Covid-19 & Your Safe Visit

Visiting Buckfast Abbey

Buckfast Abbey Church, 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.

To attend Mass at Buckfast Abbey on Sundays at 11am, please click the 'Book Mass Seating' button below.


Holy Mass in Buckfast Abbey Parish

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

Day

Time

Place

Capacity

Monday – Friday

12.05 p.m.

Abbey Blessed Sacrament Chapel

48

Saturday

12.05 p.m.

5 p.m.

The Abbey Church

St. Benedict’s Buckfastleigh

45

24

Sunday

9 a.m.

St. Dunstan’s South Brent

Abbey Blessed Sacrament Chapel

24

48

 

10:30 a.m.


11am

Our Lady of Lourdes & St. Petrock, Ashburton


& The Abbey Church

24


45


The seating capacity is limited by the necessity of maintaining social distancing.  Therefore it will be necessary to book your place at each Mass you wish to attend.
 According to Church and Government regulations, if the maximum number of either households or people is reached, no-one else may be admitted to the Church, so if you turn up without booking, you must be prepared to be disappointed.

Book Mass Seating

Things to bear in mind in deciding whether to attend Mass:
 -Track & Trace details are required
 -Face coverings must be worn
 -People who feel unwell, especially those who have symptoms of COVID-19, must not attend church.
 -Toilet facilities will not be available except at the time of the 12.05 p.m. Mass at the Abbey.
 -Seating will be allocated by the stewards so that social distancing of 2 metres is maintained at all times.
 -It is essential that you use the hand sanitiser which will be offered to you as you enter the church
 -By order of the Bishop, Holy Communion must be received in the hand while standing.

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

Visiting the Abbey Church

We are delighted to say the Abbey church is open daily from 10am to 4.40pm, closed to visitors during service times.

When we reopen, to help you feel safe we have:

-    A one-way system, with signage
-    Sanitising points on entry and exit
-    A regular cleaning system for frequently touched surfaces.
-    Moved and restricted some seating
-    Set a maximum number of visitors in the Church and at Mass
-    Marked a socially distanced queue outside
-    Additional church stewards are present to assist you, answer questions you may have and make you feel safe
-    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. 

We look forward to welcoming you back and when you visit you'll notice we have systems in place to make sure your visit is as safe as possible:

Track and Trace – we require all our customers to use the track and trace system (not necessary at takeaway counter)
Face Coverings – we require all customers to wear a face covering unless seated at your table.
Cashless Payment – We are only accepting Contactless and card payments at the moment.
Social Distancing Measures – social distancing measures still apply and we will ask our teams and customers to follow the latest guidance provided.
Covered Outside Seating – Can be accessed through the restaurant
Cleaning – touchpoints are frequently cleaned and sanitised by the team, every 30 minutes.
Handwashing  – our teams are washing their hands every 30 minutes.
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.




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 shop is safe for all. 


Abbey Gardens

During lockdown, our gardeners have been working hard to maintain 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 lead are permitted. Only registered assistance ones are allowed inside buildings.

On Site First Aid
First aid cover is provided by Alliance Pioneer Group 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.