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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 - 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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A review of the garden only

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Ian P
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Peaceful and beautiful looking out Plenty of dog walkers going past Best thing it's free!! Gardens surrounding are well maintained and place clean

Thank Luisa T
Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Right in the heart of Torquay, the abbey has had a long and interesting history which can be followed here and some really quirky facts. The gardens still have a bit of interest even in November but the cactus and palm houses where wonderful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A really beautiful building which you really must visit.Recently refurbished at a cost of £15 million pounds this building will take you back 800 years.Allow plenty of time for your visit as there is also a garden to see & a lovely little cafe.We have an annual ticket as you never get bored<we visit several times a year>.

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Harpenden, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Incredible value...great interactive screens...very informative...allow 3 to 4 hours at least. Didn't get tired...great for disabled. Finish in shop and then the little cafe.

Thank Bob W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Very interesting old building dating back to the 12th century, well worth a visit but leave yourself plenty of time as there is a lot to see and read. Nice little cafe there as well.

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Brest, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

We were staying with family in Torquay and visited the Abbey and grounds this summer, as guests of Torre Abbey members we were invited to participate in a quiz in the Abbey which was good fun

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Telford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

interesting displays, gardens not too big but perfect for a stroll, great collection of cactuses and plants, fantastic value for money

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This is a really interesting musium and it is definitely worth a visit. There are some very cleaver special effects used to illustrate the history of the building which were really effective.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

This was a lovely place to visit on a lovely October morning. The grounds are worth strolling through and it was great seeing the tame squirrels gambolling on the grass. Must be a lovely place to visit in the summer.

Thank PhilB505

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