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Address: The Kings Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE, England
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+44 1803 293593
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Wed - Sun 10:00 - 17:00

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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Interesting gardens and long history

The Abbey was closed until the end of March but lovelly gardens to walk through on the way to the sea front.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Stroud, Glos
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Stroud, Glos
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Abbey was closed until the end of March but lovelly gardens to walk through on the way to the sea front.

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Torbay C, Web Manager at Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens, responded to this review

We're glad you enjoyed your visit to the gardens. We are currently closed for conservation and cleaning. We look forward to welcoming you all back when we re-open on 25 March 2017. More 

Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

We have often walked past the abbey and decided to have a look inside. We were very disappointed as the art was nothing special. The grounds are lovely and the view of the sea is worth the visit.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

I really liked the gardens with the waterfall and the two ponds with lots of ducks and geese. It is very green and pleasant.

Thank Ethan E
Torquay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

This has to be one of the BEST museums ever. Talking displays and everything. All our wonderful TORBAY history laid out before you and lots more. It's interesting, it's fascinating, it's fun, it's absorbing and totally engaging. Love the gardens based around the antiquities and ruins with its Agatha Christie poisons area. All round just fab. Great and friendly staff... More 

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Newton Abbot, Devon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Walked through the gardens of Torre Abbey this afternoon on the way to Torquay seafront. Last time we came here we had to pay to visit the gardens as part of the entrance to the abbey. However today we noticed that we could visit the gardens for free. They are very interesting, even in winter with a surprising number of... More 

Thank MG_987
West Sussex
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

A very interesting and well laid out museum/art gallery with attractive gardens. A lift provides access to all floors. The small attached café was excellent, with very helpful staff and lovely food.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

A good place to visit,beautiful gardens and lovely walks,dogs allowed too. We visited in December but think more to do in the summer.

Thank janet270
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Didn't expect to visit here but popped in when on the Agatha Christie mile walk. There is plenty to see and it is well displayed and curated. Lots of paintings and sculpture. The history told spans the monastic times and the times when the house and buildings were home to the wealthy Cary family. The place is vast with displays... More 

Thank Ruth O
Paignton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

Torre Abbey is a wonderful place of old history standing a few minutes from the sea adjacent to Torre Abbey Sands. A listed building from around 1196, Torre Abbey is a historic house with gardens and a Spanish Barn set in the grounds. Along with a tea room, museum collection, art gallery and more, this space brings culture to the... More 

Thank KenMcKeating
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

We visited last Sunday but lack of staff meat that the house was not open. Fortunately the lovely gardens were open to visitors. OK so late November is not usually when gardens are at their best but there was still colour and the hot houses were interesting. The birdlife in the garden area was prolific. A lovely way to spend... More 

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