Now tell someone that you are taking two teenage boys to an abbey on a Saturday afternoon and they will either suggest you make an appointment with a doctor or laugh out loud and think you are joking. Well this is something I did, firstly its a Dartmoor 365 square, so it needed visiting and secondly it has a café and the thought of cake always appeases them a bit! I’d been to Buckfast Abbey before but without heading inside properly, this I figured would be a chance to wander the garden a bit, then heading inside the Abbey, then the café. Probably an hour at most. It turned out to be a 90 minute visit, mainly because the boys were transfixed by the architecture inside, the choir practice which was happening and the guide who showed us one of the staircases and how the white Bath stone was used like a decorative tile to cover up the thicker grey stone underneath. All in all a fascinating visit to a gorgeous building enjoyed by all 3 of us.
A complete surprise of a day, both for the reaction of the boys and how something so simple made for a great visit. One to keep in mind for the future.