Buckfast Abbey is dedicated to Saint Mary and was founded in 1018. The Abbey was run by the Cistercian order from 1147 until it was destroyed under the Dissolution of the Monasteries. In 1882 monks began living there again and today it is an established Benedictine Community.
Buckfast Abbey is situated on the edge of Dartmoor within the village of Buckfast. The Abbey, attractive grounds, restaurant, gift and books shops are one of the most visited attractions in Devon.
Buckfast Butterflies and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary
The Butterfly Farm and Otter Sanctuary is situated just outside the southern border of Dartmoor National Park between Exeter and Plymouth and is easily reached from the A38 Devon Expressway at the Dart Bridge junction to Buckfastleigh.
This attraction offers an enjoyable and educational experience with butterflies living in tropical surroundings and otters swimming underwater in specially built glass enclosures. The centre also has facilities to treat sick and injured otters, a shop and there is the opportunity to combine your visit with a trip on the South Devon Steam Railway which is next to the Sanctuary.
Established in 1962 by the William Pengelly Cave Studies Trust, the Pengelly Centre occupies a hillside in Buckfastleigh that contains 100,000 year-old bones from animals such as hippos, rhinos and extinct elephants.
You will learn how the caves were formed and the history that dates back 350 million years.
The site offers a museum, guided walks and a variety of events.
Buckfastleigh Open Air Pool & Victoria Skate & Adventure Park
Whether you want a quiet relaxing early-morning swim, or a fun splash around with the family, Buckfastleigh Open Air Swimming Pool is a heated pool where everyone can enjoy the benefits of open air swimming.
The Pool is set in Victoria Park with its fabulous new skate park and exciting adventure play area. With climbing structures and towers with scramble nets, a crocodile swing, a zip-wire and uniquely designed youth shelters, the park is perfect for a picnic after your swim.
Both the Pool and the Park are owned and run by the local community.
Dyno Climbing Centre(previously Dart Rock Climbing Centre)
Dyno Climbing Centre provides indoor and outdoor rock climbing activities in a safe, encouraging and fun atmosphere within a state of the art facility for all ages and experience.Situated at Dart Mills, Buckfastleigh this attraction is easily accessible from the A38 and offers a dedicated teaching area, classroom and refreshments facility.
A wonderful local zoo in Sparkwell, just a short drive from Buckfastleigh.
Pennywell Farm and Wildlife Centre
Pennywell Farm is an award winning farm activity park which is home to a wide variety of animals including unique breeds and offers a range of activities for the family including shows, displays, rides and opportunities to meet the animals.
The site offers extensive parking, a café and is situated one mile from Buckfastleigh.
South Devon Railway Trust
This popular attraction offers a seven mile trip on a former Great Western Railway branch line which runs along the beautiful Dart Valley between Buckfastleigh and Totnes and can be combined with a visit to Buckfast Butterflies and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary together with Totnes Rare Breeds Farm.
Steam trains with heritage rolling stock run throughout much of the year with special events. The attraction includes a museum, play area, riverside walks, refreshment rooms and a gift shop. A heritage bus service also runs between the Station, Buckfast Abbey and the town centre of Buckfastleigh on selected days.
The Valiant Soldier
The Valiant Soldier was a village inn for more than two centuries until it closed in the 1960s. It is a time-capsule where everything including pub artefacts and furniture were simply left and the building was shut up for over 30 years.
Now the former pub has been turned into a visitor attraction retaining the atmosphere of a working-man’s pub during the 1940s and 50s together with an information centre and shop.
The Valiant Soldier is situated in the centre of Buckfastleigh.