Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre
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Nestled in a tranquil haven on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park and along the banks of the River Dart, Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre is a truly unique venue. There are seven seminar rooms, to suit from 2 to 70 delegates, exclusive boardroom, full catering dining room and 150 seater hall. All rooms offer flexible seating and advanced audiovisual technology, free wifi and business-class internet access. Most rooms offer great views over beautifully tended gardens and are fully equipped with remote control blinds and air conditioning. All events can also benefit from the peaceful environment with break out access to the Abbey and its extensive grounds
Our purpose-designed Dining room offers a relaxing space and a great view of the Abbey across the lawns, with fantastic meals prepared and cooked on-site by our own chefs. Whether your event is a seminar, conference, business meeting, training session, workshop, team building event, exhibition or special occasion our friendly team of event professionals will be available throughout the day to make it a success and ensure your delegates leave refreshed and inspired.
Conveniently situated just 2 minutes off the A38 Devon Expressway, the Conference Centre is easily reached from Plymouth, Exeter and surrounding areas. Ample free parking with dedicated spaces adjacent to the Conference Centre for your delegates.
You can further enhance your events with other add-on benefits to make the day more memorable. Perhaps you would like to include a garden tour led by one of the Gardens team? A talk by the Bee Department Manager? A visit to the Monastic Way Exhibition? With over 20 years’ experience in offering conference facilities, this exemplary setting with all it has to offer, alongside competitive and transparent, fully-inclusive rates, you can be assured that your event will exceed all expectations. Contact our team today to discuss your requirements
For residential events there is accommodation on site for those travelling from further afield in Northgate House Hotel. It has all the ingredients for the perfect stay. It offers perfect seclusion and is an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding countryside. There is a choice of 33 comfortable rooms, making it a good choice for business travellers and visitors to the Abbey Church, or Conference Centre or groups taking part in activity holidays, such as canoeing, rambling and fishing.
If you prefer a little more independence, there are three self-catering houses offering flexibility to families and larger groups, with the option to take evening meals at Northgate House or cook in the well-equipped kitchens. Both three and Four bedroom cottages come with private gardens and exceptional views of the Abbey’s grounds and Dartmoor. Our attentive accommodation team will be on hand to look after guests ensuring they leave feeling refreshed and inspired.
Set against the stunning backdrop of the Dartmoor National Park, Buckfast Abbey is a working Benedictine monastery. The original medieval buildings were destroyed when Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries, but the foundation was re-established by a group of monks in the 19th Century, who lovingly re-built the church stone by stone.
Delegates can take the opportunity to amble around Buckfast Abbey’s gardens during break times. Buckfast Abbey’s grounds and four themed gardens are a haven for wildlife and visitors throughout the year. The Sensory Garden is alive with colour the Physic Garden is busy with bees and butterflies, enjoy the scented air in the Lavender Garden and take in our award winning Millennium Garden. Garden events and workshops run throughout the year – and the hugely-popular Garden Fayre in June attracts thousands of visitors.
The interactive Monastic Way Exhibition features stunning special effects and wide-screen film, the displays provide a fascinating insight into the Christian life of monks who follow the rule of St Benedict.
There is plenty to see if time permits, the Abbey’s gift shop sells a range of items made by monks and nuns in the UK and further afield, whilst the bookshop has publications for adults and children.
The Abbey Church also hosts a range of concerts and recitals. The stunning acoustics of the church have been further enhanced by the installation of a Ruffatti organ, made in Italy.
The Grange Restaurant commands panoramic views of the Abbey and its grounds catering for the Abbey’s visitors daily.
Buckfast Abbey has events taking place throughout the year find out more at www.buckfast.org.uk/whats-on
Free Entry & Free Parking • Abbey Church • Working Monastery • Gardens • Shops • Restaurant • Hotel & Conference Centre • Assistance dogs only • www.buckfast.org.uk • tel: 01364 645500
- All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
- Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
- Access to PC
- Air Conditioning
- Areas for Team building
- AV Equipment
- Coach drop-off point
- Flipchart and Pens
- OHP and Screen
- On-site car parking
- Video Conference Facility
- Whiteboard and Pens
- Wi-Fi available
- In countryside
- In town/city centre
- Chargeable Leisure Facilities
- Cash accepted
- Contactless payment accepted
Map & Directions
By Road Buckfast Abbey is 0.5 miles from the A38 Devon Expressway, midway between Exeter and Plymouth.
By Rail The nearest stations are Newton Abbot 11 miles and Totnes 6.6 miles, both only 20 minutes drive from the Abbey.
Exeter Airport 23 miles away from the Abbey.
Public Transport Directions
By Bus The local bus service, Stagecoach number 88, operates from Newton Abbot and Totnes to Buckfast. There is also a coach service between Exeter and Plymouth which stops in Buckfastleigh. The Abbey is a half-mile walk.
Entrance and parking is FREE and there is easy access to all facilities.
|Season (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)|
|Monday - Saturday||09:00||- 17:30|
* Dates and times outside of Bank Holidays, by prior arrangement and depending on numbers, usually closed on Sundays.