This riverside attraction, where maritime history can be explored at a gentle pace, offers a relaxed family day out
A former ship-building village on the River Beaulieu in the New Forest. Attractions include a maritime museum telling the story of warships built for Nelson’s navy and other moments in seafaring history, from the sinking of SS Persia by a German U-boat to Sir Francis Chichester’s circumnavigation of the globe in Gipsy Moth IV. Costumed volunteers are on hand to answer questions and enthuse children with, say, a game of coits or explain how families lived in the Shipwright’s Cottage. In summer hop on a boat for a cruise up the river (extra charge).