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“Simply the best-selling”

Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens
Ranked #7 of 63 things to do in Torquay
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Scotland
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118 reviews
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“Simply the best-selling”
Reviewed August 14, 2014

Excellent venue, thoroughly enjoyable and the best place in the south for services for the disabled and less mobile. Thank you and keep up the good work.

Visited August 2014
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“Torquay's hidden gem”
Reviewed August 14, 2014

Spent an enjoyable two hours looking around this wonderful building and grounds.
Very enthusiastic lady on the reception desk.

Well worth a visit and some very unusual interactive displays.

Visited August 2014
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“lovely place to visit”
Reviewed August 13, 2014

Really enjoyed this historic landmark. The museum is really well designed and interesting. Nice cafe too.

Visited June 2014
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Durham, United Kingdom
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“Interesting place to visit”
Reviewed August 10, 2014

Lovely interesting place to visit right in the heart of Torquay…quite a surprise. Abbey and gardens were gorgeous with lots of interesting information and things to see. Lots for the kids to join in and do too. Well worth a visit while in Torquay.

Visited August 2014
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Dawlish, United Kingdom
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“A hidden gem”
Reviewed August 10, 2014

Positioned well back from the front, you could easily miss Torre Abbey, but you'd miss out, if you do! It's an extremely interesting place, from the buildings and art, to the gardens and palm house. We spent 3 excellent hours wondering around. So glad we bought the return pass and they added a couple of months extra to the year's pass, as they are closed Jan/Feb.

A hidden gem and no mistake.

Visited August 2014
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