Buckfast Abbey

Buckfast, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0EE

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Buckfast Abbey Church is open from 7.45am - 8.20pm (7.00pm on Saturday), the gardens, Grange Restaurant and Shops are open 10am - 4.30pm daily; on Sundays Shops open 11.30am - 4.30pm.

Located at the centre of a picturesque valley on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, Buckfast Abbey is home to a community of Roman Catholic Benedictine Monks, who live their lives of prayer, work and study according to the ancient rule of St Benedict.

The heart of our site is the Abbey Church and Monastery – the place in which the Monastic Community lives and prays at various times throughout the day. Our site is historic – the original Abbey being founded in 1018 AD, by King Cnut.

Today, our site is a flourishing complex of buildings which the monks have continually developed to aid them in realising their vision for Buckfast - to be a national centre of witness to God, and

the Roman Catholic faith. To that end, the community places a great value upon hospitality, and welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

Our site includes beautiful, spacious gardens, a restaurant, multiple shops, a conference centre, a hotel plus a range of guest accommodation.

Escape for a while at Buckfast – worlds away from the busy rush of the everyday and just a few minutes from the A38.

Guide Prices

Free Entry and Free Parking.
Coaches must book in advance please by emailing groupvisits@buckfast.org.uk.

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

* Buckfast Abbey Church is open from 7.45am - 8.20pm (7.00pm on Saturday), the gardens, and shops are open 10am - 4.30pm daily (Grange Restaurant at 5pm); on Sundays Shops open 11.30am - 4.30pm.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Assistance Dogs
  • Guide Dogs Permitted

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant

Establishment Features

  • Dog Friendly - Dogs are welcome around the gardens and grounds on leads, and can also join their owners on the covered terrace in the Grange Restaurant, however only assistance dogs are permitted in buildings.

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

From the A38 Plymouth to Exeter expressway, take the Dart Bridge turn off and follow the brown directional signs to Buckfast Abbey, turning right at the Dart Bridge roundabout into Buckfast Road. Follow the road to the mini roundabout and take first exit – the main Abbey car park is to your right.

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Public Transport Directions

By Rail - The nearest stations are Newton Abbot and Totnes, both only 20 minutes drive from the Abbey. By Bus - The local bus service, Stagecoach number 88, operates from Newton Abbot and Totnes to Buckfast. There is also a coach service between Exeter and Plymouth which stops in Buckfastleigh. The Abbey is a half-mile walk.

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Events

22nd June 2024 - 22nd June 2024

Music at Buckfast AbbeyGrand-Orgue Recital: Jeremy Filsell at Buckfast AbbeyJeremy Filsell’s musical eminence as a pianist and organist is attested by his having forged an illustrious career on both sides of the Atlantic.
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29th June 2024 - 29th June 2024

Music at Buckfast AbbeyMissa Salve regina at Buckfast AbbeyTorbay Singers performs Langlais’s dramatic Missa Salve regina for choir, organ and brass. Their programme also features music by Hassler and organ solos which continue the French theme.
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6th July 2024 - 6th July 2024

Music at Buckfast AbbeyCoronation Anthems at Buckfast AbbeyBrent Singers performs Handel’s Coronation Anthems and Mozart’s Coronation Mass in the glorious acoustic of Buckfast Abbey.
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13th July 2024 - 13th July 2024

Music at Buckfast AbbeyGrand-Orgue Recital: Simon Johnson at Buckfast AbbeyMaster of Music at Westminster Cathedral, Simon Johnson, presents a programme illustrating the breadth of French organ music, together with some works by Bach that show the great master’s debt to Gallic musical influences.
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21st Sept 2024 - 21st Sept 2024

Music at Buckfast AbbeyGrand-Orgue Recital: Loreto Aramendi at Buckfast AbbeyInternational virtuoso Loreto Aramendi performs works by Liszt, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Franck and Tournemire. With an impressive background as a recording artist, harpsichordist and pianist, Loreto is currently a conservatoire professor in San Sebastián.
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5th Oct 2024 - 5th Oct 2024

Music at Buckfast AbbeyMesse brève at Buckfast AbbeyWest Devon Chorale returns to Buckfast with an eclectic programme including Yves Castagnet’s scintillating Messe brève.
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12th Oct 2024 - 12th Oct 2024

Music at Buckfast AbbeyGrand-Orgue Recital: Charles Maxtone-Smith at Buckfast AbbeyIn his inaugural recital, Charles Maxtone-Smith plays Baroque and 20th century works including Franz Liszt’s Fantasy and Fugue on the chorale “Ad nos, ad salutarem undam”.
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19th Oct 2024 - 19th Oct 2024

Music at Buckfast AbbeyPoulenc: Gloria at Buckfast AbbeyCollati Singers performs Palestrina’s Missa Ascendo ad Patrem meum and Poulenc’s celebrated setting of the Gloria. The concert also includes Jonathan Dove’s short, sparkling anthem They will rise.
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2nd Nov 2024 - 2nd Nov 2024

Music at Buckfast AbbeyDuruflé: Requiem at Buckfast AbbeyOn the day when the Church marks the commemoration of the faithful departed, the Abbey Choir is joined by the Southern Sinfonia for a performance of Duruflé’s Requiem. Duruflé himself gave the premiere of Poulenc’s Organ Concerto, which features in the first half alongside Requiem æternam (Pavane…
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16th Nov 2024 - 16th Nov 2024

Music at Buckfast AbbeyBefore the ending of the day at Buckfast AbbeySouth West Chamber Choir performs a programme on the theme of eventide, the losing of those we love and our own closing years, with choral works from Tomkins and Boyce to Elgar and Howells.
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30th Nov 2024 - 30th Nov 2024

Music at Buckfast AbbeyCome & Sing Advent Carol Service at Buckfast AbbeyA 'come and sing' Carol Service on the eve of Advent Sunday, including popular hymns and carols in preparation for the celebration of Christ’s Nativity.
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7th Dec 2024 - 7th Dec 2024

Music at Buckfast AbbeyO magnum mysterium at Buckfast AbbeyReflecting on and celebrating the approach of Christmas, the voices of Exeter Chamber Choir are swelled by the glorious sound of brass in carols and seasonal music across the ages.
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7th Dec 2024 - 21st Dec 2024

Music at Buckfast AbbeyFestival Carol Service at Buckfast AbbeyIn the final days of our Advent journey, Buckfast Abbey presents a sequence of readings, traditional Christmas carols and choral music sung by the Abbey Choir.
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