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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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An interesting place to visit my children 13 and 16 enjoyed the afternoon there, quite a lot to see .Nice gardens and ruins to look at and there is also a cafe there although we... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 August 2016
Steyning, United Kingdom
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Steyning, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

An interesting place to visit my children 13 and 16 enjoyed the afternoon there, quite a lot to see .Nice gardens and ruins to look at and there is also a cafe there although we didn't visit it.

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Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

I have seldom been to a museum or historic building which has been so comprehensively and thoughtfully explained - with just the right amount of detail. I got to understand how a Medieval abbey was laid out for the first time as well as a real sense of how the Abbey has fared since then. In addition, there were some... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

This building has been well preserved and the exhibition and galleries in it very well presented. It provided a good insight into life in the abbey and a gave background to the family who lived there in later years. My visit there was slightly marred by a well-meaning but slightly patronising member of staff (or volunteer) who pointed out, albeit... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

Such a surprise to find this beautiful place right in the centre of busy Torquay, and worth visiting the town for this alone. We spent several hours here, and could easily have been there the whole day. The ticket enables you to visit over two days, and had I not been returning home, I would have visited twice. There is... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

I had very low expectations, thinking it was just a way to kill 45 minutes. Well, I was totally wrong. I could still be there. It starts as an exhibition on an old abbey, with some artefacts from the Middle Ages, but it turns into a tour de force in English history and even more so in the way to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

Was not sure about paying £7.85 entry but it was worth it. Newly refurbished and plenty of interactive items including talking plates! Check out the menu in the tea room - great for a morning brunch.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

Firstly, this attraction is much bigger and more diverse than it looks from the outside. The building is split over three levels (with a lift) and provides a range of interesting artefacts and displays from the 10th Century onwards. Some of the displays are interactive, which makes it suitable for children. There are numerous galleries based around themes: my particular... More 

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Sidmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Well laid out museum and gallery inside and nice gardens outside. Watch out for the creepy bit in the 800 years displays. The talking plates in the dining room was clever. Good disabled access in the museum, less so in the gardens and room for improvement in the cafe for which you have to go outside the museum entrance to... More 

Thank Gareth P
New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

This historic house with its spectacular garden, includes an homage to Agatha Christie, who had a home here, is well worth visiting. The house guide and head gardener were both enthusiastic and lovely.

Thank NewYorkWendy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

Was sceptical about the cost to enter this attraction but once inside i found it was well worth the cost. Excellent gardens, very quiet and ample seating for those who need to take the occasional rest. The Museum is set over 4 floors with lifts to cater for those with mobility problems. Due to the nature of the building floors... More 

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