Bucker's Hard cottages in New Forest

Buckler's Hard


Discover the important role that Buckler’s Hard played in Britain’s shipbuilding history. Relax on a River Cruise, wander through the Woodland Walk and explore the Maritime Museum.

Visit the Maritime Museum website

What makes it special

  • See the ancient ship builder's slipway
  • Cruise on the Beaulieu River

Opening Times

Winter (1st October to 5th April) - 10:00 to 16.30

Summer (6th April to 30 September) - 10:00 to 17:00


Adult - £7.50 (advance £6.90)
Senior (60+) - £7.00 (advance £6.40)
Child (5-16) - £5.20 (advance £4.70)
Family * - £21.00 (advance £19.70)
* Family = 1 adult + 4 children or 2 adults + 3 children

Hostels nearby

Buckler's Hard

Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 7XB

Map references

OS Map: 196, and Explorer OL22

OS Grid Ref: SZ409999

Lat/Lng: 50.798088, -1.420783

Contact information

Email: [email protected]

Other things to do nearby



There's lots to enjoy at Beaulieu including the world famous National Motor Museum, Palace House, World of Top Gear and the James Bond Exhibition.


Watersports in Brighstone

Go up to Cowes - the home of UK sailing. From here you can do whatever sailing course you want, you can even sail around the whole island!

Maritime museum

Cowes Maritime Museum

This museum situated in Cowes Library incorporates all aspects of local maritime activity from shipbuilding to sailing.

Horse riding in New Forest

Brockenhurst Riding Stables

Your ride will take you out into the New Forest Country Park to take in the wonderful views and see wild ponies and other animals that live in the forest. Visit the Brockenhurst Riding Stables webs


Cycling in Brighstone

Cycle around the whole island in a day on the Round the Island cycle route. The route is clearly marked and will give you plenty of time to enjoy the stunning scenery that the island has to offer.

Yarmouth Harbour

Yarmouth Harbour

3 miles A lovely seaside harbour, great for boat watching and all things nautical, with cafes and restaurants to while away the day. Visit the website  

Osborne House, ancient black and white photograph

Osborne House

Visit the royal seaside palace where Queen Victoria lived.

Fort Victoria Country Park

Fort Victoria Country Park

One of the best vantage points for watching boats, the park has an aquarium & a reptilarium, history of the Sea museum, model railway, and observatory & planetarium. Visit the Fort's&n

Carisbrooke Castle

Carisbrooke Castle

A wonderfully preserved castle, known as the place where King Charles I was imprisoned. Don't miss the wonderful Princess Beatrice Garden. There are also regular tournaments and jousts, as w

Yarmouth, near Totland Bay Beach

Totland Bay beach

Great for anyone who enjoys a quiet relaxing time on the beach or wants an easy walk along the promenade to Colwell Bay. Visit the website

Headon Warren at sunset, near Totland

Cycling in Totland

There are plenty of good cycle routes marked on the island. Cycle around the island in a day or two or even three or four.


Watersports in Totland

Totland Bay and Freshwater Bay provide surfing, kayaking, paddleboarding and coasteering. Colwell Bay is great for kite surfing and at Compton Bay you can go surfing.

Walking a dog along a coastal path

Walking and Rambling in Totland

The hostel is surrounded by National Trust land and footpaths galore. Footpaths go north to Yarmouth, south to Lord Alfred Tennyson's Monument on the Tennyson Trail, east to Freshwater Bay and west


Walking and Rambling in Brighstone

The Tennyson Downs walk is an amazing walk with great views across the entire island. Watch out for the rare butterfly resident to the Isle of Wight “the Glanville Fritillary”.