The small town of Buckfastleigh has a number of attractions, making it well worth a visit. Parts of the town date from Medieval times and for many years it was known as a mill town.
Things to do
Take a trip on the South Devon Railway – a delightful ride by steam train alongside the River Dart to Totnes on a preserved Great Western branch line. At Buckfastleigh station you can also visit the Buckfast Otter Sanctuary and Butterfly Farm. At Totnes, the Rare Breeds Farm is next to the Station, while the historic town is a short walk away.
Buckfast Abbey – a short distance from Buckfastleigh is Buckfast Abbey, home to a community of Benedictine monks. The Abbey was originally founded in the 11th Century and was closed in the dissolution. The site was acquired in 1882 and since then it has been completely rebuilt, being consecrated in 1932. On your visit you can learn more about the history and community or visit the gift shop and monastic produce shop.
The Valiant Soldier – in 1965 the Valiant Soldier pub closed. For the next 40 years it and its contents remained untouched until the building was sold in 1997. Since then, a trust has preserved this time capsule and re-opened it to the public.
Getting to Buckfastleigh
From Exeter and Plymouth, catch the X38 which will drop you at the Station Approach. If you are visiting Buckfast Abbey, get off at Dart Bridge, from where it’s about a 10 minute walk.
From Newton Abbot, Totnes and Paignton, take service 88 which stops at Buckfast Abbey, the Station Approach for the South Devon Railway and Woodholme Car Park for the Valiant Soldier.
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