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Nestled in the shadow of Dartmoor, in a beautiful wooded valley beside the river Dart, Buckfast Abbey offers visitors a tranquil refuge from the hectic pace of everyday life.The Abbey is a working monastery where a community of Benedictine monks live self-sufficiently, welcoming visitors from all around the world and in 2018 celebrates 1000 years of its foundations.

At the heart of the site is the Abbey Church, a spiritual haven for the many thousands of visitors who come each year. There is an overwhelming sense of peace as soon as you enter the grounds with the church surrounded by gardens which in the summer come alive with colour.

Within the Abbey precinct, visitors can browse in the Bookshop or visit the Monastic Shop which has an extraordinary array of products made by nuns and monks across Europe. Our exciting new Exhibition will be opening at Easter, 2018 and our new Gift Shop will be opening in early December 2018.

In the Grange Restaurant, you can relax and enjoy tea and homemade cakes or choose from a range of hot meals and light snacks which are changed daily.

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

Why not extend yuor stay at our comfortable and affordable Northgate House Hotel?

Dog Friendly Regrettably only assistance dogs are permitted.

Opening times


9am to 6pm

Book Shop & Monastic Produce Shop

Mon - Sat: 9.30 am to 5pm

Sundays: Noon to 5pm

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday

Gift Shop

Mon - Sat: 10.00 am to 4pm

Closed Sundays

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday

The Grange Restaurant

Mon - Sat: 9.00 am to 5pm (4pm during the winter months*)

Sundays: 10am to 4.30pm (4pm during the winter months*)

*Winter months run from the last day of October Half Term to the start of Easter school holidays.

The Grange Restaurant is closed Christmas Day but open on Boxing Day and Good Friday.

Location Map



Entrance and parking is FREE and there is easy access to all facilities.

By Road Buckfast Abbey is only half a mile from the A38 Devon Expressway, midway between Exeter and Plymouth.

By Rail The nearest stations are Newton Abbot and Totnes, both 20 minutes’ drive form the Abbey.

By Bus A local bus service operates from Newton Abbot and Paignton to Buckfast. There is also a coach service between Exeter and Plymouth which stops at the Buckfast slip road on the A38. The Abbey is a half-mile walk.

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  • Family Friendly
  • All Weather
  • Accessible For All
  • Free Car Parking
  • Open All Year
  • Shopping
  • Group Bookings
  • Educational Visits
  • Coaches Accepted Off Road
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