Buckfast Abbey sits in a quiet Devon valley, and people have sought it out for centuries as they search for religion, for peace or just for some time to reflect. The abbey is not only home to a colony of monks but it welcomes visitors throughout the year – and if you feel like you’ve heard of it before it may be that you’ve come across the rather heady wine produced by its residents!
The abbey church is an imposing and beautiful building and it’s thought work started on it in the thirteenth century. It was constructed by the abbey’s own monks and the version visitors see today was finally completed in 1938. The Blessed Sacrement Chapel is home to a striking piece of stained glass that depicts the Last Supper, and it’s unique as it was created using enormous blocks of glass for a dramatic effect.
Step outside of the abbey and you’ll be free to wander the lawns and gardens that surround it. Explore the thought and empathy behind the sensory garden and enjoy the unmistakable scent of the lavender garden, no matter which time of year you visit them you’ll be awed. The abbey is open every day of the week, although you’ll find that the monks use the church for prayer several times each day. There’s a free car park, and Buckfast Abbey hosts events throughout the year.