Advantages Seeing Donald Cambells Bluebird wow!!
Disadvantages Very expensive family tickets only recommended to die hard Petrolheads
I have visited Beaulieu a few times and much has changed over the years!My very first visit to Beaulieu Motor Museum was 30 plus years ago while on holiday with my parents as a youngster.I have vague memories of the visit,especially the incredible Land Speed World Record breaking cars stand out in my mind. Donald Cambells 1960s Bluebird looked like nothing else on earth and the much older 1920s Golden Arrow of Henry Seagrave is a wonder.Were these guys incredibly brave or just stupid?
First of all I expected to see the place unchanged since our last visit 12 years ago,oh dear,first big shock was the price of the entry.Adults £17 each, Child 5-12 £8.75 ,Youth 13-17 £10,OAP £16 and family tickets are £46.50! Ouch!!Paying using GIFT AID saves Beaulieu at least 25p in the £1 and it will allow you unlimited return visits for the next 12 months.Thats OK ,but if you live miles away you would not bother visiting this again.Opening times are 10am-5pm 27th Sept-28th May & 10am-6pm 29th May to 26th Sept.
These are general entry tickets that allow full access to Museum,Palace,gardens and Abbey ruins etc.You can not visit just the Motor Museum at a discount but you may get a cheaper ticket to visit Palace and Abbey only.Also included is access to the "shed" type building that houses a few exhibits and photos of the Wartime Beaulieu when it was a secret training camp for spies,the SOE.An interesting touch,but not alot to see and takes 5 minutes to look around.They could have done more with this to make it more interesting.Not far from the main entrance is a modern,clean and bright cafe/restuarant opposite the entrance to the old Motor Museum building.Above our heads is a monorail system that links up the Palace House/Abbey to the main entrance/Motor Museum area.Its free,gives an interesting view of the attractions,only a few minutes ride but saves your legs!
We decided to have a coffee and a sandwich as it was midday,prices were typically on the expensive side but the quality was good.
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