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Plymouth - Sir Francis Drake’s Home and Edgcumbe House
(full day)

Buckland Abbey is the former home of Sir Francis Drake, seaman, adventurer and explorer. Tucked away in its own secluded valley above the beautiful River Tavy, Buckland Abbey holds the secret to over 700 years of history. Originally a Cistercian monastery it was converted after the Dissolution to become the home of Sir Richard Grenville and then, most famously, Sir Francis Drake.

Visit the furnished period rooms and wonderful ancient buildings, craft workshops, a gem of an herb garden, the massive medieval Great Barn and a unique new decorated plasterwork ceiling in Drake Chamber.

Following your tour of Buckland Abbey, head for another famous home; Mount Edgcumbe. Sir Richard Edgcumbe of Cotehele built a new home in his deer park at Mount Edgcumbe in 1547-53. The house was badly damaged in the war and was restored by the Earl of Edgcumbe between 1958-64. It is now beautifully furnished with family possessions, including paintings by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Gerard Edema and William van der Velde, Irish Bronze Age horns, 16th century tapestries and 18th century Chinese and Plymouth porcelain.

Ancient and rare trees can bee seen in the 18th century Earl's Garden beside the House. The formal gardens are grouped in the lower park near Cremyll. Originally a 17th century "wilderness" garden, the present scheme was laid out by the Mount Edgcumbe family in the 18th century. The Orangery housed orange trees which were taken out each summer into the Italian Garden with its mermaid fountain and classical statues.

Lunch will be served in the Orangery prior to touring the house. Later, return to your ship.

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