The Valiant Soldier, Buckfastleigh

The Valiant Soldier, Buckfastleigh

The Valiant Soldier is an amazing place. It is a pub that closed in the 1960's creating a time warp within its walls.

It had been a village inn for more than two centuries. but when it closed furniture, pub artefacts and domestic items were simply left where they stood as the last customer walked out. All the artefacts and living accommodation date back to the 1940's and 1950's, when nothing was ever thrown away! Visiting the pub is unique. You will experience a living social history as you tour the building

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  • The Lounge Bar

    Ladies used the lounge to have a quiet sherry, catch up with local gossip or have a game of cards, in front of a warm fire during the winter.

  • The Kitchen

    Cooking in post-war days.

  • The parlour

    Here remains the original linoleum cover on the floor. A child's toy box displays games played with the family on cosy evenings - no television or computers in those days!

  • Bedroom

    The 'modern' woman wakes to a new day. Hats and dresses in the wardrobe depict the fashion of the mid 1900's

  • The bar

    In 1939 its last landlord, Mark Roberts, became the tenant. In 1965 the brewery decided that there were too many pubs in the town and withdrew the license, so Mr and Mrs Roberts promptly downed tools as the last customers left the premises, leaving everything just as it was - even the change remained in the tills.

Admission & prices

Opening Times for 2022
Wednesday 27th March to end October
Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11.00am to 4pm
Also open Sunday afternoons, 24 July to 4 September 2pm-4pm
Last entry to the Valiant Soldier Museum is at 3.30pm

Adults £5.00
Senior Citizens(60+) £4.50
Students £4.50
Children under 16 FREE
Disabled FREE

Find us

Find us at the bottom of Buckfastleigh's main street. Signposted from Dart Bridge just off the A38 Devon Expressway

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  • Toilets On-Site
  • Wheelchair access
  • Childrens activities
  • Gift Shop

Wheelchair access is only to the downstairs area of the museum(where the bar is situated) and into the adjoining Information Centre.

Shops, pubs and cafes 5 minutes walk away from The Valiant Soldier

The Valiant Soldier
79/80 Fore Street
TQ11 0BS

T: 01364 644522

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The Valiant Soldier, Buckfastleigh

The Valiant Soldier
79/80 Fore Street

Buckfastleigh, DEVON TQ11 0BS