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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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Wed - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Had been to visit Torre Abbey twice before some years ago. A lot had changed since last visit. The staff at the entrance where we paid were very friendly. We started at the top... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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11 reviews 11 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Had been to visit Torre Abbey twice before some years ago. A lot had changed since last visit. The staff at the entrance where we paid were very friendly. We started at the top of the building with a lot of information about the history of the Abbey. It was very well done. Then we worked our way down through... More 

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Wrexham County, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Ancient building with a splendid character-enjoyed the Historic nature and beauty of the Gardens Freshly cut green grass, well maintained Gardens. A True historic marvel

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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Large grounds, with a café in the house. A must see is the church. There are a selection of small craft workshops to see.

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Paignton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The Gardens are really lovely and by the House there is a very nice cafe where you can sit out or in it is very peacefully they have a bowling green there also pitch and put also a golf course there you can also get into the Rivera Centre for a swim if you want to

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Have visited Torre Abbey and gardens on several occasions and is a short walk from the sea front. If you want somewhere to stroll around it is the ideal place and spend some quality time on your own or with your partner. There are some very good displays inside the house and you can enjoy the peace and quiet of... More 

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Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Walked through here everyday of our visit. Lovely flower beds, interesting plants especially the flowering Yukka.

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Letchworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Lovely place just to walk around and spend some time. enjoy the sun and the views. Very short walk from the sea front.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Abbey is bigger than you think and there are some lovely things . Interesting history done in a cleaver way . Nice that it as a lift and is easy to walk round most rooms . A lovely garden and fab green house ... with plants to buy !!

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Shaldon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Torre Abbey today. What a great improvement. Abbey interesting displays, gardens tranquil, healthy and varied and nice food in tea rooms. (Why advertise soup on specials board when they have run out - grrr). Staff in Abbey/Shop/Garden very pleasant and helpful. Recommend. Make sure you allow at least 3 hours or more. Lots to see.

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Witham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The Abbey is not open on Mondays and Tuesdays in June. I was only there on Monday and Tuesday, so missed out.

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Address: Address: The King's Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE, England
Phone Number: +44 1803 293593
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  English Riviera  >  Torquay
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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