Volunteering at Buckland Abbey
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.
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.
Thank you to all our volunteers who give their time to support the National Trust in many different roles.
Discover a wealth of history at Buckland Abbey, from its time as a medieval farming monastery to the famous Tudor explorers who called it home.
Explore the abbey which is part museum, part house, and filled with treasures. Step inside the medieval Great Barn: a tithe barn unchanged since it was built centuries ago.
There are no end of discoveries to be made while exploring the ancient woodland at Buckland Abbey. The grounds have more than eight centuries of history to uncover and colour-coded walks take in everything the Great North Wood has to offer.
From beautiful blooms to bountiful harvests, the gardens at Buckland Abbey are full of colour and seasonal interest. Soak up the history of this special place as you admire the planting, or simply enjoy the peace and tranquillity as you sit a while on one of the benches.