River cruises operate from the jetty at the bottom of Buckler’s Hard’s High Street from Easter until the end of October and are discounted if booked in advance in conjunction with Buckler’s Hard admission. Buckler's Hard is a place for relaxation as well as exploration. Within the heart of the New Forest, the Beaulieu River and a few miles upstream the 18th-century shipbuilding village of Buckler’s Hard occupies a superb location surrounded by oak woodland within the Beaulieu Estate. If you wish include lunch at an 18th Century Inn. Stroll along the pathways beside, or between Easter and October join the River Cruise which transports you on a tranquil journey along the River, revealing the abundant wildlife that inhabits its riverbanks. This brought back memories of a school trip after we had taken our O’ Levels. Bucklers Hard Step back in time on the banks of the Beaulieu River at the peaceful haven of Buckler's Hard. Cruise the local river, visit the Maritime Museum, and enjoy a trip through the New Forest. There's lots to see along the route, nice boats, houses, wildlife/birdlife. We went up river from Bucklers Hard on the slack water then picniced at Beaulieu and went back on the ebbing tide which was great. You can even head out on a boat trip up the river if you so wish. It is one of those magical trips that you will want to repeat again and again. Buckler's Hard. Buckler's Hard: River Cruise - See 1,789 traveller reviews, 544 candid photos, and great deals for Beaulieu, UK, at Tripadvisor. 28,094 were here. Thank you for your review. The museum at Buckler’s Hard is of a reasonable size, with a number of model ships and artefacts from the vessels built there, as well as traditional shipbuilding instruments. Explore the Georgian village, cottages, and boatyard where Nelson’s favourite ship was built. Discover what it was like to live and work in an 18th century shipbuilding village, home to the ships built for Nelson's fleet at Trafalgar. 18th Century shipbuilding village near Beaulieu in the New Forest The cruises run regularly throughout the day and a later cruise is also added on during August. The River Cruise will be operating from Easter – October and we hope you will be back soon to take a tranquil cruise down the Beaulieu River. The 18th century maritime village of Buckler's Hard sits on the western bank of the Beaulieu River, a couple of miles south of Beaulieu village, and is a pleasant place to while away a couple of hours while learning about the important role that Buckler's Hard played in Britain's shipbuilding history. A visit to Beaulieu and the motor museum, then a boat trip to Buckler’s Hard and then back to Southampton and a few rides on the dodgems at the fun fair. It’s great to know that the January weather didn’t dampen your spirit, and you still managed to make the most of the stunning views throughout Buckler’s Hard. Hardly any effort to paddle. Tour Bucklers Hard. I don’t remember there being a museum at Buckler’s Hard – if there was one in 1975 we didn’t visit it.