Covid-19 & Your Safe Visit

Visiting Buckfast Abbey

Abbey Church and all facilities are now closed until further notice

To help you feel safe we have: 
-    One way-systems where appropriate. Although our grounds are quite open, we have one way systems and queuing markers for our shop, restaurant (take away only Thursday-Sunday), Abbey Church and at the main pedestrian entrance
-    Introduced additional outdoor seating.
-    Appropriate signage, informing and explaining key messages
-    Sanitising points as you enter and leave buildings
-    Enhanced cleaning of our public toilets, located in the car park and below the Grange Restaurant
-    Introduced table service in our restaurant ('Track & Trace' required) and an outside take away counter
-    Set a maximum number of visitors we can welcome safely at one time at 200 across the site. We will be reviewing this number over the days and weeks ahead to reflect government guidance and to ensure we are all safe.
-    Met with our staff ahead of opening and updated them with any necessary guidance
-    Increased the amount of customer facing staff

There are some facilities normally available to visitors which are currently closed…
The Monastic Way Exhibition
The Book Shop and Monastic Produce Shop
The Medieval Guesthall
Monastery Guestquarters and Southgate Retreat Centre
St Cuthbert’s Conference Centre

Our Northgate House Hotel has now reopened. Please visit this page on our website for more detailed information should you wish to come and stay here.

Please do not visit if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, we reseve the right to refuse entry to anyone we expect may have COVID-19

If you are visiting, we ask that you:

-    Wear a face covering inside the shop, restaurant and Abbey Church

-    Try not to touch surfaces and use hand sanitisers provided
-    Where possible, to wipe down benches as you use them
-    Follow the guidance of stewards and other Abbey staff
-    Fill in the necessary information for ‘track & trace’ at the restaurant, Abbey Church and to attend Mass
-    Be patient, we are trying to do our best to give you an enjoyable and safe visit

Thank you in advance for your part in trying to keep us all safe.


Monday to Saturday: 10:00 to 16:00
Sunday: 11.00 to 16:00

Gates will close shortly after 16.00

Holy Mass in Buckfast Abbey Parish

From Wednesday 8th April, the following Masses will be celebrated with a congregation in the Buckfast Abbey Parish:    





Monday – Friday

12.05 p.m.

Abbey Blessed Sacrament Chapel



12.05 p.m.

5 p.m.

The Abbey Church

St. Benedict’s Buckfastleigh




9 a.m.

St. Dunstan’s South Brent

Abbey Blessed Sacrament Chapel




10:30 a.m.

Our Lady of Lourdes & St. Petrock, Ashburton

& The Abbey Church



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 the Divine Office will continue as at present.

Christmas Masses

It is not possible to book or reserve places for any Masses taking place beyond the next 7 days.

We are currently making plans for congregational attendance at our Christmas Masses. We hope you will appreciate that this will not be easy and in the first instance, we would urge you to try and attend a Mass in your home parish. Once details have been finalised, we will advertise them here.

Thank you for your patience.

Visiting the Abbey Church

Abbey Church and all facilities are now closed until further notice

In these challenging times, as we reopen for daily Mass, private prayer and general visits we have worked very hard to help you feel as safe as possible.

To help you feel safe we have:
-    A one-way system, with signage and barriers
-    Sanitising points on entry and exit
-    A regular cleaning system for frequently touched surfaces. We will suspend entry to the Abbey Church for regular periods through the day to do this
-    Moved and restricted some seating
-    Set a maximum number of visitors in the Church and at Mass
-    Marked a socially distanced queue outside 

-  A room near the Abbey is available to shelter in if it is raining

-    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*
-    Temporarily suspended the use of votive candles*
* We have not taken these steps lightly but the risk of spreading COVID-19 in these practises is just too great. Additionally, there is a fire risk from the use of alcoholic gel which we are particularly concerned about.

-    There are some areas, normally accessible to visitors which are currently closed…

The Blessed Sacrament Chapel (open for midday Mass only)

Part of the South aisle (adjoining the monastery)

The Holy Cross Chapel

If you are coming into the Abbey Church, we ask that you:
-   Complete 'Track & Trace' information

-   Wear a face covering
-    As with the whole site: do not enter if you have any symptoms of COVID-19
-    Try not to touch surfaces and use hand sanitisers provided
-    Follow the guidance of stewards
-    Maintain social distancing at all times

We understand that your visit may look and feel very different to what you are used to. These measures are in place to keep you, the monks and our staff safe. We hope to be able to ‘relax’ some of these measures in the future but at this time, these measures reflect our response to government guidance and that of the Catholic Church itself.
Thank you in advance for your part in trying to keep us all safe. 


Monday to Saturday: 10:00 to 15:50
Sunday: 11.00 to 15:50

The Grange Restaurant

Abbey Church and all facilities are now closed until further notice

The café is open serving hot food such as soup, jacket potatoes, paninis, main meals, vegetarian and traditional pasties, sausage rolls (from the award-winning Chunks of Devon Company), sandwiches and other sweet and savoury items, using regionally-sourced produce.

We have items on the menu to meet most dietary requirements, including gluten-free, Vegan and dairy-free. If you have a specific dietary need, please ask a member of the catering team for assistance.

We are also operating a takeaway service of Hot and cold drinks, Hot Pasties and sausage rolls and ice creams.

We have just made a few changes to keep our customers and team safe:

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

Abbey Church and all facilities are now closed until further notice

 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. For the time being the Bookshop will remain closed. However if you require any items from the Bookshop a designated member of staff will be happy to get it for you.

Face coverings must be worn

We will not be accepting cash and we ask, where possible, that you pay by Contactless.

A maximum of six customers are to be in the shop at a time and we ask you to keep a social distance of 2 metres. We kindly ask that all shop customers sanitise their hands on entering and on leaving the shop.
Please bring your own bags.
We will be cleaning shop baskets after use.

We only accept card or contactless payments in the Gift shop and Restaurant to minimise touchpoints.
There are also protective screens in place at all desks to make sure all payments are made safely.

Abbey Gardens

Abbey Church and all facilities are now closed until further notice

As we reopen our grounds, gardens and facilities to visitors we would like to draw your attention to the measures we have taken and those we would like you to take when you visit.

One way routes and safe distancing guidelines throughout all of our gardens.

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

Dogs are not permitted on site with the exception of registered assistance ones.

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.

Please click here to enquire about coach/group bookings


Monday to Saturday: 10:00 to 16:00
Sunday: 11.00 to 16:00

Gates will close shortly after 16.00