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Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens

The Kings Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE, England
+44 1803 293593
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My adult daughter and I visited the Abbey for the first time despite living not far away and were... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Teignmouth, United Kingdom
Mini golf excellent

The gardens are amazing in fact there was a dozen people tending it Restocking the plants - very... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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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. 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 4 days ago

My adult daughter and I visited the Abbey for the first time despite living not far away and were pleasantly surprised. The abbey is mostly a ruin but the house has plenty to see with interactive displays to suit all ages.Some wonderful art there. The...More

Thank Carole89
Reviewed 5 days ago

The gardens are amazing in fact there was a dozen people tending it Restocking the plants - very well kept But we used the mini par 3 golf course The greens were as good as any main course that we have seen anywhere

Thank 2greenfingers55
Management response:Responded 4 days ago

Hi. We are delighted that you enjoyed the gardens and a round of mini golf. You most pop into the main abbey (the 19th hole!) next time you are in the area!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed this, good value for money at £8 as you get such a varied experience. The Abbey is beautiful and you can see the old dining rooms as they were, the museum is very informative and the art, along with the art history...More

Thank Emma M
Management response:Responded 4 days ago

Hi Emma, thanks so much for your lovely review and we are delighted you had such a great experience. There is a lot to see isn't there! We hope to welcome you back again in the future. Thanks again. Matt

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's a pleasant walk along the seafront from the town to the park & Torre Abbey. Our family ticket charged only for the adults & gave us free entry the next day. Displays on the upper floors are well thought through; the animated Duke of...More

Thank Noel B
Management response:Responded 4 days ago

Hi Noel. Thanks for your review and we really happy that you had such an enjoyable experience both in the Abbey and the tea-rooms. And I'll pass on your kind words to the staff as well. Matt

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came here with friends lovely, friendly staff. Cream tea was lovely we all ordered one expecting to get one scone each, there were two scones each. The cones were beautiful warm, with an added Strawberry's and tiny Battenburg slices.

Thank Silvana A
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Hi, thanks for the positive feedback and I'll pass on your kind words to the team in the café. In fact you've got me craving a cream tea myself now! Matt

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You never know what you will find in some one-off historic buildings but this one surpassed even the 2 large trusts out there. This place was fascinating to the point one visit isn't enough for us so we've taken a yearly membership. The effort that...More

Thank andy w
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Hi Andy Thanks for your amazing review, we really appreciate it. And we are delighted you had such a good experience and even more delighted you have taken out an annual membership as well. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Matt

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Torre Abbey is well worth a visit. It will appeal to all ages. It is packed with interesting facts. It has a beautiful garden too. The café serves great snacks and drinks inside and outside over looking a pleasant green.

Thank Val W
Management response:Responded 3 weeks ago

Hi Val Thanks for the great feedback and glad you enjoyed your visit. Matt

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went with limited expectation on how accessible the day would be. Surprised was fully accessible and left with fun memories, having learnt about the abbey and its owners. We really enjoyed the greenhouses also having large exotic plants inside.More

Thank Tinytimtown
Management response:Responded 3 weeks ago

Hi Thanks so much for your great feedback. For an historic building we are really proud of how accessible we are, so it's great to know you can back this up. We are glad you had a fun day, and the greenhouses are amazing aren't...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this was visited using the road train, has 4 floors which have a lift, lots to see and listen to, lovely gardens with ruins and a large greenhouse where you can buy some plants, we had a lovely cream tea in the cafe on site,...More

Thank lorraine t
Management response:Responded 3 weeks ago

Hi Lorraine, it sounds like you had a great day! Thanks for the lovely feedback and we will pass on your compliments to the tea shop as well! Matt

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fabulous walking in the grounds with plenty of benches to stop and enjoy the views. Lots of history even if you don't get to see inside.

Thank Nicky W
Management response:Responded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the feedback - the grounds and views are stunning aren't they? We feel very blessed to work somewhere so picturesque! Matt

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Beryl W
What is there to see for the cost
23 June 2017|
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Response from andy w | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I think the daily price is £8 and children and under certain age free. The website should be up to date. We live in torbay so purchased a yearly subscription which, I think, was about £36 for the two of us and we can... More
Beryl W
How much is the admission
23 June 2017|
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Response from Emma M | Reviewed this property |
It's £8
Where can i find a discount code for entry to Torre Abbey?
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