The gardens at Buckfast Abbey offer a haven of tranquillity, enhanced by a sustainable, organic and chemical-free approach.
There are four distinct areas: The Sensory Garden, with its fragrant and soothing plants; The Physic Garden featuring some of the herbs used by the monks hundreds of years ago for medicinal purposes; the RHS award-winning Millennium Garden, celebrating Buckfast Abbey’s landmark anniversary in 2018; The Lavender Garden with more then 100 English varieties, a sensory delight, particularly in the summer months when the plants are smothered with butterflies and bees.
Thousands of spring bulbs have been planted for 2020 and, later in the year, large areas of the grounds will be a blaze of colour from wildflowers sown for the first time.
Throughout the year, the garden team offer a diverse programme of events – from talks to workshops and behind the scenes tours. Private events can also be arranged.
Remember to take a break from the gardens and enjoy a delicious cream tea in the Grange Restaurant.
There are garden talks, tours and workshops throughout the year. For details please check the website www.buckfast.org.uk/whats-on
Map & Directions
Buckfast Abbey is 0.5 miles from the A38 Devon Expressway, midway between Exeter and Plymouth.
Public Transport Directions
By Rail The nearest stations are Newton Abbot and Totnes, both only 20 minutes drive from the Abbey.
By Bus The local bus service, Stagecoach number 88, operates from Newton Abbot and Totnes to Buckfast. There is also a coach service between Exeter and Plymouth which stops in Buckfastleigh. The Abbey is a half-mile walk.