Hartland Abbey and Gardens

Hartland Abbey lies across a narrow, sheltered valley which winds its way to the spectacular Atlantic Coast.

The Abbey is located within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and visitors may wander around the beautiful gardens and grounds which lead to the rocky cove. Peacocks and guinea fowl roam at will, while donkeys and Black Welsh Mountain sheep graze the Old Deer Park.

The story of the Abbey mirrors local and national history at every turn. Built in 1149, it was given by Henry VIII to the Keeper of his Wine cellar. Remaining as a monastery for 400 years and passing through the female line three times, it has never been sold. Consequently, it has a friendly and lived-in atmosphere, so often absent in many historic houses.

Permanent collections

The Abbey contains collections of pictures, furniture and porcelain and family memorabilia that have accumulated over many generations. The antiquarian William Stukeley was one of the family ancestors, and there is a permanent display of his work.

Visitor information

The Abbey is fun for all ages. While adults enjoy the house and grounds, children can amuse themselves with the quiz. Delicious homemade light lunches and cream teas are provided by the ladies of St. Nectan's Church at reasonable prices on house open days.

Venue details

Hartland Abbey and Gardens Hartland, Bideford Devon EX39 6DT 01237 441264 www.hartlandabbey.co.uk/

Entry details

25% off full adult combined house and garden ticket with National Art Pass (Standard entry £12)

25 Mar – 2 Oct
Gardens and Grounds
Sun – Thu including bank holidays,11am – 5pm
Sun – Thu including bank holidays, 2pm – 5pm (last admission 4.15pm)