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Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens

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Address: The King's Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE, England
Phone Number: +44 1803 293593
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Description: Since its foundation in 1196, Torre Abbey has witnessed, survived and even...
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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Fascinating & Relaxing Afternoon At Torre Abbey.

what a lovely and calming place to visit. It's packed with antiques and wonderful pieces of art plus modern interactive exhibits that will entertain both children and adults... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

what a lovely and calming place to visit. It's packed with antiques and wonderful pieces of art plus modern interactive exhibits that will entertain both children and adults alike. The gardens are absolutely adorable, you can just sit, relax and take in the view of the ruins or you can have a leisurely mooch around the wonderful palm house and... More 

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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Great exhibition, lovely gardens, and great cafe.Easy access, harbour front train, goes to abbey and drops you off outside the entrance door.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Torre Abbey is more than a house and gardens. It is a museum filled with lots of interesting facts and artefacts. There is lots to see in the house and the gardens. I had a beautiful lunch at the restaurant, and I found all staff to be very friendly and helpful.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

great museum takes about three hours to walk round and see every thing a ten minute walk along the prom from torquay harbour

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

This is a remarkable attraction, close to the centre of Torquay and not to be missed if you are interested in: History or Art or Plants or Audio Visual effects. Firstly the history of the place is mainly told to you by graphics or audio visual means (e.g figures in period costume telling their stories from different periods since the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

A wet weekend in a tiny room in Torquay relieved by a visit to Torre Abbey. Interactive informative a superb exhibition in a lovely setting. Visit the coffee house half way return and engage with King John. Knights in amour with such a realistic head my friend and I had quite a shock. People speaking to you from the past... More 

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Torquay, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Had not expected so much to see and do. Definitely worth a visit and we found out more about the history of Torquay than we ever knew before.

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St Austell, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Well done with the refit, but what happened to the artworks? There was one of the most extensive art collections in the West Country. A lot of walking for older people with mobility problems. Need more places to sit and rest, as in National Trust houses. Cafe is expensive and limited for healthy eating.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

well what can I say but wow this place is fantastic we have by passed this attraction for a couple of years but this year we went in reception staff were great very helpful it's like a rabbit warren much bigger than expected the gardens are beautiful and the house is facanating and well worth a visit you can spend... More 

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Cradley Heath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Went to visit Torre Abbey whilst on holiday it was a fabulous place, gardens fantastic staff on reception and tea room very friendly and helpful. Will definitely be going back

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