Yasmin Giannini aged 11 years
Taking a family trip to the New Forest? Then a day at the Beaulieu Motor Museum is a MUST! Mum & dad took us there and I was unsure what to expect! A few minutes within the doors of the mighty experience totally changed my mind though.
For starters, this is much more than a museum. Personally I’d call it an interactive hub of fun. Whether you’re into cars and motors, I promise you’ll love this place. From the second we walked through the turnstile it was like walking into another world. A giant mono-rail whizzed above our heads (we all wanted to go on immediately!), however the temptation of checking out the Top Gear Zone was too much to bear; we had to go there first. Wow, it’s like walking through the entire history of the Top Gear programme. The actual on-screen cars are all there, in real life, for you to touch and wonder over. It’s like meeting car celebrities, it’s amazing. Plus there’s the Top Gear Experience, which is a cinema ‘bubble’ taking you through an on-screen journey of the programme from start to finish.
What was unexpected was to find at this museum were the most famous cars of all time…yet they were there! Elvis Presley’s car, the car from Harry Potter, Only Fools & Horses and even James Bond – they’re all there.
The main focus of the museum is the enormous historical motor section, which takes you on a chronological journey of the first ever wheeled carts and bicycles (yep, there’s even a penny farthing). Within this zone you’ll find the first ever cars invented and right through to the fastest cars on the planet including F1 sports cars and the whizzing Bluebird which has surpassed the world speed record for being the fastest car ever (it’s MASSIVE – you have to see it!)
If world record holders are your thing, then you’ll be delighted by the latest addition to the museum which is the world’s biggest Lego Caravan. Cute!! Made completely out of Lego, the detail is amazing and inside you’ll even find a vase of Lego flowers, Lego milk and they’ve even squeezed in a Lego sink. It’s totally mind-boggling and a million light-years away from the lego creations I’ve made at home.
Now it’s time to hop on this awesome mono-rail and zap round to Palace House. It sits in the grounds of Beaulieu and has been the Montagu family home since 1538. We spent ages exploring this incredible house and meeting the old butler and kitchen staff there. It was great to actually go into the Victorian kitchen where they were making special meals which would have been brought up to the grand dining room when the Montagu family were entertaining important guests. The tables were laid, the fires were ready to be lit and the house staff were on hand to answer questions, it was as if we were all being transported back to historical days gone by.
Next time you’re staying or passing through the New Forest region, beg your parents to give you a grand day out at Beaulieu. It’s indeed worth the trip! For more information visit: https://www.beaulieu.co.uk
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