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Torre Abbey

The King's Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE, England
01803 293593
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Ranked #8 of 36 attractions in Torquay
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Art Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, History Museums, Architectural Buildings
Owner description: Since its foundation in 1196, Torre Abbey has witnessed, survived and even played a role in some epic moments of history. It is one of the best... more » Owner description: Since its foundation in 1196, Torre Abbey has witnessed, survived and even played a role in some epic moments of history. It is one of the best buildings in the country to tell the story of 800 years of Catholicism between 1196 and 1930. A clever mix of authentic artefacts with hi-tech interpretation. From talking portraits and statues to interactive displays and one of the largest fine art collections in the South West, there really is something for everyone. Follow the garden trails or pick up a family guide or Experts' Choice to discover many hidden mysteries. With a wealth of exotic plants, the gardens are a tranquil haven of beauty and pleasure and the perfect setting in which to relax, stroll or picnic. Children can explore the garden and bring the Abbey to life using our special discovery backpacks. Browse our shop stocked with a range of souvenirs, gifts and books or sit down and enjoy a selection of drinks, snacks and light meals in the tearooms. The house, Spanish Barn and Palm House are licensed for civil weddings, partnership ceremonies and christenings. Torre Abbey can also cater for functions, corporate hospitality or training events. A varied programme of events takes place at Torre Abbey throughout the year. Tours of the house are available out of hours to groups of 30 or more. Following the recent restoration project, the Abbey now boasts a new educational suite which provides opportunities for students of all ages to get involved and explore the Abbey's history. « less
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Plenty going on here, and a lovely peaceful place to spend a couple of hours. Deserves to feature on any itinerary of a trip to Torquay. Has clearly been revamped recently, now full of interactive features and looking great. Read up on the history before you go to help get an even better insight.

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Heysham, null, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Great place to see, the interior has been extensively renovated, and is open to the public. Lots of history, and very picturesque gardens.

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Baginton, null, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Fabulous tropical house and gardens, a quiet oasis with 2 days of entry on the £4 ticket, also plants sold so you can take a bit of the garden home with you- Wonderful!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Great venue, we privately rented it for a friend's wedding & it was a beautiful day, the barn area is good for a private function and it was spacious

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The abbey is interesting and has good interactive displays. There are videos you can watch which give the story of the history of the abbey. The best one is the interactive display that shows differing views of the abbey from the residents of it to the land owners and people living in the vacinity. There is an art gallery floor... More

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

During a brief shower in Torquay (honestly!) - we took afternoon tea (scone/clotted cream etc) - truly fab - the girls are very welcoming & the place was spotlessly clean.

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Hayling Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We visited just after the official reopening of the Abbey and were amazed at the splendid job that has been done. The stairs and lift are modern stainless steel and wood, but all done with great sympathy and it all looks so good. The hands-on technology to explain the history is lovely to use and there are places to sit... More

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Aberystwyth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The art collection at the Abbey is very varied and interesting, the museum is worth a visit and the small gardens are pretty. Good cafe with good coffee and varied menu.

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Chudleigh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Easy to find Great access and lots of parking at the Rivera sport centre or you can catch the sight seeing train from Torquay direct to the door at a small cost. Onsite staff very helpful and friendly the onsite cafe is very reasonable for food and drink and both delicious. Worth a visit if your into your gardens. Top... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We visited expecting the gardens to be the main attraction so were surprised at how much there is to see. Inside the collection of paintings is impressive, especially the local scenes, and there is a lot on information on how artists work. The history of the Abbey is tied up with the history of Torbay and the displays bring this... More

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