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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

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.

The Monastic Way Exhibition is open from 10am to 3:30pm with the last entry at 3:00pm

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.

Buckfast Abbey Gardens
01364 645507

For a list of all Gardening Events, please click here

Seeds & Cuttings August 2019

Wednesday 28th August 2019 | £3.00

Seeds & Cuttings
A more practical tour taking seeds and cuttings from our grounds with the Abbey’s Head Gardener and Maia Hall. Meet outside The Grange Restaurant at 11am £3 pp


A Talk by our Head Beekeeper September 2019

Wednesday 11th September 2019 | £11.00

Plants and Pollination
A talk by our Head Beekeeper. Clare has a wealth of knowledge about individual plants and how they can help the bee population.
Talk includes tea/coffee & cake. £11 pp

All Garden events are subject to minimum numbers, please check the websit...


Grange Restaurant


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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.


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

9.00 – 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 / Dogs

There is free parking available all day at Buckfast Abbey, with lots of spaces for coaches. Overnight parking is not permitted - there are plenty of pleasant camping/caravaning sites in the local area.

Only Assistance dogs are allowed on our grounds. Sadly, this is due to the selfish behaviour of a minority of dog owners in the past. There are some pleasant places nearby in Buckfastleigh and Hembury Woods to walk your dog.

There are 3 sets of public toilets (including disabled) available around the Abbey grounds, by the coach park, lavender garden and Grange Restaurant.

External First Aid cover is provided for visitors through the day. The First Aid room is located under the Grange Restaurant, beside the toilets. First Aid kits are kept in various locations around the site.

There are many other places to visit locally, such as the South Devon Railway, Butterfly & Otter sanctuary and Pennywell Farm. Buckfastleigh town is just a few minutes away and Ashburton a 5 minute drive, both, well worth a visit. If you are on holiday in the area and looking for other days out, we would recommend you using the 'Devon Association of Tourist Attractions' site, of which we are a member:

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.

We use the word 'vocation' to describe a call from God to follow His Son Jesus Christ in the way of life he shows us in the gospels. For some people, this call is to devote their life to serving God in a radical and all-encompassing way as a member of a Religious Order.

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Children's Book Festival July 11th - 14th

We had two days of workshops for primary schools (Thursday 11th and Friday 12th) and two festival days for families (Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th) which involved workshops, talks, events and shows!

Oaks and Acorns - August Sessions

Buckfast Abbey is 'branching' out with a series of sessions for grandparents and toddlers. 10:30am to 12pm These sessions are FREE, however Booking is essential Book now or call 01364 645517 to reserve your space and pay on the day. 'Oaks and Acorns' makes the most of the glorious setting and great facilities on offer at the Abbey and makes for a fun filled morning for the young and young at heart alike. With the hands on help of our experienced Education team, toddlers and grandparents will have the opportunity to get stuck into a wide variety of activities from getting their fingers green in the gardens, to exploring shape and colour through the windows and artwork on show in the Abbey Church. Each session involves storytelling, exploration, messy making and much more.

Exhibition of Weaving, Spinning and Dyeing

Exhibition of Weaving, Spinning and Dyeing 10am to 5pm Friday 23rd to Monday 26th August 2019 FREE Entry

Bank Holiday Organ Recital: Mark James & Alberto Brigandì

A rare opportunity to hear Verdi's masterful Requiem performed in this version for two organists (four hands and four feet!)