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Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens

The King's Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE, England
+44 1803 293593
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Ranked #3 of 39 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. This museum uses 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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Halesworth, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

'Wow' the rooms in this abbey just went on and on and were filled with great history, lovely paintings and a wealth of information and exhibitions. The price was fantastic £7.50 for an adult and the ticket price was for a two day visit and, included the gardens. The receptionist was very friendly and the gift shop was lovely. The... More

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Lyme Regis, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

When you visit Torquay you don't expect such an interesting, historical morning. We learned a lot today and we didn't have time to visit the garden so we will go again. Very well presented museum and gallery.

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Portland. UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our day, and it was a day!, at Torre Abbey. It has been a long restoration but worth the wait.From the friendly, knowledgeable and helpful reception staff to the service and food in the tea room everything and everyone was outstanding. The exhibition documenting the history of Torre Abbey and its place in Torquay etc.was truly inspiring,... More

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

such a reasonable charge 4.00 for visit to the abbey, also can use ticket for next day also. beautiful gardens peaceful in torquay lovely

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

A place to spend hours in. Lovely Gardens even in Autumn still plenty of flower and colour.Loved the Palm House and the Agatha Christie's Potent Plants Garden.The presentation on the Abbey ruins and how the house grew out of the abbey buildings is excellent. The staff in the Reception were very cheerful and friendly and explained the best way round... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Torre Abbey's 11 million pound make-over was completed in July 2013. The result is an all day attraction that has lovely gardens, a palm house, 800 year old ruins, an art gallery and some really exciting technology to bring the history of the house to life. We visited as a couple but there's lots for children to do. There is... More

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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Easy access, well laid out, lots of information and very friendly staff. We spent a few hours there but would need to revisit to see everything. Don't miss the gardens and hot house.

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Dorset England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We visited using our Art Fund Cards for free entry. We wished we had had children with us as there were so many great interactive resources to help find out about the abbey. The picture collection is excellent and interesting. There are also some well positioned seats so I could sit and look (as I had a sore leg). The... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

If you like history this is the place to visit but make sure to spend at least 3 hours to see everything

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Seaton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The last time we visited Torre Abbey was just before they closed for refurbishment so we were keen to see the improvements. This is an excellent tourist attraction and to appreciate everything on display you need to spend most of the day there. It is very good value for money, the tickets are reasonably priced and can be used again... More

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