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Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens

Address: The King's Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE, England
Phone Number: +44 1803 293593
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Ranked #6 of 69 things to do in Torquay
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Art museums, Landmarks & points of interest, History museums, Architectural buildings, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Since its foundation in 1196, Torre Abbey has witnessed, survived and even played a role in some...
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Type: Historic sites, Art museums, Landmarks & points of interest, History museums, Architectural buildings, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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Wed - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Excellent destination very close to Torquay sea font - go view the house, walk around the grounds and stop off for an excellent cream tea......I can highly recommend the tea room, plus its dog friendly too with free dog biscuits!

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

It's been totally renovated to a high standard and is set in nice grounds overlooking the park and torre beach in torquay. There's a good café and shop; a little pricey but nice. There's lots to see and learn. Good for familes/adults and a great day out if you take a walk around the gardens (lovely café) enjoy the mini-golf... More 

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We have booked our wedding at this beautiful venue, the staff and service was excellent. Thanks for the welcome and to be shown around this historic house, we can't wait to have our special day in the Spanish Barn.

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Torquay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Beautifully restored and very interesting. Well worth a visit. The staff are very knowledgeable if you have any questions. Lovely gardens.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Highly recommended and well worth a visit. Great place. Lots to do and see. Great catering. Much better than the Singing Kettle and not a tacky sign in sight or a miserable git

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Paignton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

This was a return to Torre Abbey after it had been completely refurbished. What an excellent surprise. Many hands on, informative exhibits covering all aspects of early times & life in Torquay. Some surprising discoveries were made during the restoration & makeover. The grounds, gardens & greenhouse were well worth the visit. If you get tired there is a nice... More 

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Leeds, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

An outstanding building on the outside and on the inside. The exhibitions are very informative and the various paintings a delight to look at. The history of the building is brilliant. The gardens are lovely and well maintained.

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Beautiful place lovely friendly and attentive staff, dog friendly my pooch Tallulah even got some biscuits amazing Devon cream tea served beautifully

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

More interesting Abbey with many hands on items. A must is the old Barn. The gardens are really good and need to be seen in the summer.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

There is far more to see here in Torre Abbey, than you would imagine from outside. After a few years of restoration and the installation of new lifts ect, Torre Abbey is open for visitors, and its been worth the wait. Lots to see: ornamental gardens, historic abbey ruins, "hidden" rooms,art gallery, finest sculpture, and interpretative centre, all in a... More 

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