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“A valiant experience”

The Valiant Soldier
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

The town of Buckfastleigh has a lovely range of shops, a couple of good pubs, riverside attractions by the River Dart and the Valiant Soldier Museum which is only open during the summer season but as we are regular visitors to the town we wish it was open more often. Our family just loves this place, it has something for all ages. The kids love it for the atmosphere and their parents enjoy the fascination of a time past and the older ones can remember being in pubs just like it. Lots to see and experience and then have a lovely cup of tea in the tea room, or fish and chips at the local chip shop, best fish and chips and at reasonable prices.

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Reviewed 29 September 2012

Visited the valiant soldier museum/pub the 28 September 2012...located next to the TIC in the little town of Buckfastleigh we made very welcome by the two lady voluteers and after watching the video of the Dartmoor area and the brief history of the Pub we did the tour of the pub itself left in a time warp with all the artifacts from the 40s to 60s...a well spent hour or so..very interesting and informative guides and brochures... make a visit and tell your friends of this most interesting place...yes visit the local Abbey but VISIT THIS LITTLE GEM.....plenty of cheap parking. (70p for 2 hours) in the town..Fee is only £3.50 pp

3  Thank G H G
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Reviewed 15 September 2012

Kept seeing reference made to this palce on the brown tourist signs and also on a signboard at Buckfast Abbey, but had absolutely no idea what the attraction was or what it entailed. I am so glad that we persevered into Buckfastleigh after our visit to the abbey and discovered exactly what the Valiant Soldier is! It is another one of these time capsule things such as the pharmacist's shop at Flambards, but this is in its original location & setting rather than being uprooted lock stock & barrel & recreated somewhere else. Essentially it is a timewarp public house left just the way it was upon closure in the late 1960's. So many memories for those of us of a certain age! Access to the bar & lounge areas and also the living quarters of the publican. We were assisted by our own one to one guide who displayed an enthusiam for the whole project that is to be commended. The Buckfastleigh Museum exhibits towards the end of the tour could perhaps benefit from being a little more 'weighty', but this in no way should detract from the main event.

2  Thank rutilus
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Reviewed 8 September 2012 via mobile

I saw this place featured on a BBC programme & as we were here on the steam trains I thought I would drag my husband to see something other than engines.
I am SO glad I did, we both loved it! It's an old pub at the centre of the small town that was left just as it was on the day it closed back in the 60's. It is so atmospheric, you really can imagine times gone by in every room. It's extremely good value, £7 for the pair of us & we were the only people in there at the time so we really could take our time & wander through the past.
The pub has two rooms, bar & snug, and there's also a back kitchen. Just like my grandma's with the old cooker & washer with mangle. Upstairs there's the last landlady's living quarters, a recreation of how they found the attic (complete with torches to see everything) and a small museum of the life & times of Buckfastleigh.
It was a brilliant place to spend an hour or two, maybe not so much for very young kids unless they are with grandparents that can explain things, but we loved it. If you want to see how life was in the pub that never called time, go for it! It may be worth checking opening times as its run by volunteers & hours change, but try not to miss it. Good for ghost hunting too we think :)

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