Tourist Information in Dartmoor and South West Devon
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Buckfastleigh Town Information

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An Ex-Great Western Railway Loco at Buckfastleigh Station - Photo © Martin Bodman
An Ex-Great Western Railway Loco at Buckfastleigh Station
Photo: Martin Bodman CCL
Lying in the Dart Valley on the South Devon Railway’s steam-operated line, this is a small former mill town on the southern fringes of Dartmoor. The town’s local heritage centre has a recreation of an old-fashioned Dartmoor pub.
Close by is a butterfly farm and an otter sanctuary.

Dartington Hall is the largest medieval house in the west of England and stands within a 2,500-acre estate.

The town grew up around 11th century Buckfast Abbey. Founded by King Canute in 1018, it was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1539 but lovingly rebuilt by a dedicated band of French monks in the last century.

Hembury Woods and Hill Fort, owned by the National Trust, lie north of the village.

Dartington Hall and Gardens - Photo © Dave Mitchell
Dartington Hall and Gardens - Photo: Dave Mitchell CCL