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Buckland Abbey

Yelverton, Dartmoor National Park PL20 6EY, England
44 1822 853607
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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Yelverton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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English first
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113 reviews 113 reviews
40 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Visited this property whilst on holiday in Cornwall. I read the details in my National Trust book and thought this abbey looked promising, I was not disapointed. The abbey was originally inhabited by Cistercian monks who worshipped there and also farmed the land. It was later taken over and converted into the house it is today by Sir Richard Grenville... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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130 reviews 130 reviews
41 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 via mobile

Really enjoyed my visit here and interesting to find out a little more about the history of the house and its previous owners. It was pouring with rain when we arrive so it was nice to be given an umbrella by one of the excellent volunteers so that we did not get too wet on our walk to the house.

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Banbury, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Plenty to interest most visitors here. The novelty of an ancient monastery converted to lavish accommodation at the dissolution and the former home of Francis Drake. Lovely old complex in a wonderful setting, well presented by the National Trust. Helpful staff everywhere, a nice eatery, interesing collection of horse-drawn farm machinery and a feature exhibition of the recently acknowledged and... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

the buildings are lovely, the history well presented, the grounds beautiful and the restaurant fine. If you didn't know about Sir Francis Drake before, then this is the place for you.

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Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
19 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Firstly, do make sure that you catch the short film in the outbuildings, to put the Abbey in its historical context and to outline the life of Francis Drake with its tragic and premature end, so far from home. The Rembrandt self portait is beautifully displayed and it was very illuminating to hear how the painting came to be authenticated.... More

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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014 via mobile

A well presented National Trust property, once the home of Sir Francis Drake. Interesting artefacts from Drakes life and an original Rembrandt self portrait. Attic display good for children to get a flavour of life at sea and to dress up in period costume. Pleasant gardens and surroundings.

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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Facinating historic past including a drum displayed from the exploits of Sir Francis Drake. I also enjoyed the craftshops in the courtyard and lovely gardens.

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Darwin, Australia
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10 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Having mobility issues, these types of properties are not possible for me = however the buggy that is available for transport around was THE best thing ive come across for ages. Not only was i able to get a lift down to the house but they came and got us and took us to the restaurant and then back again... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Wanted to see the Rembrandt that is on view at Buckland Abbey so visited on Sunday with a friend from Switzerland. It was a wonderful experience and there have been many changes since our last visit 8 years ago! The painting is very well presented and much closer than I expected! It is a wonderful place to visit and the... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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90 reviews 90 reviews
39 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Another National trust treasure. An abbey turned into a house made for an interesting combination. Definitely worth a visit.

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