Buckland Abbey, Yelverton

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In the 13th century, Buckland Abbey was home to the Cistercian monks who built the abbey and the incredible Great Barn and farmed the then vast estate.

The Abbey, now a house with a combination of furnished rooms and interactive museum galleries, tells the story of how two seafaring adventurers - Sir Richard Grenville and Sir Francis Drake - changed the shape of the house and the fate of the country.

Discover the Buckland estate, the meadows, the orchards and the late spring bluebells. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Tavy Valley and the far-reaching views.
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  • Visited during half term.Weather very wet and windy ,so no walks around the grounds. We will have to go back just to do the Kitchen gardens and grounds.( not a hardship) One of the best national Trust...  more »
  • We visited Buckland House in the winter; so we didn't visit the gardens, and stayed indoors. Never the less, we spent spent many enjoyable hours in the house. The interest in the house was definitely ...  more »
  • If you love history and stunning countryside, this is the place to visit. Friendly staff and seeing a Renbrant on display was awesome.  more »
  • Beautiful place, lovely dog walks, nice little cafe. The house is amazing, really interesting. The gardens area immaculate. No dog poo bins or general bins which is strange. Definitely go and see the history around Sir Frances Drake.
  • Beautiful gardens so well maintained. Really interesting walk through important elements of English history in the abbey. Architecturally interesting - must see the huge Tithe barn. Plenty of a paces for kids to play.
  • Interesting having the #ArtOfReflection exhibits around the site which I enjoyed. Also great having the little video to watch before going to the Abbey. But I feel like there was a lot missing from this NT site. I don't feel like I learned much after the video apart from how to tie a couple different knots. The Art was brilliant but I was hoping to learn more about the Abbey itself.
  • Very atmospheric place full of interesting exhibits and some lovely walks.
  • Beautiful house with a rich heritage. Too much to see in one visit. A must to revisit.
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