Buckfast Abbey

Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh

Buckfast Abbey
4.5
Speciality & Gift Shops • Historic Sites • Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
We are delighted to be partially re-opening from Monday, 26th April 2021 and fully re-opening from 17th May, (subject to Government guidelines.) Our Gift Shop will be open during our partial re-opening and our Grange Tea Rooms will be open for a takeaway service. Toilets will also be open. During this period, our opening times will be 10am - 4pm Monday to Saturday and 11.30am to 4pm Sundays. The Abbey Church, Bookshop and Monastic Shop will remain closed during the partial re-opening time. We look forward to welcoming you and assure you that Covid safety measures are in place.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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KathyTourGuide
Totnes, UK4 contributions
Visited many times
Aug 2020
A beautiful working abbey set in peaceful gardens on the edge of Dartmoor. It is free to visit and walk around but the guidebook is recommended for touring the inside of the abbey.

A visitor experience exhibit telling the story of the abbey, a large cafe with indoor and outdoor seating and a shop with local products and gifts, enhance your visit.
Written April 25, 2021
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JJ Brown
Coventry, UK74 contributions
Stunning with a great story
Oct 2020
Since the building was cleaned two years ago, it really shines. An amazing achievement for untrained monks to build something so beautiful and modern. The gardens are also well-maintained and peaceful. Helpful staff and good COVID systems.
Written November 14, 2020
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Thank you, JJ for your kind words. We do appreciate your comments. We hope you are keeping well in these Covid times.
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Diana D
United Kingdom185 contributions
Very impressed with the Covid 19 Precautions
Oct 2020
The Abbey is in a beautiful setting and we were surprised how recently it was built. Being built by the monks and finished in 1938. It has s beautiful window. Sadly it was wet when we arrived so we only managed the Abbey which is a lovely building. There Covid walk round was very well done and we had to sign in on the ap on arrival. Maybe one day we will go back on a dry day and perhaps try the restaurant.
Written November 13, 2020
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Thank you, Diana for your kind comments. It is a shame it was raining when you arrived, but at least you were able to visit our beautiful Abbey. Hopefully we will indeed be able to welcome you back when the restrictions are lifted. We hope you are keeping well in these times.
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Baby-Babble
UK805 contributions
Excellent - what beautiful surroundings!
Nov 2020
We spent a few hours wandering round inside and outside the Abbey , this is a place I’ve been wanting to see for a long time. Not being a religious person but it’s always lovely to see beautiful ceilings, pictures etc.. so yes! Our visit was a happy experience
Written November 8, 2020
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Thank you so much for your kind review. We are delighted that you were able to fulfil your dream to come and visit us. Hopefully we will be able to welcome you back another time. We hope you are staying well in these Covid times.
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Joe
United Kingdom50 contributions
Always a good day out
Oct 2020 • Family
We visited here for the umpteenth time and enjoyed walking around the grounds and the abbey with both a teenager and small child. There's always something to see and it's such a beautiful and tranquil place, plus the new CV-19 mitigation doesn't ruin the experience.

No complaints here!
Written October 30, 2020
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Thank you for your review, Joe. We are always delighted to welcome our regular visitors and it is excellent that you have been visiting us over so many years. We look forward to welcoming you back when the Covid restrictions are lifted and hope that you are keeping well in these times.
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Janet E
Wolverhampton, UK117 contributions
Peaceful place to visit
Oct 2020 • Couples
Visited here and although parts of the Abbey are closed, it was still lovely to walk around the gardens. The church is beautiful inside and the stained glass window, created by the monks, is stunning. The restaurant is open and is covid safe. Serving lunches, snacks and teas at good prices. Free entry to the gardens allows a peaceful wander around even if it is raining....
Written October 28, 2020
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Thank you, Janet for your kind review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit, even in the rain! We look forward to re-opening after the Covid restrictions are lifted and we hope you will be able to visit us again. Meanwhile, we hope you are keeping well in these Covid times.
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Sarah R
5 contributions
Not dog friendly
Oct 2020 • Solo
Didn't get out of the car as it turns out they don't allow dogs- anywhere!!! But surprising and definitely a shame as it looks lovely.
Written October 26, 2020
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Hello Sarah, we are sorry to see you were disappointed at not being able to enter the grounds with your dog. We had to make the decision not to include dogs as we found a large number of our visitors do not clean up after their dogs. This is such a shame, especially for responsible dog owners such as yourself, but we hope you managed to find another place to visit. The nearby woods with the River Dart running through are beautiful and a popular dog walking area. We do hope you are keeping well in these Covid times.
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MIchael_Jonas3
Mary Tavy, UK41 contributions
Beautiful place to visit
Oct 2020 • Couples
Gardens were lovely even in autumn, Abbey itself was lovely, all Covid precautions in place. And it’s free, well worth a stop if your in the area
Written October 15, 2020
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Hello Michael, thank you for writing your review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your autumnal evening in the grounds. We hope to welcome you back when the Covid restrictions are lifted, and in the meantime we hope you are keeping well in these Covid times.
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GillT
13 contributions
A special place
Oct 2020
A very special place to spend a couple of hours (we are even considering going back to stay - the accommodation looks excellent online). The Abbey is stunning and if you are interested in organs then this one is jaw dropping - over 5500 organ pipes apparently! Lovely cafe/restaurant and friendly staff everywhere.
Written October 13, 2020
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Peter N
26 contributions
Holiday
Oct 2020 • Couples
Worth a visit also the Abbey G Iardens a very peaceful atmosphere this should not be missed totally recommend.
Written October 12, 2020
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