Step into spring at Buckland Abbey

A blossoming tree outside the cottages on the Buckland Abbey estate

A carpet of bluebells, newborn lambs and walks in the countryside; where better to enjoy a day out than at Buckland Abbey?

Spring flowers and country walks

From frothy blossom to delicate wild flowers, the gardens at Buckland are bursting into colour in the spring sunshine. With plenty of seats where you can stop to admire the view and enjoy the sound of birdsong, it's the perfect place to escape the bustle of everyday life.

As you head out onto the wider estate, you'll be following the footsteps of the monks as you wander through farm and woodland. Pause to take in the views across the valley, down to the river and to Cornwall beyond, and you'll find it easy to understand why the Cistercians chose this special place for their home all those centuries ago. Following the red trail will give the best views of the bluebell displays.

Dogs are very welcome on the four waymarked estate walks, and you'll find all the information you need on the guide you'll receive at Visitor Welcome. There's also a tramper available to hire for those who find walking longer distances more tricky - give us a call on 01822 856045 if you'd like to know more. 

Art to admire

If you're a fan of art, it's well worth a visit to the house this spring. The Drake portrait which is currently on loan to the Trust is hanging in the Drake Chamber, and is believed to be the first painting of the Elizabethan seafarer. The Rembrandt self portrait will also be returning in early March, and can be seen in the Georgian Dining Room until it goes off temporarily to Bath later in the year.

Something to eat

If all of that walking has left you peckish, you can call in to the restaurant for a light snack, slice of cake or delicious home cooked meal. For an extra special treat, why not book onto one of the Dine Out evenings? The first one this year is on 26 April, call 01822 853706 to find out more.