Devon TQ11 0EE
On this visit to Buckfast Abbey, we shall have a conducted tour of Buckfast Abbey Gardens. At Buckfast there are spacious lawns and three specialist garden areas: a Lavender garden, a Physic garden, and a Sensory Garden. Everywhere there are unusual trees which give a magnificence and splendour to the grounds.
12.00 Lunch – those who wish to do so can have lunch or snacks at the Grange Restaurant, but seating will probably be outside. The restaurant commands spectacular views of the Abbey and the surrounding countryside,
2.00 pm The conducted tour will last about an hour and a half, and will cost £3 per person.
It will be led by the head gardener, who is knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
The Abbey and grounds are usually open from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm. Members are free to visit the Abbey, but it will be closed to visitors from 12 to 12.30 when a Mass is held.
There are also three interesting shops nearby which may be open (Covid-19 permitting). The Monastic Produce Shop sells items (beers, wines, jams, honeys, etc.) made by monks and nuns in Europe and beyond. The Bookshop has a wide range of religious and other books, while The Gift Shop sells other items.
https://www.buckfast.org.uk/ Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, Devon TQ11 0EE
Please remember to bring your facemask.
By road: Buckfast Abbey is half a mile from the A38, and mid-way between Exeter and Plymouth. There is ample free parking at the Abbey.
By bus: There are two options. The first would be to take the 9.50 am No. 7 bus from Exeter, arriving Newton Abbot at 10.45 am. From Newton Abbot there is an 88 bus at 10.50 am, which gets to Buckfast at 11.22 am. There are hourly return buses, at 38 minutes past the hour. Another option is to take the X38 bus from Exeter at 9.30 am towards Plymouth, and get off at Station Approach, Buckfastleigh, at 10.20 am. From there it is a half-mile walk to the Abbey at Buckfast. The return bus to Exeter runs every two hours.
If you would like to join this tour, please contact Frances Canning by 13 July:
francesandedwardATblueyonder.co.uk 01392 209 542