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Address: Torre Abbey The Kings Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE, England
Phone Number: +44 1803 293593
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Wed - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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I'd heard about Torre Abbey but knew very little about it, only that I could see it from the balcony of the apartment where we were staying for our family holiday this July. So my... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I'd heard about Torre Abbey but knew very little about it, only that I could see it from the balcony of the apartment where we were staying for our family holiday this July. So my mum and I decided to give it a visit one day and there was so much more than we'd expected! Learning about the Abbey and... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited the Abbey not that interesting lots of art not really what we expected quite small waste of money.

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Thank Paul B
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

came to torre abbey to vist and had a lovely day looking a round and we stop and some food in the cafe which was really nice and staff were friendly.

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Grantham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

very surprising upon entry give yourself a good 2 hours + to see all of the floors the gardens and remains of the abbey

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Thank ddodd2301
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were a party of three adults when we visited in early August 2016. Please be aware the Abbey has no parking, so you’ll have to park in one of the pay & display car parks, even if you hold a Blue Disability Badge. However, if you bring your ticket to reception, the Abbey refunds up to £4.00 per visit... More 

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Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Kids go free here which is great and you get a free guide. There is a lift to all floors for disabled visitors and people like me who find stairs difficult. All the pictures are clearly labelled and some of the more spectacular ones have more in depth guides. There is also the opportunity in every gallery to sit on... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the Abbey twice, taking advantage of their offer to return the following day for free - a great idea! The first day was a disappointment as there was a private party booked in, making it hard to visit. The second day, however, more than made up for it. The gardens are beautiful, and the Abbey itself is stunning... More 

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Thank Julia C
Torquay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

lots to do for all the family. Watch out for special events and activities - lovely gardens, house and amazing gallery. There is a lovely café - parking is not available on the site but it is very close by and there is street parking.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

visited the tearoom first had a lovely lunch very fresh and delicious prices were reasonable felt very relaxed in the tearoom friendly staff. then went into the gardens oh my god it was strange I felt so at peace walking around the ruins and looking at all the plants and the history the agathy Christie plants were great all the... More 

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Steyning, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

An interesting place to visit my children 13 and 16 enjoyed the afternoon there, quite a lot to see .Nice gardens and ruins to look at and there is also a cafe there although we didn't visit it.

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