Hartland Abbey

Discover the stunning gardens of Hartland Abbey, an enchanting 12th-century ancestral home nestled in North Devon's breath-taking landscape.

Hartland Abbey

Hartland Abbey is a 12th-century former monastery turned manor house located in Hartland, Stoke, Bideford in North Devon, England

The house is historically significant for its association with the powerful Stucley family and with the local religion, mysticism and witchcraft that originated in Devon and Cornwall

Visitors can explore the former abbey, which includes surviving Romanesque architecture, along with an ancient gatehouse and 13th-century chapel

A tour of the house provides fascinating insights into what life was like on a large country estate, including a wine cellar and traditional kitchen

The grounds also offer insight into the history of Hartland Abbey; visitors can enjoy tranquil walks and explore historic gardens, orchards and woodland

Alongside the manor house, a wider range of attractions can be found on the estate, such as an infantry museum, craft shop and café


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Elegant 1790s mansion with decor from medieval to Victorian eras, plus gardens leading to the sea.

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Opening Hours:
Monday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Address: Hartland, Stoke, Bideford EX39 6DT, UK

Paul Wright avatarPaul Wright
7 months ago
Enjoyed a lovely day out to Hartland Abbey. The gardens and grounds are well maintained and very relaxing. The house itself is interesting with some beautiful rooms, and the volunteer room guides were all friendly and knowledgeable. The tearoom was excellent and offers light snacks or drinks to full lunches, cakes and afternoon teas. Unfortunately Hartland Abbey don't allow photos to be taken of the interior rooms (even with flash turned off), therefore I cannot award 5 stars, as I firmly believe if you are required to pay to enter, then you should not be restricted in taking photos of your visit.
Ed Stekelenburg avatarEd Stekelenburg
10 months ago
As recommended by others we didn’t buy the tickets for the house, just for the area and gardens. We enjoyed the easy walk to the beach (we skipped the climb to the summerhouse and upwards). At the beach we relaxed and absorbed the beauty of the coastline. After the walk back to the house we took some drinks and walked to the walled gardens. Many beautiful flowers and plants are kept there and we enjoyed it. We walked backed via the ‘Lady’s walk’ (not sure that was the exact name of the path), it was a wonderful walk back to the house. Less than 600 yards). We took a glance at the exhibition which was okay. The duration of the visit was approximately 4 hours, and we enjoyed it so, we were surprised that it was already that late. So, make sure to take the time for your visit and mind that it’s closed on Fridays and Saturdays.
Tony Dixon avatarTony Dixon
a year ago
Excellent visit. Walled garden and Bog Garden amazing. Cafe first rate with a really good selection of snacks and freshly made cakes. Take the stunning walk down to the beach. The house is well worth the visit as well with many interesting displays
Gillian Parker avatarGillian Parker
8 months ago
What a gem ! Beautiful grounds. Half hour easy stroll each way down to their own quiet bay. A few steep steps down onto rocky beach at the end but for less abke there are also a couple of benches to relax on on headland so you get to enjoy all the view without any challenges. Stunning.Also choices of other steep walks up through the woods.The walled cottage gardens situated at the entrance to the estate are well worth exploring. Give yourselves half hour to wander round. Didnt have time for the house this time but will definitely re visit. Good toilets and lovely tea rooms. Dogs allowed on the walks. Highly recommended a visit. Also part of the Gardener's World 2 for 1 garden entry.
Mark Bertram avatarMark Bertram
a year ago
Hartland Abbey Gardens open today for bluebell day. Walked from the house, down through the bluebell woods, to Eye Cove then back via the gazebo & summer house. Tea rooms excellent value, wonderful homemade food. Worth paying to see inside the house. So much to see, didn't have time to see the walled gardens, will return another day.
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