Covid-19 & Your Safe Visit

Visiting Buckfast Abbey

Buckfast Abbey Church is open from 7.45am - 8.20pm, the gardens, Grange Restaurant and all three shops are now open daily from 10am - 5pm. 

We hope you are able to enjoy your visit, with large spacious gardens we have an abundance of stunning outdoor areas to sit and relax for you to enjoy the surroundings.

Holy Mass in Buckfast Abbey Parish

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




Monday – Friday

12.05 p.m.

Blessed Sacrament Chapel

5.00 p.m.

Abbey Church


12.05 p.m.

The Abbey Church

5.00 p.m.

St. Benedict’s Buckfastleigh


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:

 -We strongly recommend face coverings are worn in the Abbey Church
 -People who feel unwell, especially those who have symptoms of COVID-19, must not attend church.
 -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, closed to visitors during service times.
Pre-booking is necessary for coaches only.

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
-    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. (Closed for the Midday Mass)

The Grange Restaurant

The Grange is now open for business as usual from 10am to 5pm daily. 

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
Face Coverings – we strongly recommend customers to wear a face covering unless seated at your table
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.
Perspex screens – have been installed on our counters to make sure our team and customers are as safe as possible.
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.

Menu We are offering a more modest selection of food at present due to restrictions. This includes pasties, sausage rolls, soup, sandwiches, salads and panninis. We are not serving roast dinners or other similar hot dishes at this time.

The Gift Shop, Monastic Shop & Bookshop

All three of our shops are open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and 11.30am to 5pm Sundays. 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.

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

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.