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Buckfast Abbey

Buckfast Abbey

Nestled in the shadow of Dartmoor, in a beautiful wooded valley beside the river Dart, Buckfast Abbey offers visitors a tranquil refuge from the hectic pace of everyday life. The Abbey is a working monastery where a community of Benedictine monks live self-sufficiently, welcoming visitors from all around the world.

At the heart of the site is the Abbey Church, a spiritual haven for the many thousands of visitors who come each year. There is an overwhelming sense of peace as soon as you enter the grounds with the church surrounded by gardens which in the summer come alive with colour.

Within the Abbey precinct, visitors can browse in the Bookshop or visit the Monastic Shop which has an extraordinary array of products made by nuns and monks across Europe. There is also a gift shop and information point by the Westgate entrance.

In the Grange Restaurant, you can relax and enjoy tea and homemade cakes or choose from a range of hot meals and light snacks which are changed daily.

Escape for a while at Buckfast – worlds away from the busy rush of the everyday and just a few minutes from the A38.

Monastic Way

Monastic Way

Find out more about the life of the Benedictine Monks of Buckfast Abbey by visiting the Monastic Way. An enriching experience that includes a detailed history of Buckfast Abbey and the Benedictine Community with animations, film and interactive models.

Open daily from 10am to 3.30pm (PM only on Sundays)

Buckfast Abbey Gardens

The Gardens at Buckfast Abbey offer a tranquil easily accessible and inviting space around the Abbey Church.

Spacious lawns and three specialist garden areas are maintained for your pleasure and relaxation.

There is a Lavender garden, a Physic garden and a Sensory garden.

A gentle stroll along well laid paths leads you to carefully thought out areas which help to make you feel both relaxed and interested.

There are many gems or hidden garden areas which are there for the finding.

Whether through the main car park to the 'secret garden' or the lavender walk along the Southgate footpath.

Everywhere there are specialist trees which give a magnificence and splendour to the grounds. There is something for everyone.

Offering free entry all year round, the shrubs, the trees, the ornamental grasses and the herbaceous planting has been chosen to provide year round interest.



For a list of all Gardening Events, please click here

Upcoming events

Garden Quiz. November 22nd - Thursday 3pm

November 22nd - Thursday 3pm | £3.00

This event will be no more than an hour for the questions and we have a tea break in the middle. Plants will be offered as prizes. (Refreshments available from the Grange Restaurant)

Christmas Wreath Making. December 5th - Wednesday 2.30pm - 4.30pm

December 5th - Wednesday 2.30pm - 4.30pm | £15.00

A whole variety of foliage and ideas for different wreaths. Includes festival refreshments. Cost includes all materials and refreshments.

Grange Restaurant

The Grange Restaurant commands spectacular views of Buckfast Abbey and surrounding countryside. There is a large, restaurant that can seat up to 200 visitors together with a stylish outside covered patio with further outside areas.

Bookings

Lunch groups and parties, as well as cream tea parties are always welcome, booking is required.  

It is recommended that large parties reserve seating where possible. Disabled access is excellent but please contact us by phone or e-mail if you have any special requirements.

Parties and Events

The Grange Restaurant is also open for evening functions between September and May for up to 120 people. We can also cater for smaller, private events/parties (christenings etc.) in our upstairs long room for up to 33 people which is available all year. For more information, menu options and how to book, please see our events brochure.

All menus for events/parties can be tailored to suit individual requirements if necessary.

Free wi-fi access is available within the building, and free onsite parking

Contact and Opening Times

The Grange Restaurant

Winter Months

9.30 – 4.30 (4pm January to February half term)

Summer Months

9.00 – 5.00 (Easter to end of October half term)

For enquiries please call 01364 645504

Abbey Shops

Welcome to the Buckfast Abbey Shops. Located directly opposite the Abbey, we have three departments from which to choose. 

Our award winning Monastic Produce Shop sells items made by monks and nuns in Europe and beyond. This includes a large range of Trappist Beers, wines from Austria, jams, honeys, toiletries, cards, candles, icons and statues. We also sell fudge made on site by our own monks. These Monastic items make unusual gifts or treats. Our mission is to support and promote other monastic communities and we welcome you to help us in this. 

Our Book Shop has a wide range of religious books as well as Local Interest, Fiction, Poetry and General Interest. We also stock a very large selection of Greetings Cards for many occasions. We are a supplier of resources to Churches and Schools. We sell and redeem National Book Tokens. 

Our Gift Shop has gifts for many religious celebrations including Baptisms and Christenings, First Holy Communion and Weddings. We also sell crucifixes, crosses, rosaries and other repository goods, together with religious and non religious jewellery, greetings cards, toys and souvenirs. 

We sell Gift Vouchers which can be redeemed exclusively in these shops and a Mail Order service is available, (excluding items restricted by Royal Mail regulations.) With a large, free car park on site, peaceful surroundings and onsite tea rooms, we make an ideal alternative to the bustle of the High Streets. 

Buckfast Abbey is a member of the Cathedral and Church Shops Association (CCSA).

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01364 645506.

Directions and Parking

There is free parking available all day at Buckfast Abbey, while the parking at Saint Cuthbert’s Conference Centre is open from 8am to 5pm.

Assisting dogs only allowed on Buckfast Abbey grounds.

There are toilets (including disabled) available around the Abbey grounds near the Grange Restaurant, at Northgate House and at St. Cuthbert’s Conference Centre.


Professional First Aid cover is provided for visitors from 10.00am every day. The First Aid room is under the Grange Restaurant, beside the toilets. Anywhere with a phone will be able to call the qualified first-aider for you. First Aid kits are kept in the Grange Restaurant, the Monastic Produce Shop, the Bookshop, the Offices and the Abbey Church.

Directions:
By Road Buckfast Abbey is 0.5 miles from the A38 Devon Expressway, midway between Exeter and Plymouth.

By Rail The nearest stations are Newton Abbot and Totnes, both only 20 minutes drive from the Abbey.

By Bus The local bus service, Stagecouch number 88, operates from Newton Abbot and Totnes to Buckfast. There is also a coach service between Exeter and Plymouth which stops in Buckfastleigh. The Abbey is a half-mile walk.

Entrance and parking is FREE and there is easy access to all facilities.


Commemoration of All Souls - 2nd November 2018

On the eve of All Souls the graves of past members of the Community are lighted with lamps. Following the Conventual Mass the Monastic Cemetery is blessed.

Millennium Monastic Celebration - 27th October 2018

The Abbot Primate, the Right Reverend Gregory Polan O.S.B. presided at a Solemn Mass on Saturday 27th October in thanksgiving for the Millennium Anniversary of the Granting of the Foundation Charter. Representatives of Monastic Communities were present for the Mass. This Monastic Celebration was held at this time, as monks returned to Buckfast on 28th October 1882 and rebuilt the monastery on its medieval foundations. As the 28th, the feast of Saints Simon and Jude was a Sunday, a votive Mass of the Apostles was celebrated the day before.

English Benedictine Congregation Conference - October 2018

The E.B.C. Continuing Formation Commission arranged a conference at Buckfast with the theme "Taking Responsibility for Your Community". Representatives from all the communities of the E.B.C. were present. Speakers were Baroness Sheila Hollins, Sister Anna Brennan and Abbot Jeremias Schroeder. The conference was also assisted by Caryn Vanstone, Bruno Dalbiez, Father Andrew Browne and Marie Grant.

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Millennium Christmas Food and Craft Weekend

The Christmas Event will be across 3 locations – Schiller Hall, the downstairs of the Guest Hall and The Grange Terrace.
At this years Christmas Food and Craft Fair we have:-

Craft Stalls
Food Stalls
Food and Drink workshops
Craft Workshops
Kids Activities (Education department)
Christmas BBQ
Mulled Wine/Cider/Applejuice
Roast Chestnuts
Carol Singing and Live Entertainment
Internal Department Stalls

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