Covid-19 & Your Safe Visit

Visiting Buckfast Abbey

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


Important Notice:

The Monastic Community has decided that the 12:05 Mass which takes place each weekday in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, is to become a seasonal Mass, which will be celebrated between Easter and the end of October. Therefore, the final 12:05 Mass of the year will take place on Friday 29th October.

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 (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
-    We strongly recommend that masks are worn inside all buildings.
-    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. 

The Grange Restaurant

The Grange is now open for business as usual from 10am to 4.30pm 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

The Monastic Shop, Gift Shop and Bookshop are open from 10am to 4.30pm Monday to Saturday and 11.30am to 4.30pm Sundays. Keeping in line with the latest Government announcement, please be aware that the wearing of face coverings is mandatory in our retail outlets.

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.