Buckland Abbey, Garden and Estate - National Trust

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

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
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.

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

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01822 853607


01822 855448

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