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Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh

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Religious Site Historic Site
Visit the site of a 1,000-year-old abbey at Buckfast Abbey, still home to Benedictine monks. Learn about monastic life through a 20-minute film at the Audiovisual Center. Take a walk through the Lavender Garden, home to 150 varieties of lavender. Seat yourself besides a babbling brook and among honeysuckle vines at the Sensory and Physic Gardens. At the Monastic Produce Shop, shop for products such as beers, wines, liquors, candles, silks, and perfumes made by monks and nuns all over the continent. A visit to Buckfast Abbey represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Buckfastleigh vacation route planner to plot your vacation.
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  • This was our second visit of the day, it wa sunny and warm and we're pleased to find a car park spot in the shade. The remarkable thing for a Devon visit was that the car park and entry were all FREE!...  more »
  • What a fantastic building with a tremendous atmosphere. The history is incredible. We were lucky enough to arrive during choir practice - what a treat! Quiet chapel at back has stunning stained glass ...  more »
  • We came here a few years ago when my sister and I were younger, it left such an impact that when we were asked where we'd like to go we just had to return here. The scenery around the Benedictine mona...  more »
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  • It's a beautiful tranquil awesome place where you can relax and enjoy the Abbey grounds in summer. I just love being there. The book shop is great, they have all the books on every Religion. If it's not there, the wonderful staff will order it for you and telephone your home when the item arrives at the Abbey. Food is terrific. There is lots to choose from, from a cream tea to delicious lunches and cheese/s and crackers and a pot of tea. Something for everyone. I would highly recommend a visit to gorgeous Buckfast Abbey. I love being there.
  • Lovely day at an amazing venue. The Abbey is very impressive and the grounds are immaculately kept. We only came to see the Abbey due to our interest in bee keeping and wanted to see where the Buckfast bees originated. However, we found the history interesting and the renovation of the Abbey fascinating. The restaurant is very clean and the meals are good value for money. I can highly recommend the Ham, eggs and chips, delicious and very filling. As there are no admission charges, we could spend extra in the Monastic Shop, which has a wide variety of wonderful products. I also noticed how accessible the site is to anyone with any disability.
  • The location and Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament make this a very special place to visit.
  • Tranquil & spiritual, a lovely setting. Good food as well.
  • There is no entry price to walk around this tranquil and very peaceful Benedictine Abbey to grab some R & R time. The gardens are exquisitely beautiful and are great to walk through at any time of the year. There is a restaurant here selling very tasty locally sourced produce.

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