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“Shining in the spring sunshine.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Buckfast Abbey

Buckfast Abbey
Buckfastleigh, Plymouth TQ11 0EE, England
+44 1364 645500
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Ranked #9 of 269 things to do in Plymouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Tregaron, United Kingdom
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“Shining in the spring sunshine.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

A lovely place to visit on a sunny day and we were blessed with glorious, if chilly, weather; the strong sunlight making the abbey shine and providing some incredible contrasts and shadows. The Abbey itself has benefitted from its facelift and the interior with its new floor and clean stonework is light, airy and very peaceful. The Blessed Sacrament Chapel was closed for refurbishment but it was still possible to see the incredible stained glass windows – absolutely breathtaking. To sample the calmer moments of this lovely place the later afternoon is probably the best. By then it seems that the tour coaches have moved on and the precincts become quieter. By the same token the Grange restaurant is a lovely place to sit for afternoon tea and admire the recently completed mural of the building of the abbey.
On the secular side there is plenty available for even the most serious of shoppers – even the chance to stock up on the famous ‘Buckie’ (I resisted temptation!).

Visited March 2014
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Cannington, United Kingdom
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“Magical”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Don't expect to while away several hours, but it is very good and handy to the A38 trunk road if you need a comfort break. Tidy gardens and excellent restaurant.

Visited March 2014
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“Very clean,tidy and great soup”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

stopped off for soup and a quick bite to eat, lovely food and great place for some peace. very nice.
lovely strool around the gardens and the Abbey. Lovely little gift shop with item made by monks and nuns.

Visited December 2013
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Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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“An Abbey founded a thousand years ago”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Buckfast Abbey was founded nearly a thousand years ago. It is still there and still undergoing a lot of restoration works. Sometimes, I feel that restoration in excess may be rather a problem than a solution. At no moment I felt I was visiting an Abbey that has been there for such a long time. It looks brand new and quite kitsch, putting a lot of strengh in modern facilities - gift store, restaurant, coffee shop, outside shelter, green ceilings and yellow walls, modern sculpture garden and so on. It is much more like visiting a film studio or a Walt Disney Park. Other abbeys in the UK will certainly bring you you denser moments of constriction, faith, sincere praying and enlightenment. It is up to you!

Visited September 2013
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“A lovely visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

We visited late December and met a very lovely monk called Father Christopher who spoke spoke to us about the Abbey and what they do. We felt very fortunate to have met him as he really did make us feel very welcome. The church is amazing. The food was tasty and fairly priced but could have been a little warmer. A lovely way to spend a morning or afternoon!

Visited December 2013
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