This former Cistercian abbey was founded in 1278 – later being occupied by
the famous seafarer Sir Richard Grenville. In 1581 it was sold to Sir
Francis Drake, who famously sailed from Plymouth to defeat the Spanish
Armada, and - between 1577 and 1580 - circumnavigated the globe. Much of
the original abbey remains, and is now the property of the National Trust.
Apart from the splendour of the house and abbey to enjoy, there are many
historic artefacts to appreciate, while the peaceful gardens, orchards and
meadows of the Buckland estate offer delightful vistas of the Tavy Valley