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Welcoming everyone to Buckland Abbey

Woman on tramper in the Elizabethan Garden at Buckland Abbey
The Tramper can be hired from Visitor Welcome | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Everyone is welcome at Buckland Abbey. Read on to discover how to make the most of your visit, download the access statement, and find out how to contact us with any questions you might have.

The Tramper at Buckland Abbey

What is a Tramper?

The Tramper is an electric all-terrain mobility scooter designed specifically to cover rough ground and grass safely. It's able to go up and down slopes, over bumps, through mud, soft ground and shallow puddles.

Where can I explore?

The Tramper can be taken around the gardens and on part of the yellow walking route on Buckland's estate. Due to its size and area required to turn, it cannot be taken inside any of the buildings. You'll receive a full explanation of where to go during your briefing with the Visitor Welcome team on arrival.

How to hire the Tramper

To book the Tramper for your visit, please call 01822 853607 and ask to speak to the Visitor Welcome team, or email Bookings can be made more than a week in advance, but please do let us know if you change your mind.

Normal National Trust admission charges apply; entry is free for National Trust members. If you need to bring a carer or essential companion to accompany you, they are able to come in free of charge.

If you would like to hire the Tramper, you must become a member of Countryside Mobility to ensure you are covered by insurance. You can choose either a two week taster membership (£2.50) or annual membership (£10). Once you’ve signed up for membership, you can use Trampers at 50 Countryside Mobility sites across South West England, and return to your favourite spots again and again.

If you hold an Outdoor Mobility Scheme Membership (formerly known as Lake District Mobility), you are also able to use that membership.

On the day of your booking, we'll give you a briefing of the route, a map and a short introduction to the Tramper if you are a first time user.

Please be aware that all Tramper users must be accompanised by one other person, and that mobile signal is very limited on site.

Who can use the Tramper?

Anyone can use the Tramper - as long as you are able to use the handlebar steering and hand controls.

You don't have to be registered disabled or have a Blue Badge to use the Tramper.

If you're a first-time user, please read the important medical and health information, terms and conditions and watch the introductory video.

Braille guides

Braille guides for the Abbey can be borrowed for free from Visitor Welcome or the Abbey.

Access in the cafe

The cafe counter was recently replaced with a lower top, making it much easier for visitors using wheelchairs to access. There are also chairs with arms, accessible cutlery and dignity mugs for use in the cafe. Please speak to a member of the team if you require any further assistance during your visit.


Baby changing facilities are available in the main toilets outside Visitor Welcome.

There are step free routes around the garden - please be aware that most paths are gravelled or slightly uneven with slopes. Some parts of the yellow estate route are suitable for robust pushchair

We welcome breastfeeding everywhere at Buckland Abbey. If there is anything you need such as a quiet space or hot water for bottle warming, please speak to a member of staff.

Access statements

You can download a PDF of Buckland Abbey's access statement here

Alternatively, this link will take you to Buckland's page on the AccessAble website:

Contact us


For further information about your visit, please email us. We aim to respond to all emails within 3 working days.


Our phone lines are monitored between 9am and 5pm daily.

01822 853607
The exterior of Abbot's tower at Buckland Abbey in the evening light

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Countryside Mobility

Countryside Mobility provides safe, enjoyable access to the South West's most scenic locations for anyone who has difficulty walking, through an off road mobility scooter hire scheme.

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A visitor driving a tramper down a path with shrubs in background

The Tramper at Castle Drogo 

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The Tramper at Cotehele 

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Visitor on all-terrain mobility Tramper viewing Whitelady Waterfall in the background, Lydford Gorge, Devon

The Tramper at Lydford Gorge 

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