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Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens

Torre Abbey The Kings Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE, England
+44 1803 293593
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Gardens - a fine restoration

Seventeen years ago we spent many a happy hour in the garden behind the Abbey, when we were living... read more

Reviewed yesterday
PJandD
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
Interesting and informative.

We found the whole place fascinating - especially the talking statue! Beautiful gardens to stroll... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Lynda P
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Cullompton, England, United Kingdom
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Est. in 1196, Torre Abbey is a museum of history and art housed in an Ancient Scheduled Monument on the beautiful South Devon coast. Based in Torquay on the English Riviera, this family friendly Torbay Council owned museum and gardens is a centre for creativity and culture with a seasonal programme of exhibitions, events and activities across visual arts, history and live performance. Kids and teens up to 18 years go free, and the 1196 Club offers adult membership with unlimited visits from just £16 a year. Reasons aplenty to visit today.
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Torre Abbey The Kings Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE, England
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Reviewed yesterday

Seventeen years ago we spent many a happy hour in the garden behind the Abbey, when we were living in Torquay, despite their poor state. However having been restored, they are a now an even greater delight, what with gloriously fragrant roses and the great...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We found the whole place fascinating - especially the talking statue! Beautiful gardens to stroll around and sit in. There is a robotic art installation in the reception room which is not to be missed - I've never seen anything like it!

Thank Lynda P
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Very interesting visit to Torre Abbey and Gardens. Easy to get to from Torquay and plenty of things to see.

Thank 60yearswed
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matthewnewbury, Guest Relations Manager at Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi, thanks for your review. Yes, we have a great location right on Torquay seafront, so it's the perfect place to stroll too. We are glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Only opened back up a few years ago. Small number if disabled parking spaces outside the house, and plenty of other spaces to the side, owned by the theatre. The house is an interesting peek at medieval monks and gentry. There is an art exhibition,...More

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matthewnewbury, Guest Relations Manager at Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Barry. Thanks for your review and we are really glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

the gardens are lovely ,lots of history and different things there to see of all kinds ,some where to eat ,inside and out

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matthewnewbury, Guest Relations Manager at Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks for your review Steve and we are glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Always promised myself a visit. This is a beautifully finished restoration. Fortunately, so much of the monastery survived Henry VIII's cruel hand. The ancient vaulted ceilings are beautiful, evocative and atmospheric. The digital presentations are first class - I sat down, had a good read...More

Thank Andrew T
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matthewnewbury, Guest Relations Manager at Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks for your review Andrew and we are delighted you enjoyed it so much. There's defintiely a lot to see, which is why we introduced the two day ticket. I hope Act 2 was as good as Act 1!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

An interesting place to visit. The grounds are beautiful and lovely for a walk. I was not aware of the history of the area and found the tour really informative.

Thank Rob M
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matthewnewbury, Guest Relations Manager at Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks for your great review Rob and we are delighted you enjoyed the gardens and found the tour so informative.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Haven't visited inside the Abbey for years and kept promising myself I would after the conservation work ,and was so impressed with the flow of the museum now and how most of the building has been incorporated into the visitors journey.there is a great balance...More

Thank Paula P
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matthewnewbury, Guest Relations Manager at Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Paula for your amazing review and we are so glad you had such a great visit. Do come back and see us soon and thanks for spreading the word!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for the tattoo experience amazing and very interesting, but discovered the abbey and the grounds. You would not believe what's inside, rooms that a full of different experiences gardens that are full with different plants and two large greenhouses. Well worth the money and...More

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matthewnewbury, Guest Relations Manager at Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your kind words Alan and we are really glad you finally popped in. An annual membership is just £16, so why not become a regular visitor! Thanks again.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a fabulous place the gardens and Abbey are just a stone's throw from the sea front . It's just so tranquill and picturesque. The gardens are so well maintained it's a credit to the gardeners. The buildings are full of history. When buildings are...More

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matthewnewbury, Guest Relations Manager at Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your very kind words and we are delighted you had such an enjoyable visit. Thanks for spreading the word!

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Beryl W
June 23, 2017|
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Response from matthewnewbury | Property representative |
Hi. There's 800 year's of history and four floors and gardens to explore. The top floor is an interactive museum, with talking exhibits, video screens and other clever hi-tech ways of bringing history alive. You then have... More
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Beryl W
June 23, 2017|
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Response from matthewnewbury | Property representative |
Hi. it's £8 adults, £7 for seniors, free for children and teenagers up to 19 years-old. Carers go free. An annual 1196 Club Membership is £16 for unlimited entry (£30 for a couple). You can also go in the gardens only for... More
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Its the local exeter brochure we picked ours up in dawlish warren has vouchers inside
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