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Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens

The King's Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE, England
+44 1803 293593
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Ranked #2 of 40 Attractions in Torquay
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Art Museums, History Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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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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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

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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Eastleigh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

Check open days before travelling! The gardens looked worth wandering around from what we could see through the locked gate and the abbey is in an attractive setting close to Torquay seafront. Unfortunately, unable to comment on the inside of the Abbey.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

Much more to divert me than I expected. Some very innovative displays. I'm sure the grounds are great too if it ever stops raining

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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Guys go visit this place. Ever ywhere you turn, there are friendly GHOST to guide your thoughts and make the visit a journey of discovery.

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moretonhampstead
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

A lovely old abbey with great history and charactor. If you are anywhere near Torquay don't miss it. The pictures in the galleries are great too. Parking is easy and close by. Very nice cafe and I imagine the gardens would be great - but it was raining and cold in November

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Torre Abbey is an excellent little gem in Torbay. It mixes history with wonderful galleries to see. Since the resent 2nd renovation it offers so much more to the visitor. The inside and outside are superb to visit with something different around every corner. The Gardens are extensive and varied with the gardeners who will spend time out of there... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This is an excellent place to visit. They've spent a lot of time making sure that it is interesting for both children and adults. The use of technology is well thought out too.

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Although I only live an hours drive away I had never heard of this place. What a surprise! The new interactive additions are so clever. Sir Thomas Ridgway telling us about his life had us all (adults) freaked and working out how it was done. ( I won't spoil it) then into the Dining room where I could hear a... More

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Winscombe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Gardens not open but the place was neat and tidy and we had tea outside the excellent cafe. Short walk to the sea from here.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

A must see for anyone visiting the Torquay area, the museum & galleries are very well thought out and presented, was given a great little booklet with map (Free) which was actually for children - but my mum & I found it great fun alongside the many 'interactive' exhibitions... The reception & ground staff were very helpful & informative. Gardens,... More

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