Family garden trail at Buckland Abbey

Child, and family looking at a trail sheet

Head around the gardens and try and find all the items that were once grown by the Medieval Monks on the Buckland Abbey estate.

Medieval monks' trail

Imagine you're a Medieval monk who lived and worked the land at Buckland Abbey 800 years ago. 

Follow the garden trail to discover some of the plants, fruits and vegetables that once grew here.

Can you also find some of the more unusual items that people in Medieval times once believed exisited? For example, did you know that people thought there was such a thing as a Barnacle tree!

Play outdoors on the main lawn
Children playing on the main lawn
Play outdoors on the main lawn


Where will the trail be?

The children's trail is placed all around the Buckland Abbey gardens starting in the main abbey garden, Elizabethan garden, kitchen garden and Cider House garden before finishing at the Great Barn which the monks once filled with produce. 

The gardens are accessible for families with push chairs and wheelchairs. 

Dogs are not allowed in any of our formal gardens but your four legged friend can explore any of our woodland walks. 


Download your trail sheet here

To conform with social distancing we are not printing trail sheets this year. Please feel free to download and print your trail sheet here or you can take a picture of the trail board when you visit the car park.

Medieval Monk trail sheet (PDF / 0.3MB) download



Please pre-book your visit

All visitors to Buckland must pre-book online before visiting. Tickets can be pre-booked from this page: 

Sunset over Buckland Abbey

Visiting Buckland Abbey: what you need to know

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