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Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh

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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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  • We stayed in ashburton village in a bed and breakfast the old coffee house .. b &b was superb as was the breakfast . The pub over the road was full of friendly welcoming locals all wanting to chat ......  more »
  • The abbey is relatively newly restored after Henry VIII's ravages and the story of the few monks who rebuilt it is fascinating. The setting is peaceful and beautiful. We visited on Boxing Day and ther...  more »
  • Worth locating the audio-visual display (through the shop) first for information on the Abbey and monks. The Abbey itself is very ornate (to the point of distraction from its religious significance) b...  more »
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  • Abbey is interesting but all designed to sell you stuff.
  • It is one of the most awesome places I could visit. The grounds are gorgeous, lavender gardens, lovely. The Restaurant is picturesque and all the home cooked food is beautiful. I love being there. I would suggest everyone has a visit there. You won't be disappointed. There are bookshops too if you want to browse and a Monastic shop for soaps etc as well as a beautiful gift shop.
  • Beautiful and tranquil place to visit. Only one problem, there are no dogs allowed on site so one of us looked around while the other stayed in the car with the dog and we couldn't stay as long as we would have liked.
  • "THE ABBEY" was originally built by the "MONKS", using wooden scaffolding and has been recently refurbished...... "THE ABBEY" sits next to the "RIVER DART", in a quiet river valley..... In the open and enclosed gardens "MONKS and "NUNS" grow herbs, the pollen of which attracts numerous "BEES", on warm summer days......"SWALLOWS" fly at speed over the open lawns during the summer and "BUZZARDS" some times circle overhead, with a "HERRING GULL" taking advantage of a tall spire.......You can see "THE ABBEY" from up on the hills and "BUCKFAST CHURCH", (the burnt out remains of), is also set on top of a cliff........ Look out for "THE RARE PROTECTED BATS" in the evening twilight, some of which can navigate the "RIVER DART" to fly as far as "TOTNES"......."THE ABBEY" shop is well stocked with "RELIGIOUS ITEMS", which you can purchase, along with hand made products sent here by "THE NUNS" of "FRANCE", such as "SOAP BARS", which are very nice.........Sit in the grounds, enjoy an "ANNIVERSARY DINNER" at the "RESTAURANT", admire the decorative interior of "THE ABBEY"........"BUCKFAST ABBEY", crafted by hand and dedicated enthusiasm of "RELIGOUS BELIEFS", by those who support, help "LOCAL COMMUNITIES" in many different ways.......Enjoy the "PEACE" at the "ICONIC BUCKFAST ABBEY" just like the other "VISITORS from ALL OVER THE WORLD"...............
  • Very beautiful in the heart of the South Hams. Peace and tranquility in an idyllic setting.