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Buckland Abbey

Yelverton, Yelverton, Dartmoor National Park PL20 6EY, England
44 1822 853607
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Ranked #1 of 8 attractions in Yelverton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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English first
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I use a wheelchair and some of the paths are not suitable, I couldn't go to the upper part of the house as there is no lift. Alright for an hour, the soup was lovely.

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Jez M, General Manager at Buckland Abbey, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for your comments, I'm sorry that you were a little dissapointed with your visit, but I can understand why. Certainly the topography of our site does not make us particualry wheelchair freindly, it's certainly a challenge. What we do do is ensure that we always have a buggy avaiable run by one of our super helpful... More

Plymouth, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We had a lovely afternoon with family going round abbey and gardens. Lunch of hot dogs and sandwiches really nice and the staff so helpful.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Having said small I should mention that the Great Barn is anything but small! Lovely NT property full of interest, not least the Rembrandt self portrait, newly discovered to be by him rather than 'school of'. Nice little exhibition and also good for children on the top floor as it reconstructs what it was like to be on Drake's ship.... More

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Dawlish, England, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

A lovely place to visit. We saw the Rembrandt painting, Drake's drum and many other rooms including the small chapel. In the courtyard area, there are a few small shops to browse. The tea-room is spacious as well as having outdoor tables to sit at. At the time of our visit, the Great Barn had a vintage weekend event with... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Visited while in the area. As members, it's always worth having a look given that you have free access to the properties. We weren't disappointed. It's rather grand, although there isn't a lot to see inside other than the Drake exhibits and the newly discovered Rembrandt (first time I've seen a famous painting in real life!)

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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41 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We called into Buckland Abbey on the way to our holiday accommodation in Devon and found it to be a very pleasant surprise, a bit different to your average National Trust property.The Abbey is a lovely building and the artefacts in there were really interesting, especially the Rembrandt picture.There is an opportunity to become part of some interactive art there... More

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St John-in-Cornwall, United Kingdom
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21 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Visited here to give our Canadian friends a bit more of an insight into Francis Drake and to see the newly recognised Rembrandt. The first building we entered was the barn and our friends could not believe just how large it was. We moved on into the Abbey and where we visited the Rembrandt room. This exhibit was very well... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

The building dates back centuries. There is lots to see so allow plenty of time. Buggy rides up to the abbey for those with mobility issues. The grounds are fantastic too. Take a picnic because the service in the cafe is appallingly slow.

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Jez M, General Manager at Buckland Abbey, responded to this review

Hi Jessica thank you for your comments, so pleased you enjoyed your visit and that you were happy to award us 4 stars. Yes we're a great place for a pic nic and there are plenty of beautiful spots to enjoy. I hear and accept your comments about speed of service. No excuses, It's not been good enough recently, we're... More

Plymouth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I love national trust properties but for me, this one lacked the spark to make me fall in love with the period. I like to feel as if i could almost slip back into the time period and be living amongst the people, but this was so set up, it was more of a museum than a nice house you... More

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Jez M, General Manager at Buckland Abbey, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments and feedback. You make some very valid points particularly about the museum feel of some of the house. This property does represent a bit of a challenge in how we present it, due to the fire in the 50's where we lost many of the historical rooms. We will continue to develop the presntation of... More

Top Contributor
112 reviews 112 reviews
28 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Had a really interesting day learning about Frances Drake and Tudor history. Very knowlegeable room guides and beautiful gardens and walks on the edge of Dartmoor. The newly discovered self portrait by Remprant was interesting. Pleanty if picnic areas but also the NT food was also delicious.

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