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Buckland Abbey

Address: Yelverton, Dartmoor National Park PL20 6EY, England
Phone Number: +44 1822 853607
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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Yelverton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks

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Santiago, Chile
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Really beautiful place. You can feel the history weight as you strooll by. Didn't have enough time to go through the walks on the estate, but must be wonderful based on the closest gardens. In summary it's just very interesting + beautiful place to be. Peaceful.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

great place all year but now with xmas decs up its fantastic, i love the roof in the great barn and the abbey now house, will be back in the spring :-)

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55 reviews 55 reviews
26 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We visited Buckland Abbey as we had received a free voucher from Cider House bed & breakfast, situated next to the main site (if you're looking for a hotel in this area, I would highly recommend the Cider House). The abbey itself was very impressive & all staff seemed to genuinely be very passionate about their jobs & answered any... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I had a lovely homemade beef cobbler stew served with extra vegetables. The only trouble was, it was so filling I could'nt eat it all! I then had a slice (good size also!) of christmas cake which tasted as good as it looked! Well worth another visit I think.

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50 attraction reviews
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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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42 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 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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79 reviews 79 reviews
19 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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