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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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Very interesting place to visit. Only issue is with the parking-they don't allow that on the grounds and you have to keep going every 30 minutes to renew the parking outside... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Very interesting place to visit. Only issue is with the parking-they don't allow that on the grounds and you have to keep going every 30 minutes to renew the parking outside. Children's activities are well catered to - my daughter loved the mouse hunt. The tea room is quaint and serves good food.

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Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

One rainy day last year I paid a visit to Torre Abbey and was excellently informed and entertained for a few hours while the clouds lifted . The history of Torbay is well -described on the top floor and the building has some atmosphere on other floors .The gift shop is the best in Torquay.

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Carmarthen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Very interesting and a beautiful place which is worth visiting. Staff were very friendly. Lots to see and learn about. We visited on a lovely sunny day so we were able to make the most of the stunning gardens. We also popped into the café they have and although we only had coffee the food looked lovely, a lovely place... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

A great place for the history , it gets the children to learn & make things what they did in those days , great interactive for older ones & young ones

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This is an excellent attraction. With lots of push screen information,spread over 4 floors,this is a good way to spend a morning or afternoon. With a car park and abbey ruins to see outside together with lovely gardens ,this is well worth visiting. Strongly recommend.

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Paignton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This is a wonderful place of great interest with wonderful gardens. Easy to get around and the history is explained in a way that is easy to understand and made more interesting.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Staff were very friendly Beautiful house Lovely art work and sculptures Very interesting background to the house, Abbey and was nice to learn about the canons Well worth a visit

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We only wandered through the grounds on our way to a restaurant, but it was nice, gardens are lovely. Shame about the building works at the bottom of it.

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Brockville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

amazing history as is much of the UK with beautiful gardens and a really neat tea house. be sure to check out the local newspapers where you can get a two for one devon cream tea!

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

A beautifully presented exhibition, interesting with inter-active exhibits, a superb garden and a comfortable café. Just off the sea front, the land train stops there, nothing not to like.

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