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Discovery, tranquillity and history – an ancient gem in the Dartmoor landscape
When you visit Buckland, you tread in 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.
What's in store?
Events and activities
From costume days to craft activities, guided walks to games, there's a fun packed events programme at Buckland this year. Use our event page to find out more about what's happening throughout the seasons.
Behind closed doors
We're working away on our new exhibition space in the Abbey ready for the return of our Rembrandt in June. The self portrait, recently attributed to the Grand Master himself, is currently away for testing and cleaning while we prepare an exciting venue for its return. Watch this space for more details.
After your visit
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