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Volunteering at Buckland Abbey

A person in bright clothes holds a pot next to a table of other kitchen related artefacts
Join the team of volunteers that looks after Buckland Abbey and its visitors | © Sophie Bolesworth

Make new friends, develop your skills and interests and contribute to your local community by becoming a volunteer at Buckland Abbey in Devon’s tranquil Tavy Valley

It’s the volunteers that help make Buckland Abbey a special place and bring its stories to life. We are always looking for friendly and approachable people with an interest and a passion for the work of the National Trust and Buckland Abbey to join us as volunteers, and would love to welcome you to the team.

Flexible opportunities

Whether you want to volunteer every week or for a shorter period of time, we've got lots of opportunities – one of which might suit you. Even if you work, full time or part time, volunteering can fit around you. Many of the roles have online booking shifts available, which means they can be 100 per cent flexible around your other commitments.

Training for volunteers

You will have an induction with your volunteering manager and many of the roles will ask for you to do some 'shadow shifts' where you will be with another friendly volunteer who will show you the ropes.

A range of opportunities

Whether it's sharing your love of history as a House Room Guide or a Learning Assistant, welcoming people to the place as a Visitor Experience Volunteer or helping out in the cafe or shop, there's something for all ages, abilities and interests. You can find out more via the MyVolunteering website linked below. If none of the opportunities listed seem like your cup of tea but you'd still love to join the team, please do contact us directly to have a chat.

Why join us?

There are lots of reasons to join us; making the move to volunteer could be the best decision you ever make.

  • Become part of a friendly and dedicated team
  • Meet people from all walks of life and forge new friendships
  • Utilise your existing skills and learn new ones
  • Strengthen your CV and help to develop your career
  • Enjoy the great outdoors
  • Learn about the history of this special place.

Three volunteers are intently painting a black metal fence
Volunteers painting fence, Buckland Abbey, Devon | © National Trust Images/Mel Peters

Thank you

Thank you to all our volunteers who give their time to support the National Trust in many different roles.

Contact us


If you are interested in knowing more, drop us a line via email, or visit the volunteering website - link below.


We're always happy to have a chat. Our phone line is open daily from 9-5.

01822 853607

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