampton General Hospital 14 miles
Nearest train station is Brockenhurst which is a main station on the London Waterloo to Poole/Weymouth line
Parking in New Forest District Council owned car park
There is room for coaches & lorries in the Motor Museum car park with prior agreement
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