Thursday, 3 September 2015

Beaulieu National Motor Museum

My hubbie had been as a child and remembered the place fondly so he was keen for the boys to visit when we were holidaying in the area.  We were very unlucky with the weather, it was torrential, so bad that roofs were leaking and sand bags were deployed.  But remarkably we still had an enjoyable visit; the staff were all incredibly friendly and when we had a respite from the rain everything quickly resumed so we did not feel like we missed out on anything.

It cost £48 (if booked in advance) for our family of 4; we also spent an extra £10 (normally £12 but you get some vouchers off with your entrance ticket so do not forget to use them if you decide to try it) on the Top Gear Simulator.  The boys seemed to like it but I was not that impressed.  I think perhaps its because I have been on more sophisticated ones in the past, so I was a tad disappointed!  It was not quite thrilling enough of me.  Aside from that though I would whole-heartedly recommend a visit to Beaulieu generally.

It’s great that lots of the attractions are undercover, so you do get some protection from the rain (well not quite so much in the Beaulieu Abbey which sprung a leak!!!).  The Top Gear presentation was very funny and well worth watching.  I really do like Top Gear so the World of Top Gear exhibition was a must for fans of the show and my children were intrigued by the more unusual creations to be found there.

It is quite a vast attraction so its great having the option to travel on the monorail or open top veteran bus as much as you like to rest those weary legs.  Both forms of transport make for an interesting way to see the sights – the monorail actually goes through the Motor Museum.

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We liked the falconry presentation it was very informative and wonderful seeing the magnificent bird of prey in flight. 

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We all liked watching the Victorian Family Playset - the family chauffeur was giving a driving lesson to one of the ladies of the country house.  Afterwards any who wanted could have a chance to sit in the car for a picture, fortunately we did not have to accompany her on the next "lesson".

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I am glad we have been to Beaulieu after hubbie felt so nostalgic about the place – my boys have their own good memories from their visit now.

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3 comments:

  1. I loved going there as a child, and it's somewhere we'd love to take Monkey as and when we are staying in the area. Looks like you had a great time despite the weather.

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  2. My stepsons would love this museum, I think even I who doesn't really like cars would too! Love that satsuma car!

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