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Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens

The Kings Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE, England
+44 1803 293593
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A very worthwhile visit

Much more inside than the outside suggests. The exhibitions are first class with great use of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Torre abbey

Torre abbey boasts some nice art and a good interactive history display. Was a good way to spend an... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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 including the International Agatha Christie Festival, open-air theatre and cinema, a music and arts festival and family events. 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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The Kings Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE, England
+44 1803 293593
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Much more inside than the outside suggests. The exhibitions are first class with great use of modern tech. You can see a conversation taking place including Horatio Nelson in a dining room with talking plates. The paintings and sculptures are very good and the restoration...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Torre abbey boasts some nice art and a good interactive history display. Was a good way to spend an hour or two whilst the rain came down.and the coffee shop café is good quality

Thank fibreglassroy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Torre abbey had some nice art and a good interactive history display. Was a good way to spend an hour or two whilst the rain came down.

Thank craiglF1076EA
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited this expecting more of an historic experience relating to the Abbey. Most of the original Abbey was destroyed by Henry VIII and the property became a home. There were some historical artefacts in the museum but the majority of exhibits related to a contemporary...More

1  Thank LorrainePer57
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

While I personally did not enjoy the inner parts of the Abbey which includes a gallery, I did like the garden. There are ruins of medieval times and beautifully planted flowers that make really good photos. If you are in the area, visiting is well...More

1  Thank GirlOnTheMove Z
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is only a small quaint place but it has lots going for it. The dahlias by themselves are worth a visit. There is a heated greenhouse with many exotic plants to view. It is all surrounded by a great wall and a beautiful building...More

Thank Rich K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well planned exhibition of the history of the abbey. Gardens and glasshouses most interesting and enjoyable.

Thank hmiwmp1945
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came across this museum on the first day of our holiday in Torquay and am so glad we decided to visit. It is a museum that works on so many levels and it is impossible to see it all in one visit. The museum...More

Thank liz1915
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Initially I thought that the admission was rather steep, but take your time and look beyond the high-tech and gimmicks and you have a very interesting building boasting a lot of history and with really impressive gardens including a fascinating glasshouse. Torre Abbey was originally...More

1  Thank steve c
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

excellent venue for peace and quiet of the gardens by the sea. and the excellent layout of the abbey and the facilities telling the story from the beginning to the present day.

Thank Michelin24
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Beryl W
23 June 2017|
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Response from matthewnewbury | Property representative |
Hi. There's 800 year's of history and four floors and gardens to explore. The top floor is an interactive museum, with talking exhibits, video screens and other clever hi-tech ways of bringing history alive. You then have... More
Beryl W
23 June 2017|
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Response from matthewnewbury | Property representative |
Hi. it's £8 adults, £7 for seniors, free for children and teenagers up to 19 years-old. Carers go free. An annual 1196 Club Membership is £16 for unlimited entry (£30 for a couple). You can also go in the gardens only for... More
12 July 2016|
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Response from Karen P | Reviewed this property |
Its the local exeter brochure we picked ours up in dawlish warren has vouchers inside