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Buckland Abbey, Garden & Estate (Historic House)

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Explore the fascinating Buckland Abbey The one-time home of Sir Francis Drake, Buckland Abbey in Yelverton, Devon, is packed with fascinating memorabilia from the great man's travels. Take a stroll around the furnished rooms and interactive museum galleries which narrate the tale not only of Drake and his adventures but also naval commander and explorer Sir Richard Grenville. Look out for Drake's Drum which the great sailor took on all his expeditions and which is said to beat if England is in danger (the last time it did so, reportedly, was just before the evacuation of Dunkirk), pop into the classic 16th century kitchen or imagine yourself a graceful Georgian visitor ready to hobnob with the local bigwigs in the laid out dining room. There's loads more to see inside but don't leave before you have meandered through the kitchen gardens among the espaliered fruit trees (admiring the Abbey looming overhead) or inhaled the sweet air of the Abbey Garden borders where hydrangeas, camellias, eucryphias, azaleas and rhododendrons wave in the breeze.

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Open Times: Buckland Abbey: 14 Feb - 6 Mar, 11-4, daily. 7 Mar - 1 Nov 10.30-5.30, daily. 7 Nov - 29 Nov, 11-4 Sat & Sun. 1 Dec - 20 Dec 11-4 daily. Abbey opens 30 minutes after estate and closes 30 minutes earlier.

Price Details: NT Members Free. See NT website for admission prices.


01822 853607
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Yelverton, Devon, YelvertonPL20 6EY, United Kingdom

Six miles south of Tavistock, 11 miles north of Plymouth.

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