Buckland Abbey was founded by monks in 1278. It was converted into a house after the Dissolution of the Monasteries and became the home of Sir Francis Drake from 1581 until his death in 1596. The house tells about Drake's life through paintings, maps, and memorabilia. Although married twice, Sir Francis Drake did not have any children.


The mixed flower planting at Buckland Abbey, home of Sir Francis Drake (c.1540-1596).


There are several walking paths on the estate ranging from one mile to two and a half miles with varied landscapes.


In the garden of Sir Francis Drake's house.


Watch out for this little banty rooster if you visit the home of Sir Francis Drake. We saw him attack a man with ferocity which frightened the man's young daughter who screamed, "Leave my Daddy alone!".
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