Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh

4.4
#1 of 10 in Historic Sites in Dartmoor National Park
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. See Buckfast Abbey and all Buckfastleigh has to offer by arranging your trip with our Buckfastleigh attractions site .
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  • August 19, 2017
    I've passed the brown tourist signs on A38 to Abbey many times but this is the first time I've visited. Must admit I went more out of curiosity after controversy about the tonic wine made by the monks...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Beautiful gardens and an absolutely stunning abbey to walk around The whole setting is well tended and peaceful The coffee shop is nice and the staff very friendly Not a whole day out but well worth a...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    When you enter this Abbey Church falls on how quiet it is here. Everyone is impressed by this monumental Church. It's become a spiritual place where many believers from all over England. The Abbey was founded in 1932 and is a major tourist attraction. If you are there early in the morning, there's not too many people and you can walk around quietly in the Abbey. Be sure not to look up in the Church, to the wonderful large images.
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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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