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Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens

The Kings Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE, England
+44 1803 293593
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Historic Building

With the you learn about the history of the whole of Torbay and the problems experienced. You visit... read more

Reviewed 20 October 2016
History clearly explained.

A well laid out route takes you through the history of the abbey and at every stage there is a... read more

Reviewed 20 October 2016
Dick G
Greater London, 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 20 October 2016

With the you learn about the history of the whole of Torbay and the problems experienced. You visit a dining room with talking plates from Nelson

Thank VinceDurham
Reviewed 20 October 2016

A well laid out route takes you through the history of the abbey and at every stage there is a clear and concise explanation. Neat use of video helps you understand how people felt about their work and play. Do not miss the garden and...More

Thank Dick G
Reviewed 20 October 2016

We were surprised to find a modern museum with interesting displays from the abbey days to Napoleonic times. The old painting showed Torquay as it once was before progress hit it. Despite the mid October date we found there was a fine display of flowers...More

Thank Peter B
Reviewed 16 October 2016

Beautiful Abbey, with lovely grounds, and lots of things to see inside. The wedding venue was the Spanish Barn within the grounds.

Thank marleyelaine
Reviewed 14 October 2016

This place was a complete revelation. From the outside you would never believe just how much history, colour and interest is packed into one building. Normally I race through stately homes and houses but there was so much to enjoy here that I found three...More

Thank Barbara T
Reviewed 9 October 2016

A must if visiting Torquay. Very well laid out and easy to learn of the history of the Abbey and Torquay. Gardens still had colourful flowers in bloom. Found the glass-houses of particular interest.

1  Thank Pauline B
Reviewed 7 October 2016

What a lovely place steeped in history, Staff where friendly and welcoming, Price was excellent, Great gardens and green houses to visit with loads of interesting plants, Lots of historical artifacts to study and admire, Allow plenty of time for your visit and the coffee...More

1  Thank Ron284
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Went with my wife last weekend and we only had about three hours spare, but it's as well that the ticket also gives you access the following day as I could quite easily have spent many more hours in this spectacular Abbey/Stately home/ruins and gardens....More

2  Thank DaveSimon
Reviewed 2 October 2016

The recent Ageing Well Festival provided an irresistible opportunity to reacquaint ourselves’ with the history, rooms, art collection and gardens of this attraction. We had not revisited the abbey since it reopened after the extensive restorations. Even more fortunate was the presence of the exhibition...More

1  Thank ditsywitsy
Reviewed 1 October 2016

This attraction is well worth visiting. Be prepared for a long stay, especially on a sunny day because of the beautifully tended gardens with the well signed and explained plants within the giant greenhouses. The compact nature trails are easily navigated along wide paths. The...More

Thank William S
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Beryl W
What is there to see for the cost
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
How much is the admission
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
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