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Address: Torre Abbey The Kings Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE, England
Phone Number: +44 1803 293593
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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Very good choice for a one time visit - there’s definitely something new to be learnt along the way

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 

Thank zara168
Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 

Thank Galadriel1969
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 

Thank Julia C
Torquay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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.

Thank Jackie B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 

Thank eagle09
Steyning, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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.

Thank wwjd72
Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have seldom been to a museum or historic building which has been so comprehensively and thoughtfully explained - with just the right amount of detail. I got to understand how a Medieval abbey was laid out for the first time as well as a real sense of how the Abbey has fared since then. In addition, there were some... More 

Thank OldSwingCat
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This building has been well preserved and the exhibition and galleries in it very well presented. It provided a good insight into life in the abbey and a gave background to the family who lived there in later years. My visit there was slightly marred by a well-meaning but slightly patronising member of staff (or volunteer) who pointed out, albeit... More 

Thank H C C
Bath, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a surprise to find this beautiful place right in the centre of busy Torquay, and worth visiting the town for this alone. We spent several hours here, and could easily have been there the whole day. The ticket enables you to visit over two days, and had I not been returning home, I would have visited twice. There is... More 

Thank Bridget S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had very low expectations, thinking it was just a way to kill 45 minutes. Well, I was totally wrong. I could still be there. It starts as an exhibition on an old abbey, with some artefacts from the Middle Ages, but it turns into a tour de force in English history and even more so in the way to... More 

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