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Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens

The Kings Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE, England
+44 1803 293593
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Well restored house in the Abbey grounds with extensive gardens and green/hot houses; there are... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Steve W
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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
First time visit

Came to Torquay for three days for my birthday first time here in Torquay ask the locals who worked... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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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The Kings Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Well restored house in the Abbey grounds with extensive gardens and green/hot houses; there are good exhibits showing the Abbey though time together with local history items

Thank Steve W
matthewnewbury, Guest Relations Manager at Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for your review Steve and we are glad you enjoyed you visit with us.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came to Torquay for three days for my birthday first time here in Torquay ask the locals who worked in the hotel. They recommend This place we had a free day so we decided to head down there. wasn't too expensive the prices was beautiful...More

Thank xamz10x
matthewnewbury, Guest Relations Manager at Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, thanks so much for visiting us and your lovely review. And I will pass on your kind words to the whole team.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting museum with different stages of history of the Abbey. The paintings and sculptures are very good and the restoration work on the house has been carried out to a high standard. The exhibitions are first class using modern technology, there is a conversation...More

Thank Annrose22
matthewnewbury, Public Relations Manager at Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the lovely review and it's great to hear you had such an enjoyable visit. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the future.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you ever visit Torquay for some reasons, visit this abbey (now museum). In the medieval times it was hosting canon monks that lived frugally; in contrast that it was one of the richest abbey in England, owning 1/6 of the taxed land. Changes happen,...More

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

Thanks for your great review Raymond and we are delighted you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Sat amongst the flower beds , beautiful colours. Nice place to watch the world go by even with the very large fair that was just starting up for the day.

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

Thanks Lesley. The fair has now moved on and we have our lovely views of the sea back!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Great historical displays well laid out and very informative. Filmed characters to narraate particular periods in history.

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

Thanks for your review Helen and we are really glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent day out, interesting information on what happened with Spanish Armada and Spanish prisoners. Fine Pre-Raphaelite pictures

Thank Nick B
matthewnewbury, Guest Relations Manager at Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Nick, many thanks for your kind comments and we are delighted you enjoyed your visit with us. we look forward to welcoming you back again. Matt

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walking through Torre Abbey gardens, we came across the lovely little cafe and stopped for lunch. Beautiful home made soup and bread, fabulous cakes, cream teas etc and gorgeous views sitting outside. Perfect! Watching preparations for a wedding, looked the perfect place to celebrate.

Thank Dycy6263
matthewnewbury, Guest Relations Manager at Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi, thanks for your lovely review of the café, we will pass on your kind words to the owners. And it is a great spot for a wedding!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are a family of five with the youngest being 7 and we all enjoyed looking at the galleries and exploring the house and gardens. There was many interactive features that we all enjoyed. The children especially loved holding the sticking insects located in the...More

Thank DPritchard79
matthewnewbury, Guest Relations Manager at Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review and we are delighted that your family had such a great time. We will say "hi" to the stick insects from your children! :)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is really interesting its set out on 3 floors i have visited before but always find something I have missed it is set in beautiful gardens if you like art and history you will like this place

Thank catz20
matthewnewbury, Guest Relations Manager at Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your great review and please do pop back and visit us again. Our annual passes are great value for money if you are a local. Thanks again!

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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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