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

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

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 NEW

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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Torquay, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

The exhibtion showing the history of the house was excellent with interactive features that the kids enjoyed. There is not much to see of the actual house as it is divided up into exhibition space or not on show. The gardens are nice. The art workshops during school holidays are very good - my kids have made lanterns and light... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The house and abbey are sympathetically restored, I love the chapel. The gardens are wonderful, I could live in the palm house!

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Dudley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We would recommend a visit to the Abbey whether you are young or old,there are plenty of interactive displays. The Abbey is a beautiful place both inside and out. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The gardens are beautiful. There is a lovely cafe on site and the prices are reasonable. The ticket carries over to the next day... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Very informative about its existence and further additions. Beware that it is not open on Mondays and Tuesdays. We were caught out

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Great place to visit whether weather is bad or good , if bad there's loads of excellent interactive stuff to use and look , and if the weather is good you can afterwards go into the sheltered Abbey grounds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Excellent destination very close to Torquay sea font - go view the house, walk around the grounds and stop off for an excellent cream tea......I can highly recommend the tea room, plus its dog friendly too with free dog biscuits!

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

It's been totally renovated to a high standard and is set in nice grounds overlooking the park and torre beach in torquay. There's a good café and shop; a little pricey but nice. There's lots to see and learn. Good for familes/adults and a great day out if you take a walk around the gardens (lovely café) enjoy the mini-golf... More 

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We have booked our wedding at this beautiful venue, the staff and service was excellent. Thanks for the welcome and to be shown around this historic house, we can't wait to have our special day in the Spanish Barn.

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