Buckfast Abbey Houses
Buckfast Abbey is home to a Roman Catholic community of Benedictine monks.
The Abbey Church is at the centre of the monastic life of the Benedictine monks at Buckfast, since it is there that the Monastic Community gathers to pray and celebrate the sacraments.
12th century Cistercian architecture has a powerful simplicity, often to the point of austerity. Buckfast has elements of Cistercian design, such as pointed Gothic windows, all harmoniously complemented by rounded Romanesque arches of Anglo-Norman style. The exterior walls of the church and domestic buildings were built of local blue limestone. The window arches, quoins, coping stones, turrets and West Front are in mellow Ham Hill stone quarried in Somerset.
The Abbey Church is used by the monks for prayer at several times throughout each day. In addition, there are services each day for the Abbey parish.
Outside of these times, the Church is open to the general visitor as follows:
Sundays: Noon to 6 p.m.
Weekdays: 9 a.m. (Fridays 10 a.m.) to 6 p.m.
AddressBuckfastleigh, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0EE
Opening timesSee below
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