Covid-19 & Your Safe Visit

Visiting Buckfast Abbey


Buckfast Abbey Church is open from 7.45am - 8.20pm (7.00pm on Saturday), the gardens, and Shops are open 10am - 4.30pm daily (Grange Restaurant at 5pm);  on Sundays Shops open 11.30am - 4.30pm. 

Located at the centre of a picturesque valley on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, Buckfast Abbey is home to a community of Roman Catholic Benedictine Monks, who live their lives of prayer, work and study according to the ancient rule of St Benedict. 

The heart of our site is the Abbey Church and Monastery – the place in which the Monastic Community lives and prays at various times throughout the day. Our site is historic – the original Abbey being founded in 1018 AD, by King Cnut.

Today, our site is a flourishing complex of buildings which the monks have continually developed to aid them in realising their vision for Buckfast - to be a national centre of witness to God, and the Roman Catholic faith. To that end, the community places a great value upon hospitality, and welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

Our site includes beautiful, spacious gardens, a restaurant, multiple shops, a conference centre, a hotel plus a range of guest accommodation.


Holy Mass in Buckfast Abbey Parish


The following Masses will be celebrated with a congregation in the Buckfast Abbey Parish:    

Day

Time

Place

Monday – Friday

5.00 p.m.

Abbey Church

Saturday

12.05 p.m.

The Abbey Church

5.00 p.m.

St. Benedict’s Buckfastleigh

Sunday

9.00 a.m.

St. Dunstan’s South Brent

9.00 a.m.

Abbey Blessed Sacrament Chapel

10:30 a.m.

Our Lady of Lourdes & St. Petrock, Ashburton

11.00 a.m.

The Abbey Church



Things to bear in mind in deciding whether to attend Mass:

 -People who feel unwell, especially those who have symptoms of COVID-19, must not attend church.
 -Whilst there is no mandatary requirement to wear face coverings inside you are very welcome to wear one if you wish.
 -It is recommended that you use the hand sanitiser which will be offered to you as you enter the church
 -Holy Communion is only of one kind (no chalice).

Live streaming of Holy Mass and Sunday Vespers will continue as at present.

Visiting the Abbey Church

The Abbey church is open daily from 7.45am to 8.20pm (7.00pm on Saturday), closed to visitors during service times.
Pre-booking is necessary for coaches only email groupvisits@buckfast.org.uk or call 01364 645532.


In light of the latest Government easing of restrictions, we still would like to observe the following recommendations:

-    A one-way system, with signage
-    Sanitising points on entry and exit
-    Whilst there is no mandatary requirement to wear face coverings inside you are very welcome to wear one if you wish.
-    A regular cleaning system for frequently touched surfaces.
-    Our toilets (around the grounds, not the Church) are being cleaned more regularly
-    Removed the Holy Water

Update June 2021
-    Votive candles can now be lit - follow the guidance given

-    The Blessed Sacrament Chapel is open for private prayer. 

The Grange Restaurant

The Grange is open from 10am to 5pm daily. Hot food is served 12 noon - 3pm and Sunday carvery lunches now available.

When you visit you'll notice we still have systems in place to make sure your visit is as safe as possible:

Track and Trace – customers are able to use the track and trace system if they wish to
Social Distancing – social distancing measures are advised, please be mindful of others
Covered Outside Seating – Can be accessed through the restaurant
Cleaning – touchpoints are frequently cleaned and sanitised by the team, frequently
Handwashing  – our teams are washing their hands frequently.
Customer flow – we’ve taken some special steps to help maintain social distancing, we ask you kindly to follow the one-way system using the separate entry and exit to help with the customer flow.
Face coverings - Whilst there is no mandatary requirement to wear face coverings inside you are very welcome to wear one if you wish.

Menu Hot food is available every day from 12 noon - 3pm and the popular Sunday carvery is available again. Lighter bites are also available which includes pasties, sausage rolls, soup, sandwiches, salads and panninis. 




The Gift Shop, Monastic Shop & Bookshop

The Monastic Shop, Gift Shop and Bookshop are open from 10am to 4.30pm Monday to Saturday and 11.30am to 4.30pm Sundays. Whilst there is no mandatary requirement to wear face coverings inside you are very welcome to wear one if you wish.

We have some spectacular new lines from monasteries all over the world, as well as unusual gifts and a selection of books to rival any library. We also have an online shop which shows a selection of some of our stock.

The safety of our visitors and staff are of paramount importance to us so we have made many changes to ensure the shops are safe for all. 

Abbey Gardens

Our gardeners put every effort to maintain the highest of standards of the grounds at Buckfast Abbey, and we hope you enjoy walking around our themed gardens. Feel free to enjoy a restful break or enjoy a picnic in our very spacious grounds.

Toilets 
Enhanced cleaning of our public toilets, located in the car park and below the Grange Restaurant. 

Dogs 
Well behaved dogs, on a short lead are permitted. Only registered assistance ones are allowed inside buildings.

On Site First Aid
First aid cover is provided by Role 1 Medical during opening hours. Visitors requiring first aid will be treated by personnel wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment: masks, gloves, apron etc. Family and other household members will not be able to accompany the first aider when treatment is taking place.