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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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Most interesting rooms. Peaceful and relaxing gardens. Short walk along seafront with many seats for your use.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Lynda L
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Penarth, Wales, United Kingdom
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Penarth, Wales, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Most interesting rooms. Peaceful and relaxing gardens. Short walk along seafront with many seats for your use.

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

We visit Torquay four times a year and always stay in an apartment close to Torre Abbey. The formal gardens and small lake near the seafront are a delight to walk around whatever time of year. It is a tranquil spot for an early morning wander as the sun comes up; sitting on a bench admiring the gardens in the... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Just spent a whole day at Torre Abbey. There is so much to see. The galleries with some wonderful paintings was a complete surprise. This place should be better known. It's well worth going.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Intriguing place with lots to see and particularly impressed that the ticket covered two days. Don't miss out the glasshouses, which even have plants for sale.

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Didn't know quite what to expect when we visited Torre Abbey but from the time we arrived we enjoyed every second. The introductory presentation was excellent and there were lots of interactive displays . The staff were helpful and knowledgeable. Outside the ruins and gardens are well worth exploring and the palm and cactus house too. An interesting Agatha Christie... More 

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Thank Janet J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We were stopping close to the abbey so thought we would have a look round this lovely old building.we walked into the entrance and met a really nice lady who was so enthusiastic about the abbey it was hard to say no! But to be honest the £15 for the 2 of us which includes the beautiful gardens is a... More 

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We found the Abbey a good place to walk around and it was very interesting with lots of rooms and items to view, you could make the visit last a long time, with place's just to sit and watch, For the price we paid we were told that we could go back within 7 days with the same ticket, it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a fantastic place!!! It was a day out as a treat for my hubby's birthday.. I had asked our daughter what she wanted to get him and she came right back with "a Viking day"!! I suggested we look for something involving the neapolionic times as he likes that if it was a day out she wanted and this... More 

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

What a transformation to the place I knew as a youngster. The restoration work has been carried out in a very sympathetic manner. Have visited on 3 occasions now and each time I have found something I missed before. A good exhibition of the history of the abbey and its inhabitants. Of particular delight are the gardens which are gradually... More 

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Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been through the grounds many times, but this time we visited the abbey and gardens, great value for money lots to see and fun things for children to do (Suited me ad my husband, as we a big kids at heart!!!)

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