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Buckland Abbey

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Address: Yelverton, Dartmoor National Park PL20 6EY, England
Phone Number: +44 1822 853607
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Steeped in history

What an amazing place. Set on a relatively steep incline, wheelchair access to the main areas is still possible. The surrounding gardens, walks, tithe barn and abbey are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

What an amazing place. Set on a relatively steep incline, wheelchair access to the main areas is still possible. The surrounding gardens, walks, tithe barn and abbey are certainly worth a visit. The abbey, once owned by Sir Frances Drake has been turned into a family home following it's monastic origins. The recently accredited self portrait of Rembrandt wearing a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Buckland Abbey has it all--history (it started life as a Cistercian Abbey and eventually became the home of Sir Francis Drake), an authentic Rembrandt self-portrait on display, and lovely grounds. Since it was lambing season we saw many just-born lambs in the nearby fields. The gardens are well defined and maintained.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

A great National Trust site to visit! Many of the exhibitions are interactive so a lot of things for families and little ones to enjoy, a lot of things for a big group of PGCE students to enjoy too! Exhibition set up so you could see aspects of medieval life- where a Monk would sit, how they would make cloth,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The highlight here is the great barn; almost comparable to a church in size and a masterpiece of medieval architecture, it is only a shame it didn't have a few more labels. The house, whilst interesting, is a strange mix between museum and furnished house, with areas not necessarily flowing well, despite both sections being interesting. Not the best Trust... More 

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Outstanding gem in the Devon countryside. For those with an interest in Sir Francis Drake the house is well worth a visit The surrounding grounds are picturesque and well maintained. There is the usual shop, facilities and restaurant that goes with a National Trust run site plus there is a Discovery Centre to tell you as little more about the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

Great way to learn about some British history while on holiday ! Very well preserved and organised !

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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

So much to do at Buckland Abbey..especially with children! highly recommend a visit here! Just seeing the Rembrandt was amazing! So much open space and beautiful gardens..perfect for a picnic!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

A lovely visit here at the home of Sir Francis Drake. Lots to learn about him and the lovely abbey to explore. Brass Rubbing and dress up for kids. Free to National Trust members otherwise £10.50 for adults.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015 via mobile

We visited here on a wet afternoon so it wasn't the best time. A great welcome from the NT staff/volunteers but there wasn't a short guide to the route/rooms, which some of the other NTs have recently introduced. Interesting to see how the abbey has changed into a home. Not good enough weather to explore the gardens. The cafe was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

A lot to see at Buckland Abbey, we learnt a lot about Sir Francis Drake. Good walks, liked the kitchen garden and Cider House garden. We lunch in the restaurant which was delicious.

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