Beaulieu, home of the National Motor Museum, has reopened its grounds and gardens to visitors and for a limited time only, people will also be able to access areas of Lord Montagu’s private gardens surrounding Palace House too.
Indoor spaces such as the NMM, Palace House, World of Top Gear and the Abbey exhibition remain closed in line with Government guidance. However there is much to discover in the grounds of Beaulieu, such as the formal Victorian flower and vegetable gardens, the Mill Pond walk, the serene cloister of the Beaulieu Abbey and for the first time walk through the ample parkland, normally only used for major events.
Plus, classic vehicle lovers won't be disappointed as a number of vehicles from the collection at the museum will be on display near to the Palace House garages for visitors to see.
The Beaulieu Estate team have been hard at work ensuring the grounds and gardens are in the best possible condition. Two new tree carvings have been completed on the Mill Pond Walk, together with the renovation of a Victorian ice house. Visitors will be able to download a map that guides them on their visit with key points of interest highlighted with commentary written by Lord Montagu.
Lord Montagu said “I expect that many of our visitors will have been to Beaulieu before but probably not just to enjoy the grounds and gardens. Whilst our collections and buildings tell fascinating stories, the grounds and gardens have tales to tell too. In writing the guide to ‘Outdoors Beaulieu’, I have taken the opportunity to share some personal perspectives and memories of the place in which I grew up, and is still very much my home.”
To ensure the safety and enjoyment of visitors, capacity will be limited to 500 each day, assisted with the introduction of a new booking system to allow visitors to book their preferred date and arrival time. Beaulieu has also developed a Visitor Safety Promise to reassure visitors of the steps they are taking to help them feel safe during their day out.
A Beaulieu Grounds and Gardens admission ticket will cost only £9.50 for adults, £5.00 for children and £26.00 for a family of 2 adults and up to 3 children. Tickets can be purchased via the Beaulieu website.