Buckfast Abbey

Nestled in the shadow of Dartmoor, in a beautiful wooded valley beside the river Dart, Buckfast Abbey is a working monastery offering visitors a tranquil refuge from the hectic pace of everyday life.

About this church

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 with an overwhelming sense of peace. The church is surrounded by gardens which in the summer come alive with colour. Spacious lawns and three specialist garden areas are maintained for pleasure and relaxation. These comprise a lavender garden, a physic garden and a sensory garden.

A gentle stroll along well laid paths leads to carefully thought out areas which help to aid in a relaxing visit. Many gems and hidden garden areas are also there for the finding, including the 'secret garden’. 

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Wildlife haven
  • Social heritage stories
  • National heritage here

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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