Discovery, tranquillity and history – an ancient gem in the Tavy Valley landscape.
The cider house and main abbey gardens and the estate walks at Buckland Abbey are open; you’ll need to book tickets online or by calling 0344 249 1895 by 3pm the day before your visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. We'll be releasing tickets every Friday. Please note we’ll be turning people away who arrive and haven't booked. We're looking forward to welcoming you back.
Buckland Abbey Buckland Monachorum, Yelverton PL20 6EY
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Devon Gardens Trust Cistercian abbey, founded 1278.
At the Dissolution Sir Richard Grenville was granted the ’farm of the site with orchards, gardens, meadows etc.’ Sir Francis Drake bought the property in 1581 and it remained in his family until 1946. Now National Trust. Drake hired a gardener to prune the fruit trees and cider was regularly produced. The fruit trees were sufficiently well known for William Marshall to note in 1769 that ’One of the orchards of Buckland Priory is said to be the oldest in the country, and this is spoken of as being about two hundred years old. Nevertheless, this orchard is still fully stocked and in full bearing.’ White (1850) noted that it was ‘a neat mansion, with tasteful grounds.’ Specimen trees include two magnolias, a Western Himalayan, Himalayan Pine, Mahonia lomariifolia, Actinidia kolomikta and Eucryphia. A flight of steps leads to a herb garden in box-edged beds. The general effect is of a noble building in its setting of sloping lawns, surrounded by a rich assembly of exotic shrubs and woodland. Access to the public during the summer season.
Countryside Mobility Nestling in the Tavy Valley, Buckland Abbey and estate offer visitors historical memorabilia and exhibitions, charming traditional gardens, peace and tranquillity, and fantastic views across Devon and Cornwall.
Tramper users can enjoy a circular route around the estate that takes in a cross-section of the Dartmoor landscape, including farm and woodland. With an abundance of wildlife and planting to admire, there is something for everyone to enjoy along this beautiful path.
The car park is on the hillside above the main property. A buggy is provided, free of charge, to transport visitors to the entrance who might otherwise have difficulties walking down the hill and steps.
A donation of £2.50 per hour is invited for those using the Tramper. An entrance fee applies to all visitors (except National Trust members). There is no car parking fee.
Historic England Buckland Abbey was one of the last Cistercian houses to be founded in England and it was also the most westerly. The Great Barn is one of the largest medieval barns remaining in the country. The presence of quarries from which stone was derived for the construction of the abbey is also an unusual feature. The abbey was converted into an Elizabethan mansion by Sir Richard Grenville and subsequently became the home of Sir Francis Drake, two important figures in the history of Elizabethan England who have acquired an heroic and legendry national identity. Drake also has international historical connections. Grenville's adaptation of the abbey church into a dwelling, rather than the more usual adaptation of part of a claustral range, is of interest. In particular, the conversion of the presbytery, the most sacred part of the abbey, into a serving area between the hall and kitchens, demonstrates an aggressive invasion of the secular into a sacred space which gives an insight into the emergence and growth of rationalism and sectarianism following the Reformation, and Grenville's understanding and interpretation of these trends in thought.
Wikipedia Buckland Abbey is a Grade I listed 700-year-old house in Buckland Monachorum, near Yelverton, Devon, England, noted for its connection with Sir Richard Grenville the Younger and Sir Francis Drake. It is owned by the National Trust.