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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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Great gardens and very well maintained with little rooms everywhere. Well preserved building and well presented. Great place to visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Orange, Australia
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Orange, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Great gardens and very well maintained with little rooms everywhere. Well preserved building and well presented. Great place to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Great building and grounds.. Close to the seafront, and great for a picnic on a warm day. Lovely dog walks around the Abbey and Promenade.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The basics are there , but only recently opened. Needs streamlining to put the information into chronological order, as that would be easier to manage visitors, and information.

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Manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Had an excellent round of pitch and put here. The greens are well kept as are the fairways. Can't fault it

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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Wonderful place full of lovely fines, we visited on a summer day and enjoyed the buildings and lunch and tea here,Mao much to see. The history of the building is incredible and the staff have so much knowledge

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

What different ways of presenting the information and great ICT displays there were. Even the power points were done in a novel way. A must visit in Torquay!

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Herne Hill, London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

we like learning about how Torquay grew and the local characters and stories, the Abbey is well looked after with lovely grounds and a friendly tea room attached.

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Very good visit BUT theres a lot of information to take in. Don't rush your trip. A nice mix of video monologues by historical characters, displays and paintings.

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Uckfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

A really well presented attraction. Imaginative exhibition and very informative. The car park directions can be a bit confusing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This was our first time visiting Torre Abbey and Gardens as in previous years on holiday it was closed due to refurbishment. For the cost of ticket which allows you to visit the next day was of great value. The displays and interactive displays are very different, one in particular in the grand room. We could see that a lot... More 

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