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April - October 2017 - Due to the installation of our new pipe organ, we regret to say that access to some areas of the Abbey Church is restricted at times.

Desiring to find a peaceful location to continue their monastic community after the anti-clerical laws were enacted in France, the monks of the community of La Pierre-qui-vire were driven from their homeland and re-established monastic life at Buckfast in 1882.

Today, those who come to the monastery are often drawn by the expectation of peace - of a place of calm in a rather hectic world.

Visitors to Buckfast are struck by this atmosphere of calm, an absence of noise and other more worldly distractions. This is true even of the more secular visitor or group.

Benedictine spirituality at Buckfast Abbey is firmly rooted. It is not swept together from all sorts of spiritual traditions; it offers a measured approach, it does not make haste; it contains nothing mysterious or esoteric; it does not focus on the spiritual quest of any individual, but on the growth of the person living in a community - whether religious or secular.

For people wishing to stay for a while or for those who make a more casual visit, for schools and other specialist groups, there is certainly scope to offer a variety of rich encounters here at Buckfast Abbey.

Service Times

The monks celebrate the Divine Office and Mass together each day in the Abbey Church. Most of these services are open to the public.

Due to the installation of the new Abbey Organ, the only part of the Divine Office that is available to the public is Vespers. This will be the case for the foreseeable future.

Monday to SaturdaySunday
Vespers in Latin18:3018:30. 19:00 Benediction

Buckfast Abbey with the Community
Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Monday to Saturday


Saturdays at 11:00 to 11:30 or by appointment

Saint Benedict, Chapel Street, Buckfastleigh            
Monday and Thursday
    09:15 - Subject to change or cancellation, please call to confirm
Saturday - Vigil Mass

Our Lady of Lourdes and Saint Petroc, Ashburton
Wednesday and Friday
    10:00 - subject to change or cancellation, please call to confirm

Saint Dunstan, New Park, South Brent

Monthly Music

Monthly Music at Buckfast Abbey

Upcoming concerts

The Choir of Robinson College, Cambridge

Mon 26th June 7.00pm | Free with retiring collection

Mon 26th 7.00pm. The Choir of Robinson College, Cambridge. In the Grange Restaurant, Buckfast Abbey. Grange Restaurant opens at 6.00pm for pre-concert drinks. Entry Free with retiring collection.

George Malcolm Memorial Series - at The Grange Restaurant 8th July

Sat 8th July | Free with retiring collection

George Malcolm Memorial Series at the Grange Restaurant. 19:30 Saturday 8th July 2017 Pre-concert dinner available at the Grange Restaurant at 18:00.

Click here to see all our events

How To Get Here

By Road Buckfast Abbey is 0.5 miles from the A38 Devon Expressway, midway between Exeter and Plymouth.

By Rail The nearest stations are Newton Abbot and Totnes, both only 20 minutes drive from the Abbey.

By Bus The local bus service, Stagecouch number 88, operates from Newton Abbot and Totnes to Buckfast. There is also a coach service between Exeter and Plymouth which stops in Buckfastleigh. The Abbey is a half-mile walk.

Entrance and parking is FREE and there is easy access to all facilities.


Diocesan Celebration of Priesthood - Mass for Jubilarians - 9th June 2017

The celebrant was the Bishop of Plymouth, the Rt. Rev. Mark O'Toole. The Jubilarians were: DIAMOND - Fr Keith Collins, Fr Patrick Conlon, Fr Michael Downey, Fr Benet Conlon OSB of Buckfast, Fr Christopher Delaney OSB of Buckfast; GOLDEN - Fr Patrick Kelly, Fr David Mead; SILVER - Fr Mark O’Keeffe, Fr Kristian Paver, Fr John Rice.

Devon Association Conference at Buckfast - June 2017

The Devon Association 155th AnnualConference at Buckfast, 4th June 2017. The first photograph shows, on the left the immediate past President, Dr. Toff Gary MBE with the present President, David Fursdon, Lord Lieutenant of Devon. Other photos show Abbot David with Peter Beacham OBE, Executive Chairman; Father Christopher giving a tour of the Abbey Church and Brother Daniel showing some of the vestments in the Abbey Sacristy.

Mary: Icon of the Church

Mary – Icon of the Church
The Role of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Kindness: a School Mass

Kindness – a School Mass

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Baptism of Teddy

Baptism of Teddy

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Run to the Son Prayer Festival

Come and join us! This is a weekend of worship, prayer and fellowship, organised by Buckfast Abbey and the Plymouth Diocesan Evangelisation team, to help inspire you for mission. It is open to everyone in our Diocese and beyond. We just ask that under 18's must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Tickets cost £25 each.

The Choir of Robinson College, Cambridge

Mon 26th 7.00pm. The Choir of Robinson College, Cambridge. In the Grange Restaurant, Buckfast Abbey. Grange Restaurant opens at 6.00pm for pre-concert drinks. Entry Free with retiring collection.

Quiet Day at Buckfast Abbey led by Dom Christopher Delany O.S.B. - 1st July

Sat 1st July Fr Christopher’s Quiet Day. ‘Holding on and letting go; has it always got to be like this?’ 10.00am - 3.00pm. Violet Evelyn Hall Southgate Retreat Centre, Buckfast Abbey.