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Buckland Abbey- National Trust

Buckland Abbey
PL20 6EY

Tel: 01822 853607

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Standard Prices
£14.00 Adult
£7.00 Child
£35.00 Family
£21.00 Family One Adult
Free for Under 5’s (whole property)

Gift Aid options available

About us

When you visit Buckland, you follow over 700 years of footsteps; from the Cistercians who built the Abbey and farmed the estate, to seafarers Grenville and Drake who changed the shape of the house and the fate of the country.

The Abbey is part museum, part house, and filled with treasures such as the legendary Drake’s Drum. There’s no mistaking the magnificence of the Great Barn, which has remained virtually unchanged since it was built all those centuries ago.

You’ll discover meadows, orchards and woodlands where you can enjoy far-reaching views of the Tavy Valley. Our way-marked trails are a riot of colour through the seasons, with an unmissable carpet of bluebells in spring.

At the cider house, herbaceous borders provide seasonal interest and a secret ‘wild’ garden is a wonderful place for quiet contemplation (or a game of hide and seek).

Find your favourite spot and you’ll want to come back to Buckland time and again

Winter weekend prices apply to November 2022, January and February 2023 when the walks, gardens, cafe and shop only are open on Saturdays and Sundays.

Full price tickets apply to the December Christmas opening which includes the Abbey and Great Barn in addition to the outdoors.

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  • Gift Shop


  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users - Designated disabled parking spaces and buggy service operating daily • Adapted toilet next to main toilets • Abbey is on steep slopes with some uneven paths • Ramped main entrance. Ground floor is accessible by wheelchair - stairs to other floors. 119 steps on normal visitor route
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors - Wheelchair access to the bottom floor of the abbey only. Use of tramper hire available to access the yellow route on the estate. please call the abbey for more details.
  • Facilities for Disabled Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted - For conservation and wildlife reasons only assistance dogs allowed; other dogs may be exercised in our car park.
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access - Ramp access to the Great Barn and the bottom floor of the Abbey only. Ramp access to the shop, visitor welcome and the restaurant
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors - Adapted toilet next to main toilets.

Attraction Facilities

  • Childrens Play Area
  • Dogs on Lead Only
  • Plant Sales
  • Shop
  • Tea Rooms


  • On-Site café/restaurant - serving freshly cooked local produce. The restaurant is also available for private function.
  • Picnic Site

Children & Infants

  • Facilities for children - Children's quiz/trail and family activities including a letterbox trail and self-guided estate walks

Establishment Features

  • Cater for groups
  • Coach drop-off point
  • Conference facilities - Use of the school room to host parties, meetings etc. Please contact the abbey for more details.
  • Dog Friendly - Dogs allowed on all the estate walks. No dogs allowed in the formal gardens.
  • Dogs-Accepted - Dogs welcome on all the estate walks. Dogs not allowed in the formal gardens and need to be on a lead around Visitor welcome, the shop and ox yard.
  • On-site Restaurant/Cafe
  • Picnic Area
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages - Printed guides in French, German and Dutch
  • Shop
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets

Key Features

  • Approx length of visit - Lots to do here at the abbey from estate walks, having tea and cake in the restaurant and visiting the abbey itself.
  • Families
  • Groups
  • In countryside - Follow the four waymarked paths, varying in length from 1 mile to 3 miles, and you will be taken through fields now used by our tenant farmer for grazing to the wooded valley leading to the river Tavy below.
  • Indoor Attraction - As you wander through Buckland Abbey, you will discover a wealth of fascinating tales, amazing architecture and over eight centuries of history.
  • Max group size - Groups and coach parties welcomed to visit with designated coach parking.
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest - Founded in 1278, Buckland Abbey was the last of the Cistercian monasteries to be built in medieval England and Wales. For over 250 years, the monks who farmed the vast estate lived in the peaceful solitude of the Tavy valley. The Dissolution of the Monasteries saw Buckland sold to Sir Roger Grenville, who began to modify the abbey into a house and home, and later it was sold again to privateer Sir Francis Drake, the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe.
  • Outdoor Attraction - There are so many ways to enjoy the ancient Buckland estate, which features far reaching views and way marked walks for all abilities. Here you can discover more about following a trail, letting off steam in the play area or simply soaking up the peace and tranquillity. Dogs are welcome on miles of footpaths around the estate.

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • Coach Parking
  • Free Car Parking
  • On Bus Route - Bus route from Yelverton (with connections from Plymouth train station) running from mon-sat.
  • On-Site Coach Parking
  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • All major credit cards accepted
  • Contactless payment accepted

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • Dutch printed material
  • French printed material
  • German printed material

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards senior citizens

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted - Buckland is a fantastic place for an educational visit. Whether it's Tudor history, Sir Francis Drake and his seafaring adventures, geography, art or even the outdoors, your visit can be tailored to the topic you are studying.
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups - Please contact the abbey if you would like to book a guided tour with group bookings.
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals - Please contact the abbey if you would like to book a guide for an individual tour.

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available - Group discount based on 15 or more attending. Please contact the abbey for updated price list. Educational Group Membership available - please contact the abbey for further details on school bookings.
  • Room/unit allocations available - School rooms can be booked and hired out, please contact the abbey for further information.

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted - Coach and group parties welcomed.


Map & Directions

Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year

* 10:00 – 17:00 daily, last entry 4pm


Saturday, 4th May 2024 - Sunday, 2nd June 2024

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Saturday, 15th June 2024 - Sunday, 16th June 2024

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