Abbey

Step inside

  • The chapel at Buckland Abbey Garden and Estate © Andreas von Einsiedel

    The chapel

    In the early 1900's, a painted medieval column was accidentally uncovered behind the panelling of the 'servants' hall'. This led to the discovery of the old high altar, which had lain hidden for centuries. We have Lady Seaton to thank for its glorious restoration into this chapel in 1917.

  • The sixteenth century kitchen built by Sir Richard Grenville © Andreas von Einsiedel

    The kitchen

    This is not the original kitchen - Sir Richard Grenville added this wing in the 16th century. The monks' kitchen would have been nearer to the demolished cloisters and other buildings on the north side of the building. Two open hearths dominate the room and the walls are painted in a traditional pink lime wash.

  • Detail of the lime plaster ceiling in the Drake Chamber © Andreas von Einsiedel

    The Drake Chamber

    Early on this room was probably used as a study or bedroom but by the 18th century it had become the drawing room. Check out the hand-modelled lime putty ceiling depicting the Abbey's history including the anchors and rope representing Buckland's maritime connections.

  • The drum belonging to Sir Francis Drake at Buckland Abbey © Nick Carter

    Drake's drum

    Sir Francis Drake took this big snare drum on all his adventures on the high seas. Safely back in Buckland Abbey it is said the drum beats if England is in danger. The last time the drum was reported to have sounded was just prior to the evacuation of Dunkirk. Hopefully it will be quiet during your visit.

  • The Georgian dining room © National Trust

    The dining room

    This room has almost always been a dining room and is laid out as it might have looked in the Georgian period. The fireplace is much larger than you would expect as it is the original Tudor fireplace with an additional Georgian surround. A corridor just off the room was most likely installed at a later date to enable servants to come and go without being seen.

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