Buckland Abbey

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Yelverton ,
Devon, PL20 6EY

01822 853607

01822 855448


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2018-01-06 03:27:26

Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

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

11th Feb - 28th Oct; daily; 10am - 5:00pm Last admission at 4:30pm

29th Oct - 31st Dec; daily; 10am - 4:00pm Last admission at 3:30pm

Parties/Coaches: Yes

Coach parties are welcome. We have a coach parking area available.

Group Appointment: Yes

Please call 01822 853607 to book in your group before visiting.

House Open for Viewing: Yes

As above

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


To see:

Herb Garden, Elizabethan Garden, Cider House Garden

Admission Prices

Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets)
Abbey, garden and estate: adult £12.80 (£11.55), child £6.40 (£5.80), family £31.90 (£29.00), family (1 adult) £19.20 (£17.40).

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

Dogs allowed on estate walks only.

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:

Drake Manor Inn, Buckland Monachorum

Royal Oak, Meavy

Rock Inn, Yelverton

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:


Burrator Reservoir

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.

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