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School and Group visits to Buckland Abbey

Children on a school trip at East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire
There is something for groups of all ages to discover at Buckland Abbey | © ©National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Buckland Abbey in Devon’s Tavy Valley is a fantastic place to visit for both school trips and adult group visits. With tailored activities and tours of the building and its treasures, there is something for all ages to discover here.

School visits to Buckland Abbey

Part museum, part house, Buckland Abbey is a great place for an educational visit. Whether it's Tudor history, geography, art or even the outdoors, your visit can be tailored to the topic you are studying. Please book in advance.

Your visit

Download our school visit brochure (PDF)

Most school visits last for about four hours and comprise a tour with one of our Learning Assistants, an activity and time for lunch. There is also the option to visit the shop if you would like to.

If you would prefer to only have a tour, or you want to see about a different activity to those specified below, we can arrange this – just let us know when you book.

You'll be based in the schoolroom for your visit where you can leave your bags safely and have your lunch.

Activities for educational trips

There are several activities we offer as standard – you can choose one of these for your visit:

  • Costume activity – dress up as a Tudor and learn about the different outfits that would have been worn, depending on your status in the Elizabethan times. Due to the number of costumes we have, we can offer this for a maximum of 30 students.
  • Costume talk – for larger groups, we can run a costume talk with the opportunity for a couple of children to dress up to demonstrate the costumes.
  • Artefact handling talk – for larger groups, we can run an artefact talk with the opportunity for children to handle a number of interesting items.

If you'd like to discuss other ideas for activities for your group, just let us know.

FAQs about Educational visits

Visitors exploring the Bodnant Garden, Wales
Groups are welcome at Buckland Abbey | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Bringing an adult group to Buckland Abbey

From university study groups to gardening clubs, groups of all sizes are welcome on visits to Buckland Abbey. As with school groups, please book your visit in advance.

Download our group visit brochure (PDF)

Organised tours, activities and catering

Your group is welcome to conduct their visit on an ad hoc basis, or guided tours of the Abbey can be arranged when you book your visit. If there's something specific you are interested in finding out more about, such as costume making or the gardens, let us know and we'll be happy to work with you to plan your tour, talk or activity. We allow one guide for 15 people and there is a small charge.

If you would like to organise specific catering, or your group wishes to visit the cafe all together, please let us know.

Admission prices

Parties of 15 or more people will benefit from group rates. Payment by cash or card for the whole party should be made by the group leader on the day at Visitor Welcome. National Trust members in your group should come and have their card scanned when payment is made. Group leaders and coach drivers go free.

Free familiarisation visits for group leaders

If you're planning a group visit you can request our free Travel Trade Pass and you and a friend or colleague will gain free entry to over 300 of our places throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland for 12 months. There’s nothing quite like seeing or experiencing somewhere for yourself to help you plan a successful visit. To receive your pass, call 0344 800 2329 or email us at

Who is eligible for free entry?

Registered tourist board guides (on production of a valid badge), coach drivers and tour leaders escorting groups of 15 or more. National Trust members also receive free entry, so it is at your discretion whether to refund the entrance fee to members if you have included it in your package – this is not refunded by the National Trust.

Members must bring their current membership cards with them to avoid paying the full group rate. If any of your group would like to join the National Trust please direct them to our Membership page or call 0344 800 1895.

Travelling to Buckland Abbey

We strongly advise that you do not use sat nav to get here, as it will take you down narrow lanes unsuitable for large vehicles. Instead, please follow the Buckland Abbey signs from the main A386 Plymouth to Tavistock road.

Parking for coaches and minibuses is available in the main car park, and there is a buggy service for any visitors who would like to be brought down to Visitor Welcome from there. Depending on staff availability, we are sometimes able to offer an introduction on the coach. Please enquire about this when you book.

Contact us


To request further information or make a booking, please email us. We will aim to respond within 5 working days.


Our main office phone line is open daily from 9-5.

01822 853607
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