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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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This is a great place to visit, a veritable treasure trove. If you go with foreign visitors, make sure they've cracked up on their British history beforehand as it is very British... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a great place to visit, a veritable treasure trove. If you go with foreign visitors, make sure they've cracked up on their British history beforehand as it is very British oriented. But a real find

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

With the you learn about the history of the whole of Torbay and the problems experienced. You visit a dining room with talking plates from Nelson

Thank VinceDurham
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A well laid out route takes you through the history of the abbey and at every stage there is a clear and concise explanation. Neat use of video helps you understand how people felt about their work and play. Do not miss the garden and glasshouse. Good shop with some unusual gifts. Super refreshments.

Thank Dick G
Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were surprised to find a modern museum with interesting displays from the abbey days to Napoleonic times. The old painting showed Torquay as it once was before progress hit it. Despite the mid October date we found there was a fine display of flowers in the gardens, particularly the Dahlia border. WE arrived at the large greenhouse just in... More 

Thank Peter B
Christchurch, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful Abbey, with lovely grounds, and lots of things to see inside. The wedding venue was the Spanish Barn within the grounds.

Thank marleyelaine
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was a complete revelation. From the outside you would never believe just how much history, colour and interest is packed into one building. Normally I race through stately homes and houses but there was so much to enjoy here that I found three hour had passed and I'd not even set foot in the garden. It's an absolute... More 

Thank Barbara T
Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must if visiting Torquay. Very well laid out and easy to learn of the history of the Abbey and Torquay. Gardens still had colourful flowers in bloom. Found the glass-houses of particular interest.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a lovely place steeped in history, Staff where friendly and welcoming, Price was excellent, Great gardens and green houses to visit with loads of interesting plants, Lots of historical artifacts to study and admire, Allow plenty of time for your visit and the coffee shop is a must.Beware the poison garden, very interasting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went with my wife last weekend and we only had about three hours spare, but it's as well that the ticket also gives you access the following day as I could quite easily have spent many more hours in this spectacular Abbey/Stately home/ruins and gardens. I've had a second home in Torquay for many years but have never got around... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The recent Ageing Well Festival provided an irresistible opportunity to reacquaint ourselves’ with the history, rooms, art collection and gardens of this attraction. We had not revisited the abbey since it reopened after the extensive restorations. Even more fortunate was the presence of the exhibition of works by the Victorian celebrated Victorian ceramic designer William De Morgan, on loan from... More 

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