A garden to relax in

A sea of bright tulips, rows of home grown vegetables, a shaded spot to admire the view...

The gardens at Buckland Abbey are a wonderful place to enjoy the peace and tranquility that surrounds the beautiful Tavy valley. Find a seat under the shade of a tree, surrounded by colourful borders, stunning views and the sound of bird song.

The gardens

The  Abbey garden itself was mainly landscaped in the 1950s, and features camellias, rhododendrons and magnolias. From here, you can see right across the valley to the woodland which stretches down to the river Tavy. 

Heading around to the Elizabethan garden - a riot of colour, especially in the summer months - you'll see a garden design typical of that which Grenville and Drake may have had in the Tudor era. The gentle sound of a fountain provides a calming backdrop as you take in views across the Cider House complex to farmland beyond. Don't miss the secret garden and its little path which will bring you back to the great barn - ideal for those with a spirit of discovery.

The Cider House and its gardens was purchased back into Trust ownership in 2011. The buildings are now a bed and breakfast, holiday cottage and tenanted family home. The tower is thought once to have been part of the Abbot's lodgings, originally built in the 15th century.

The kitchen garden is much in the same format as it would have been in the time of the monks, and now supplies the restaurant with delicious home grown fruit and vegetables as they become available. Complimented by beautiful flower borders, this is a lovely spot to sit in the sunshine and relax.

Arriving at the Cider House garden itself feels like you're stepping into a hidden wonderland. With borders full of seasonal blooms, a lawn carpeted with wild flowers in spring and winding paths through trees and shrubs in the wild garden at the end, you could happily lose yourself here for hours.

Our visitors often ask about the wooden outside furniture in the gardens; this was supplied by a Cornish company called Yellow Duck Pine. We've been able to buy many of the benches thanks to kind donations from supporter groups. 

Play a game

Why not stay a little longer and play a game that the whole family will enjoy? From quiots to skittles (all with a traditional theme), there are outdoor activities that everyone can have a go at. If all that excitement tires you out, you'll also find several deck chairs around the gardens. Pick the one with your favourite message on and take five minutes to recharge those batteries. 

Bringing your dog

We would ask that you do not bring your dog into the formal gardens, but you are more than welcome on our estate walks. Just pop in to Visitor Welcome when you arrive and they will give you all the information you need to make the most of your visit.

Seeing more

We want to ensure that all visitors get to see as much of Buckland Abbey as possible, so if you find walking very far a bit tricky, why not ask about hiring our Tramper? It's an off road mobility scooter which can be taken around the gardens and the yellow estate walk. For more details give us a call on 01822 856045.