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Discovery, tranquillity and history – an ancient gem in the Dartmoor landscape

When you visit Buckland, you follow over 700 years of footsteps; from the Cistercians who built the Abbey and farmed the estate, to seafarers Grenville and Drake who changed the shape of the house and the fate of the country.

The Abbey is part museum, part house, and filled with treasures such as the legendary Drake’s Drum. There’s no mistaking the magnificence of the Great Barn, which has remained virtually unchanged since it was built all those centuries ago.

You’ll discover meadows, orchards and woodlands where you can enjoy far-reaching views of the Tavy Valley. Our way-marked trails are a riot of colour through the seasons, with an unmissable carpet of bluebells in spring.

At the cider house, herbaceous borders provide seasonal interest and a secret ‘wild’ garden is a wonderful place for quiet contemplation (or a game of hide and seek).

Find your favourite spot and you’ll want to come back to Buckland time and again.

Hunting the herinacius

Join in with an amazing adventure through the Buckland estate as you hunt for a menagerie of medieval beasts. Make rubbings from each plaque you find and create your own collection of creatures.

Half term fun

24-31 October

There are fantastic autumnal activities for all the family this October half-term; from pumpkin carving to natural crafts.  

Find out more

  • Staying with us

    Cider Cottage sleeps 4 (and a dog) and enjoys its own private garden

  • Bringing your dog

    We now allow dogs on our estate walks. Pick up a handy guide on arrival

  • Rembrandt

    See the Dutch Grand Master's self portrait in the newly refurbished Nave Gallery.

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Thank you

We're a charity, and looking after special places for ever, for everyone is our passion.

Could you help us to fundraise? Volunteering is great fun, and very rewarding. 

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