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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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Worth a visit on a dull day

Good place to visit on a dull day,unfortunately it was to wet for us to view gardens but they looked splendid

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Maldon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Good place to visit on a dull day,unfortunately it was to wet for us to view gardens but they looked splendid

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed this interactive display - the layout of the exhibition is a bit difficult to follow but definitely worth the visit. If you are driving - you need to part at the back of the Riviera Centre - drive all the way to the back and there is a side entrance to the grounds of the house.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Torre Abbey is real gem of a place with lots of history. By starting the tour on the top floor visitors can participate in the story of the building through the ages with lots of AV presentations. The lower floors house excellent galleries and exhibitions culminating in an excellent café/tea shop serving good food and beverages. The gardens are also... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Wonderful art gallery, historic building dating from 12th century, interesting history, lovely garden and hothouses

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kirkby in ashfield nottinghamshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

loads of realey old things to look at very interesting war items and things we have forgot liked to see things forgot about

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Lovely little spot at he Abbey with a nice view of the bay. Really nice sandwiches, coffee and outdoor seating area.

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Isle Of Man, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

One of the highlights of our few days in Torbay for me. As well as the extensive medieval and more recent history covered in the house (top floor gallery very informative), the gardens offer a wonderful mix of formal and wildflower planting, as well as the palm and arid houses. The head gardener seemed constantly occupied with groups of ladies... More 

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Torbay, Devon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

So Fascinating!!ticket entitles 2nd visit and it,'s needed cos so much to see!!800 years of history told in an exciting and child friendly way. We could not see it all and will have to return to explore the delightful looking gardens that we glimpsed from many windows.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

well laid out museum with good interaction . easy to get around with a wheel chair . ancient ruin s clearly marked. pleasant gardens

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Torre House contains a wealth of treasures, beautifully grouped and arranged in a rabbit warren of a building. It was a joy to explore and discover a variety of things. There are three floors of some superb paintings, sculptures and furniture documenting a fascinating history. Outside, we continued our visit by walking around the ruins, set in a carefully nurtured... More 

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Additional Information about Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens

Address: The King's Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE, England
Phone Number: +44 1803 293593
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  English Riviera  >  Torquay
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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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