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Yelverton ,
Devon, PL20 6EY

01822 853607

01822 855448


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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open:

18th Feb - 27th Feb; daily; 11am - 4.30pm
4th Mar - 6th Mar; Fri - Sun; 11am - 4.30pm
12th Mar - 30th Oct; daily; 10.30am - 5.30pm
4th Nov - 11th Dec; Fri - Sun; 11am - 4.30pm
16th Dec - 23rd Dec; daily; 11am - 4.30pm
Last admission 45mins before closing

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: Yes

As above

National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:


To see:

Herb Garden, New Elizabethan garden

Admission Prices

Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets)
Abbey, garden and estate: adult £9 (£8.05), child £4.50 (£4), family £22.50 (£20.40), family (1 adult) £13.50 (£12.20).
Garden and estate: adult £4.50 (£4.05), child £2.30 (£2).
Reduced rate when arriving by bicycle or public transport

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: No
Other Facilities & Comments:

Dogs allowed in car park only. Telephone for.

Garden Features & Events

700-year-old buildings, which were home to Elizabethan seafarers Drake and Grenville, set in the beautiful Tavy Valley; Home of Elizabethan seafarer Sir Francis Drake; Explore 700 years of history through interactive displays; Secluded location in beautiful Tavy Valley; Rumoured to be haunted by Drake and accompanying 'hell hounds'; Hands-on activities; Estate Letterbox Trail and Tracker Pack

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Harrabeer Country House Hotel, Yelverton

Inns & Pubs:

Peter Tavy Inn

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:
Description of Garden

The garden at Buckand Abbey is a tranquil spot and it is not hard to imagine that Cistercian monks once walked here hundreds of years ago. But, in fact, the garden is largely a twentieth century creation. The planting around the Abbey's lawns is an informal mix of eucryphia, camellia, azalea, rhododendron and acer with some more unusual plants.

To the north of the Abbey, the destruction of the ancient yew walk by gales and root disease has given the Trust the opportunity to create the new Elizabethan garden. Evidence from historical sources was the inspiration for the design for this evolving garden, which includes features such as a circular pool, granite steps and topiary bushes, box-edged beds containing examples of plants that would have been grown in Tudor times, a grassy meadow and a small orchard planted with old fruit varieties. Between the Elizabethan garden and the wall of the Great Barn are three galvanised wire sculptures of sheep, a reminder of the flocks farmed by the Cistercian monks at Buckland. Other sculptures can be found throughout the grounds and estate walks.

History Of Garden

The Great Barn dates from the 13th century. Vita Sackville-West suggested the idea of a herb garden beyond it during a visit in 1953.