Buckland Abbey, Garden and Estate (National Trust)
700-year-old building with fine 16th-century great hall, associated with Elizabethan seafarers Drake and Grenville.
Tucked away in its own secluded valley above the River Tavy, Buckland was originally a small but influential Cistercian monastery.
Historic house or home, Ship or maritime heritage site, Sacred space
14 Feb–21 Mar: Saturday and Sunday, 14.00-17.00
27 Mar–31 Oct: Friday to Wednesday, 10:30–17:30
6 Nov–19 Dec: Saturday and Sunday, 14.00-17.00
19 Feb–27 March: Saturday and Sunday, 14.00-17.00
Notes: Admission by timed ticket at busy times. Last admission 45 mins before closing.
Adult £7.40, child £3.70, family £18.50, family (1 adult) £11.50. Groups £6.30.
Grounds only: £3.90, child £1.90.
Reduced rate when arriving by cycle or public transport. Winter admission (1 Nov to 18 March): reduced price for house; grounds free
The house, incorporating the remains of the 13th-century abbey church, has rich associations with Sir Francis Drake and his seafaring rival, Sir Richard Grenville, containing much interesting memorabilia from their time. There are exhibitions on Buckland’s history as well as a magnificent monastic barn, herb garden, delightful estate walks and craft workshops. Recent developments include new interpretative exhibitions and displays, a hand-crafted plasterwork ceiling in the Drake Chamber, the creation of an Elizabethan garden and the Cot Lane rural crafts area.
Architecture, Maritime, Personalities, Religion
Key artists and exhibits
- Elizabethan seafaring
- Sir Francis Drake
- Sir Richard Grenville
Tudor Life Tours
Tour of Buckland Abbey discussing Tudor history and looking at the costume collection.
How to obtain
Contact Buckland Abbey on 01822 853607 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.