Originally a prosperous 13th-century Cistercian Abbey, and then home of the Grenville family, Buckland Abbey was sold to Sir Francis Drake in 1581, who lived there until his death in 1596. Several restored buildings house a fascinating exhibition about the Abbey's history. Among the exhibits is Drake's Drum, which is said to give warning of danger to England. There is an Elizabethan garden, estate walks and a letterbox trail.
Facilities – at a glance
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Facilities: Wheelchairs and motorised buggy, buggy from car park to Abbey
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Abbey open 10 Feb-28 Oct, daily 11-5; Nov weekdays by tour only, weekends 11-4; 1-23 Dec, daily 11-4. Estate, gardens, shop, restaurant and gallery, daily 10-5; Nov-Dec 10-4
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About the area
With magnificent coastlines, two historic cities and the world-famous Dartmoor National Park, Devon sums up all that is best about the British landscape. For centuries it has been a fashionable and much loved holiday destination – especially south Devon’s glorious English Riviera.
Close to the English Riviera lies Dartmoor, one of the south-west’s most spectacular landscapes. The National Park, which contains Dartmoor, covers 365 square miles and includes many fascinating geological features – isolated granite tors and two summits exceeding 2,000 feet among them.
Not surprisingly, in Dartmoor the walking opportunities are enormous. Cycling in the two National Parks is also extremely popular and there is a good choice of off-road routes taking you to the heart of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Devon’s towns and cities offer stimulating alternatives to the rigours of the countryside.
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