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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 on?

There are so many fantastic activities going on, we can't fit them onto one page. So whether you are planning a visit or you just want to see what's happening, check our event list to find out more.

Behind closed doors

We're busily preparing for the return of our Rembrandt self portrait in June. The exhibition will open after the painting's return from the Hamilton Kerr Institute - watch this space for details.

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Be our guest

Cider Cottage, Buckland Abbey, Garden and Estate © Chris Lacey

Cider Cottage is a delightful, newly refurbished, self-catering cottage with its own garden. Perfect for romantic breaks, peaceful getaways and family fun alike, this beautiful holiday let sleeps 4 people (plus one dog).

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Dog walks

Bring your dogs here for a lovely walk  © John Millar

Dogs are now welcome on three of our estate walks. We have handy places to tie your pooch while you pop in for a cup of tea or visit the shop, and water bowls so that they can have a drink too. Please remember to come to Reception to collect a map when you arrive for your visit.

Sunbathe or splash in puddles?