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Nestled in a tranquil haven on the edge of Dartmoor and along the banks of the River Dart, Buckfast Abbey – the only English medieval monastery to have been restored and used again for its original purpose – offers all the ingredients for a great trip whether visiting the area on holiday or just looking for an inspiring day out. Founded in 1018, the Abbey will celebrate its millennium in 2018.
Located in the beautiful Devon countryside, just a 30-minute drive from Plymouth and Exeter, the Abbey Church and grounds are free to enter and benefit from ample free parking.
The Abbey Church is located at the centre of the grounds at Buckfast Abbey. Standing on the original medieval foundations, the Abbey Church was rebuilt at the start of the 20th Century by a small number of monks between 1906-1937.
Visitors can take a leisurely stroll around the fascinating physic and sensory gardens – the latter of which is based on designs for medieval pleasure gardens and is intended to stimulate the senses of sight, smell, hearing and touch – before discovering the 100 varieties of lavender in the lavender garden.
A visit to Buckfast Abbey would not be complete without lunch or afternoon tea at The Grange Restaurant. Open from 10am every day, a mouthwatering array awaits from freshly baked pastries, homemade cakes and delicious lunches, all made on the premises using fresh, locally sourced ingredients where possible. All this can be enjoyed while surveying the delights of the Abbey Church and surrounding gardens from the glass-covered terrace.
Another treat is a visit to the Monastic Shop, which sells a collection of gifts produced by convents and monasteries throughout Europe and the Book Shop is one of the largest religious and spiritual book shops in the South West. There is something for everyone in the Gift Shop, which sells a wide variety of gifts, from a delicious selection of country wines, biscuits, fudge and preserves produced in the West Country.
Soon to celebrate its 1,000-year anniversary, Buckfast Abbey is home to a community of Benedictine monks. Founded by King Canute, the Abbey fell into ruin after the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539 and centuries later it was rebuilt on its original foundations.
- Groups Accepted - Services sometimes restrict access to the church.
- Indoor Attraction
- Of historic, literary or architectural interest
- All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
- Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - call for details
- Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Raised signs and braille map.
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
- Ramp/Level Access
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
Parking & Transport
- Parking (free)
- On-Site café/restaurant - Licensed tea rooms, serving lunches, teas and light refreshments; closed 24, 25 Dec and Good Friday.
- Euros accepted
- Max group size - 40
- Min group size - 5
- Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
- Visa accepted - and other major credit cards
- Business facilities (eg. Fax/ modem)
- Conference facilities
- Printed Material in Foreign Languages
Printed Material in Foreign Languages
- French printed material
- German printed material
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Guided Tours Available for Groups
Map & Directions
Buckfast Abbey is only half a mile from the A38 Devon Expressway, midway between Exeter and Plymouth.
Public Transport Directions
Bus 88 stops outside the abbey.
|Buckfast Abbey (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)|