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Buckland Abbey

Originally built as a Cistercian abbey in 1278, Buckland was remodelled and converted into a house by Richard Grenville after 1576. It has since undergone many alterations since Grenville’s conversion, although several monastic buildings remain, including the abbey church and a great barn. The interior features spectacular Elizabethan plasterwork in the hall, oak panelling and a Georgian staircase rising through 4 storeys. It was bought by Sir Francis Drake in about 1581; the Drakes continued to live here until 1946 when it was bought by a Yelverton landowner, Captain Arthur Rodd, and presented to the National Trust.

Visitor Information

Address:
Yelverton,
Devon,
England,
PL20 6EY

Telephone: 01822 853607

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/buckland-abbey

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Buckland Abbey, Devon (Accredited Museum)

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Witness 700 years of history and change at Buckland, built by Cistercian monks in 1278 and later owned by Sir Francis Drake. This rich history is reflected in the furnished rooms and interactive galleries. See one of the nation's most famous heirlooms, Drake's Drum and learn the legend. See also our ‘lost’ Rembrandt recently identifed by a Dutch paintings expert, and the subject of a detailed technical examination. This Self-portrait was previously thought to have been painted by Rembrandt's pupils but has now been verified as the work of the Dutch master himself.

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