Torre Abbey
Torre Abbey
4.5
Historic SitesArchitectural BuildingsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Welcoming visitors for over 800 years . . . Torre Abbey is Torbay's most historic building, a scheduled ancient monument dating back to 1196 and set within 18 acres of garden and parkland. It’s also a multi-award-winning visitor attraction housing an impressive art collection boasting over 600 incredible works of art from the 18th century to the present day. Meanwhile, our 800 Years Gallery uses state-of-the-art technology to tell the abbey’s fascinating story through videos, talking portraits and interactive displays. This Torbay Council-owned museum and gardens is also a centre for creativity and culture, offering events and workshops as well as hosting world-class exhibitions alongside creative work from the cream of local talent. We also pride ourselves on being family friendly with a range of activities available for youngsters, both inside the historic buildings and outside in our gardens. Both our gift shop and café can be visited without buying a ticket.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Angela W
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely place, well presented; do visit!
    An extremely interesting and well-presented piece of local history, well suited to an outing with children, in that there were lots of lively and entertaining "hands-on" opportunities. Free entry to Art Fund members, but good value at £10.50 entry for adults. The building and gardens are full of interest and the tearoom provided a nice lunch. We enjoyed our outing and will go again.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 May 2023
  • jacobkings
    Maidstone, United Kingdom348 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic visit
    We have been going on holiday to Torquay for many years now, but never visited Torre Abbey before. We visited for the first time this year and we had a fantastic time! Loads to see both inside and outside in the gardens. The gardens were beautiful, there is a large greenhouse with lots of exotic plants, and loads of other lovely plants in the gardens. Also, am arid greenhouse with cacti in. There are also plants for sale too! Inside, there are many rooms to see, lots of artwork and also the brilliant Paddington exhibition too. The staff are all very nice and helpful too, the medieval undercrofts are a must see too! Will definitely visit again, a really brilliant day out that was very reasonably priced.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 July 2023
  • Surinder K
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Abbey we visited!
    There wa a lot to see at the Abbey including the gardens, abbey ruins, tropical plants in the greenhous, exhibition on the history of the abbey, as well as exhibitions on art and on Paddington bear! There's was a lovely peaceful atmosphere at the Abbey and you could easily spend a few hours there. We had to get a train so didn't manage to get round all of it. The abbey exhibition was very engaging as there was video clips of the different characters involved in the history of the abbey. The abbey is very near to the seafront and easy to get to. There's a cafe in the Spainish Barn which didn't have big choice of food and what we had tasted good (tea & cake) . It looked like there was ongoing restoration so maybe in the future there'll be more choice in the menu. There's a kiosk serving panini's and other hot food in the grounds which seem to be separate from the museum.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 July 2023
  • Liz D
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely gardens and greenhouse
    A real delight which is tucked away just a few minutes from the seafront. Buildings are packed full of history as well as lovely gardens and greenhouse. Great way to pass a morning or afternoon. Highly recommended
    Visited July 2023
    Written 21 July 2023
  • Alex B
    Willenhall, United Kingdom117 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome Abbey
    This is a good historical venue to pass a couple of hours. There is quite a lot more to see than you first think. The abbey is full of good historical displays and explains the history throughout the years. The gardens are very colourful and beautiful to explore too.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 July 2023
  • RobfromTorquay
    Torquay, United Kingdom54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A revelation
    An outstanding attraction presented with imagination and flair. It highlights the history of our country by linking it with episodes from Torquay’s past. The growth and subsequent suppression of the monasteries. The wars with Spain and France. Religious upheavals. History is brought vividly to life. Some stunning art work as well. And even Paddington Bear made an appearance - albeit for one summer only. The Spanish Barn has become a charming and unique cafe - though it would benefit from a wider choice of food and drink. And the garden and the greenhouse provide a stunning backdrop. Thanks to all staff for a warm welcome. They clearly all love the place but particular thanks go to head gardener Ali whose knowledge and enthusiasm are impressive
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Monika W
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out. Something for everyone
    Torre Abbey is an amazing place. Huge and inspiring and tells its history through Henry VIII ‘s dissolution of the Monasteries up to the present day. We had a great time and the animated audio- visuals were compelling. The gardens and Palm house were very well kept. A lovely place for a picnic lunch.
    Thank you for your complimentary review of Torre Abbey! Our goal is to offer visitors a comprehensive journey through time, and we are delighted that you enjoyed learning about the history of Torre Abbey, starting from 1196. Lastly, we couldn't agree more that Torre Abbey is a lovely place for a picnic lunch, its a bit cold at the moment but still wonderful! We appreciate you taking the time to share your positive feedback, and we hope to welcome you back to Torre Abbey in the future for another memorable visit!
    Written 12 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 November 2023
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Torquay, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Business
Hosted an event at the Spanish Barn on Torre Abbey, Phil was a great help in getting everything arranged and we look forward to more in the future!
Written 25 March 2024
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Keith P
53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
I would really advise a visit. We stayed for over 2 hours and could have stayed longer. Most interesting House and the gardens were kept to a very high standard. The only problem we had was trying to find the Car Park
Written 12 February 2024
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Hi Keith, Thank you so much for your review, we are delighted to hear you had an interesting time with us, we hope to see you back again... for a longer visit of course. Apologies regarding the parking , we do offer onsite disabled parking but all other parking is situated across the road at Torre Valley North car park or at the Riviera Centre located next door to us. Thank you again for visiting us.
Written 27 February 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Monika W
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Torre Abbey is an amazing place.
Huge and inspiring and tells its history through Henry VIII ‘s dissolution of the Monasteries up to the present day.
We had a great time and the animated audio- visuals were compelling.
The gardens and Palm house were very well kept.
A lovely place for a picnic lunch.
Written 11 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for your complimentary review of Torre Abbey! Our goal is to offer visitors a comprehensive journey through time, and we are delighted that you enjoyed learning about the history of Torre Abbey, starting from 1196. Lastly, we couldn't agree more that Torre Abbey is a lovely place for a picnic lunch, its a bit cold at the moment but still wonderful! We appreciate you taking the time to share your positive feedback, and we hope to welcome you back to Torre Abbey in the future for another memorable visit!
Written 12 January 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

tina n
Paignton, UK98 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Although we have lived In Paignton for the past 6 years this was our first visit, the only damper on it was the Tea Room, which wasn't that good.
We had visited the original Caffe some years ago when we were staying with family and we had a lovely Lunch .
Written 4 September 2023
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Terry E
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Very interesting place,me and my family really enjoyed it,well worth the money would recommend.Even my 4 year old grandson liked it.
Written 13 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

RobfromTorquay
Torquay, UK54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
An outstanding attraction presented with imagination and flair. It highlights the history of our country by linking it with episodes from Torquay’s past. The growth and subsequent suppression of the monasteries. The wars with Spain and France. Religious upheavals. History is brought vividly to life. Some stunning art work as well. And even Paddington Bear made an appearance - albeit for one summer only. The Spanish Barn has become a charming and unique cafe - though it would benefit from a wider choice of food and drink. And the garden and the greenhouse provide a stunning backdrop. Thanks to all staff for a warm welcome. They clearly all love the place but particular thanks go to head gardener Ali whose knowledge and enthusiasm are impressive
Written 5 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Alex B
Willenhall, UK117 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
This is a good historical venue to pass a couple of hours. There is quite a lot more to see than you first think. The abbey is full of good historical displays and explains the history throughout the years. The gardens are very colourful and beautiful to explore too.
Written 29 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Liz D
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
A real delight which is tucked away just a few minutes from the seafront. Buildings are packed full of history as well as lovely gardens and greenhouse. Great way to pass a morning or afternoon. Highly recommended
Written 21 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Surinder K
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
There wa a lot to see at the Abbey including the gardens, abbey ruins, tropical plants in the greenhous, exhibition on the history of the abbey, as well as exhibitions on art and on Paddington bear! There's was a lovely peaceful atmosphere at the Abbey and you could easily spend a few hours there.

We had to get a train so didn't manage to get round all of it. The abbey exhibition was very engaging as there was video clips of the different characters involved in the history of the abbey.

The abbey is very near to the seafront and easy to get to. There's a cafe in the Spainish Barn which didn't have big choice of food and what we had tasted good (tea & cake) . It looked like there was ongoing restoration so maybe in the future there'll be more choice in the menu.

There's a kiosk serving panini's and other hot food in the grounds which seem to be separate from the museum.
Written 9 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

jacobkings
Maidstone, UK348 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We have been going on holiday to Torquay for many years now, but never visited Torre Abbey before. We visited for the first time this year and we had a fantastic time! Loads to see both inside and outside in the gardens. The gardens were beautiful, there is a large greenhouse with lots of exotic plants, and loads of other lovely plants in the gardens. Also, am arid greenhouse with cacti in. There are also plants for sale too!
Inside, there are many rooms to see, lots of artwork and also the brilliant Paddington exhibition too.
The staff are all very nice and helpful too, the medieval undercrofts are a must see too!

Will definitely visit again, a really brilliant day out that was very reasonably priced.
Written 8 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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