Buckland Abbey Dartmoor
National Trust
Nr Yelverton
Devon PL20 6EY
 
 

Buckland Abbey is famous for being the home of that adventurous seaman, Sir Francis Drake.

Drake lived here for 15 years and his family was associated with the area for several centuries. The Drake family chapel can be found in the Church of St Andrew, Buckland Monachorum.
 
Prior to the Dissolution of the Monasteries, Buckland was a Cistercian abbey founded in 1278. In 1541 King Henry VIII sold Buckland to Sir Richard Grenville, who began converting the abbey into a residence. He was helped in this endeavour by his son Roger, commander of the ill-fated Tudor warship ‘Mary Rose’.
 
Roger died when the ‘Mary Rose’ sank but the Buckland residence was completed by his son who eventually sold it, in 1581, to Sir Francis Drake. Despite marrying twice, Sir Francis left no living children. However, Buckland Abbey passed to collateral branches of his family and many of his descendants lived there until 1946. The property came into the care of the National Trust in 1948.
 
Drake's Drum
The house contains a lot of Drake memorabilia including the famous ‘Drake's Drum’. Click on this link to read of the legend of the drum and its supernatural powers. The drum is said to have accompanied Sir Francis on his circumnavigation of the world.
 
The Elizabethan costumes on display have been copied from contemporary portraits using traditional materials and methods.
 
Gardens & Estate
The abbey’s lovely Elizabethan walled garden, remaining monastic buildings and estate lie in the secluded wooded valley of the river Tavy. There are four woodland riverbank walks and a Letterbox Trail. Wildflowers abound and the woodland is carpeted in bluebells during the late spring.
 
Golden Hinde
If you are interested in Sir Francis Drake and are in London, you may be interested in visiting the replica of his Golden Hinde in St Mary Overie dock, Southwark.
 
Ox Yard Restaurant
The restaurant is open for lunches and specialises in serving produce grown on the Estate
 
Plan Your Visit
Accommodation - Search & Book through Booking.com here:

 

 
Admission Times
All year but with reduced days during winter.
Summer:  Monday - Sunday:  11:00 to 17:00 hours
Check the National Trust website (link below) for latest times.
 
Admission Costs
Check the National Trust website (link below) for latest Admission Costs.
 
Disabled Access
Partially accessible. The Abbey is on steep slopes with some uneven paths;
Designated disabled parking spaces are available with a buggy service operating daily;
Ramped main entrance. Wheelchairs available. Ground floor is accessible by wheelchair - stairs to other floors. 119 steps on normal visitor route;
Disabled toilet.
 
Facilities
Restaurant serving hot meals 12:00 – 14:30. Light snacks and hot drinks available all day.
Baby-changing and feeding facilities plus parent and baby room.
Back-carrying baby packs and hip-carrying infant seats for loan.
Gift shop.

Tip:  Mobile signal is very poor across the estate.
 
Events
Numerous events organised including costumed re-enactments.
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone  +44 (0) 1822 853 607
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Getting There
- By Car (Recommended)
Turn off the A386, a quarter of a mile (402 metres) south of Yelverton.
SatNav: We do not advise the use of a SatNav to find Buckland Abbey. Please follow the brown signs.
 
- Parking
 Free, 150 yards (137 metres)
 
- By Rail
Train to Plymouth which is 11 miles (18 km) from Buckland Abbey. Continue journey by local bus.
 
- By Local Bus - services are limited
Refer to the National Trust website above and select 'How to get here'
 
Google Map - Buckland Abbey