Buckland Abbey, Garden and Estate - National Trust

Buckland Abbey, Garden and Estate - National Trust
PL20 6EY

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014






01822 853607


01822 855448

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View of the south and West fronts of Buckland Abbey on a sunny summer's day
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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.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Ship or maritime heritage site, Sacred space

Opening hours

Please check the National Trust website before visiting.

Admission charges

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.

Collection details

Architecture, Maritime, Personalities, Religion

Key artists and exhibits

  • Elizabethan seafaring
  • Sir Francis Drake
  • Sir Richard Grenville
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Killerton Woods

The Great British Walk

  • 15 — 30 September 2014 *on now

Use your feet to celebrate the British love of the great outdoors as we welcome back the Walking Festival for another year.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Normal admission charges apply. Adult: £10.00, child: £5.00.



Autumn leaves

Autumn Walk

  • 24 September 2014 1-3pm
  • 8 October 2014 1-3pm

Join our Ranger for a 2-mile guided walk as we go off the beaten track to take in the sights and smells of the estate.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Normal admission charges apply (adult: £10.00, child: £5.00).



Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

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 bucklandabbey@nationaltrust.org.uk for more information.