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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Wed - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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 Place not to miss

Do'nt be put of by the outside .... You can spend hours in this historic house there is so much to see and some little surprises along the way, then there is the gardens & palm... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Anthony P
Torquay, United Kingdom
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Torquay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Do'nt be put of by the outside .... You can spend hours in this historic house there is so much to see and some little surprises along the way, then there is the gardens & palm house & of course the tea rooms with good food & great views to the sea.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great gardens, well kept and relaxing to stroll through. It was a pity the Abbey was closed. Great buildings and architecture.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved this museum. The layout really works and I loved all the interactive displays. I also enjoyed all the talks held here as part of the annual Agatha Christie festival in September.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

The converted abbey is an excellent place to learn of the local history of the abbey, its many inhabitants and surrounds. The display is well structured and entertaining. A great adventure throughout.

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Devon, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

We always enjoy our visits to Torre Abbey with our 6 year old grandson. The top floor is a wealth of information about the history of Torbay with interactive exhibits. Every time we go, we discover something new. The rest of the abbey is filled with beautiful artwork , items of interest and beautiful rooms. The garden and ruins are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Actually spent two half days here. Lots to read and lots of Art ,if you are into that sort of thing. Not sure if young kids would get bored . But having a connection with Torquay, we found it interesting, worth a visit. Also has large tropical greenhouse.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

this was a most interesting exhibit with many interactive screens and made the history exciting not boring

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Paignton, Devon UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

The entrance seems a bit gloomy but the internal refurbishment of the abbey is a delight with fascinating displays of Torbay history. Well worth a visit

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

800 year old Torre abbey is worth a visit. Steeped in history. the staff in the Little shop were very helpful. The gardens and walk outside and around the abbey are stunning.

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Littlehampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

We didn't realize there was so much packed into this Historic building. 4 floors of heritage and art. We loved the old parts of the building and the ruins outside in the gardens. There was a whole floor of art, a fantastic interactive exhibition on the top floor where you get to learn all about the history of the Abbey.... More 

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