Tour the New Forest & Buckler’s Hard
The New Forest, named by the Romans is steeped in history. From the creation of royal hunting grounds, the murder of a king, the building of an abbey, right through to the training of Churchill’s secret army and D-Day the New Forest has it all.
This tour will take you through some of the most beautiful parts of the New Forest down to Bucklers Hard. On the way stop by Lyndhurst the capital of the forest and home to the Verderers Court! The “real” Alice from Lewis Carroll’s famous book lived here and is buried in the local church. We continue south to the working hamlet of Georgian cottages running down to the river and part of the 9000-acre Beaulieu Estate, Bucklers Hard.
It was the site of a shipyard that built ships for Nelson’s navy. Three ships that fought at the battle of Trafalgar were built here.
More recently it was a base for the building of motor torpedo boats and landing craft for the Normandy invasion in World War Two.
Learn about the tragic sinking of the SS Persia, or the history behind the worlds first machine gun.
If it’s sailing that interests you, then there’s Gypsy Moth IV and Sir Francis Chichester. The first person to sail single-handed around the world
You can take a cruise along the river, wander the museum or perhaps take time to dine or drink at the 18th century Master Builders house on the riverbank.