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Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens

The Kings Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE, England
+44 1803 293593
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An excellent museum - really worth a visit.

We came across this museum on the first day of our holiday in Torquay and am so glad we decided to... read more

Reviewed yesterday
liz1915
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
Well designed history and lovely gardens

Initially I thought that the admission was rather steep, but take your time and look beyond the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
steve c
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Wiltshire
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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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Reviewed yesterday

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 days 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

Thank steve c
Reviewed 5 days 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
Reviewed 5 days ago

We enjoyed our visit here on the last day, beautiful gardens and a nice historic building :) Perfect

Thank Steve P
Reviewed 5 days ago

I visited Torre Abbey to see the Face2Face exhibition and I wasn't disappointed. The exhibition is very interesting and I like the way the pictures, photos, drawings and paintings have been mingled in with the existing artwork. The gardens are beautiful and lovely to spend...More

Thank HeadlandView
Reviewed 1 week ago

very disappointing. more like a half empty museum. not much in the house, grounds well kept. garden although a lot of dahlias and other flowers it was sad not to see the palm trees that were around the area a t one time. £7 entry...More

Thank Jackie B
matthewnewbury, Guest Relations Manager at Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Jackie, we are very surprised to hear that you had such a disappointing experience. In fact it is incredibly rare for us to get such a negative review, as people love their visit. With over 800 years of history in Torre Abbey and some...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The Land Train took us to Torre Abbey and as it was raining we decided to visit, It was very interesting and informative. Spent 2 hours there. Great insight into the Abbey and the Carr? Family. Some Very nice art work to be seen. Interactive...More

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matthewnewbury, Guest Relations Manager at Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks very much for your review, we are delighted that you enjoyed your visit so much. It's definitely a great place to visit on a rainy day, although it's great on a sunny day too! The land train is also a great way of getting...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This has to be a leading gem of the English Riviera. So much to see, from the attractive ruins of the Abbey itself, to the absolutely stunning gardens, including the Palm and Cactus houses, the medieval undercroft with clever AV presentations of the Abbey history;...More

Thank jimibob
matthewnewbury, Public Relations Manager at Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, thanks for your warm review, it is really appreciated. We believe it is "the leading gem of the English Riviera" too! It's great to know that you think we have the balance right between keeping the building, gardens and ruins attractive while also bringing...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped in the Torre Abbey on rainy day in Torquay. The visit was goog,very interesting and informative. Spent 2 hours there. Good insight into the abbey and the Carr? Family. Some nice art work to be seen. Cosy little cafe for coffee and great cake...More

Thank KTT62
matthewnewbury, Guest Relations Manager at Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi. We are glad you stopped by, it's a great place to visit on a rainy day (or a sunny day for that matter). Thanks for the review and hopefully welcome you back to the Abbey again someday. Matt

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This ancient Abbey and house is a fantastic historical place to visit,Great paintings sculptures and general historical items,paintings and talking statues make this different from many similar places

Thank Sidneysmum
matthewnewbury, Guest Relations Manager at Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi. Thanks for the great review and we are delighted you had such a great experience. Many thanks. Matt

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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
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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
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RichardBarkwaySmith
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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
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