Buckfastleigh Area Guide

Vibrant, lively and with a touch of mystery surrounding it, you’ll discover that Buckfastleigh is one of the most diverse towns in South Devon. The town is dominated by the Benedictine Buckfast Abbey and is a mix of ancient and modern attractions surrounded by miles of prime Devon countryside, wild moorlands and hidden valleys on your doorstep to explore. To find out what is going on in town you can go to their website. Located next to the A38 it is a convenient location to get to Exeter or Plymouth and beyond with Totnes Station about 10 mins drive away.

Buckfastleigh came into its own in the 11th Century, when King Canute (the one that tried to order the sea to retreat) established this magnificent Benedictine Abbey in 1018. Buckfast Abbey is undoubtedly the town’s most notable landmark and its magnificent abbey church and beautifully kept grounds are well worth a visit.

The high street is full of independent shops and located in right in the centre is The Globe Inn with a roaring fire to welcome visitors whilst the Kings Arms is just down the road. The open air Swimming Pool and Skate Park is right in the centre of town as well. along with the Adventure play area for the smaller ones.

It is also well catered for Primary Schools with Buckfastleigh Primary School in the centre of town. St Marys Catholic Primary School is run and owned by Buckfast Abbey Trust located near the Abbey.

Most visitors to Buckfastleigh head for the Abbey and its famous Tonic Wine, but for the little ones there’s a chance to get up close with the animals at Pennywell Farm, an extremely popular attraction, where you can cuddle and feed miniature piglets and other farm animals. With its position perched on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, the countryside surrounding Buckfastleigh boasts plenty of walks with stunning scenery including the tranquil River Dart with secluded spots that make the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing picnic or dip in the river. A trip to explore the moors is also a must with tors, ancient woodland and various settlements to be discovered.

There is also the Buckfast Butterflies and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, which is a popular day out and is located by Buckfastleigh Station where you can take a steam train run by the South Devon Railway which meanders through glorious countryside along the River Dart all the way to Totnes.