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The West Country Sights

Buckland Abbey

  • Off A386 Map It
  • Yelverton
  • House/Mansion/Villa

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A 13th-century Cistercian monastery, Buckland Abbey became the home of Sir Francis Drake in 1581. Today it's filled with mementos of Drake and the Spanish Armada, but the highlight is a beautifully expressive self-portrait by Rembrandt, displayed in its own gallery. Part of a bequest, the painting was only identified, painstakingly restored, and revealed to the public in 2014. The house, which has a restaurant, is 6 miles south of Tavistock; to get here, take A386 south to Crapstone and then head west.

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Off A386, Yelverton, PL20 6EY, England

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Sight Details:

  • £10; grounds only £5
  • Mid Feb.–early Mar. and early Dec.–late Dec., daily 11–4; early Mar.–Oct., daily 10:30–5:30; early Nov.–late Nov., weekends 11–4; early Dec.–late Dec., daily 11–4.


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