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Address: Torre Abbey The Kings 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
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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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Fantastic Art Collection, Beautiful Garden and Amazing Tea Room

Lots to see here. A museum, an art gallery and plenty of interactive displays as well as a well kept garden and greenhouse with a pond, huge palms and beautiful flowers. You can... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Poole, United Kingdom
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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lots to see here. A museum, an art gallery and plenty of interactive displays as well as a well kept garden and greenhouse with a pond, huge palms and beautiful flowers. You can explore the ruins and visit the tea room. The cream teas are a must! Very enjoyable afternoon.

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Newquay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Having a keen interest in archaeology and history, we decided Torre Abbey was a 'must visit' site. But you don't have to be into either of those subjects to thoroughly enjoy it. The historic house is full of fascinating exhibits and artwork presented so as to be accessible and appreciated by all ages. The staff were very friendly and helpful.... More 

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

What a fascinating and very interesting place to visit, and tucked away from the main hussle and bussle of the Town. Our first visit, and did not allow enough time to study and take in all this building and grounds have to offer. We will return for the next instalment.

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Thank Anthony H
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We have been to Torquay a few times but have never been to the Torre Abbey House and Gardens before. The history of the place and it's past residents was really interesting and well done. The gardens were a surprise because there was a great variety of plants there. The place is well worth a visit. The food in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Following a talk at our local garden club from the head gardener at Torre abbey we decided a visit was a must. The talk ws entitled Agatha Christie and her poisonous plants. There is a section in the garden where they have grown a section of plants in groups Each group represents one of her books. The garden was beautiful.... More 

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Newport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lovely charming place to visit, everywhere very clean. Also made very interesting. The grounds are beautiful to wander round, and so peaceful.

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

we only visited the gardens and did not go into the house.The gardens were well maintained and there were good views.Also a nice little cafe, Certainly worth putting this on your "Should Do" list when visiting Torquay.

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Thank Richard10
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Abby is easily accessible by local buses or the Tourist Train. The self-guided tour of the house is enhanced by the excellent interactive history, one of the best around. The art collection is fairly extensive and covers a large range of artists and sculptors and the gardens and Abby ruins top off a really interesting visit. Nice tea rooms... More 

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Bury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The house is very good, with super displays. The green lawns had Screen on the Green with lots of wooden tables and chairs, and there were hundreds there watching firstly the tennis and then the Grand Prix. What a great idea.

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East Sussex, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely place to visit with so much history. Little cafe for coffee. Need to spend an hour to appreciate it all.

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