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“Interesting & beautiful”

Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens
Ranked #7 of 62 things to do in Torquay
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 19 June 2014

This is a 'must-see' whilst in Torquay & set in lovely grounds. As one enters there's a room to the left with all the information you need to know before the tour,which is excellent.

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Reviewed 17 June 2014

Visited Torre Abbey on our last trip to Torquay and really enjoyed it. It is a very interesting place and everything is explained very well. The gardens and palm house are lovely to walk round and it has a lovely café. The gentleman on reception was very helpful and we had the added bonus of a special offer at the time of visiting with two tickets for the price of one which made it even better value for money. Would definitely recommend. June H

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Reviewed 17 June 2014

We decided to have a trip on the tourist train around Torquay and it stopped in Torre Abbey so we got off to have a look around and it is well worth a visit, We didn't stay as long as we would have liked but what we saw was really interesting. The Statue and the plates in the Cary Dining room were very good a bit scary at first with the holograph image of each person talking and telling their story.
Definitely worth a visit.

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Reviewed 15 June 2014

you must visit the Abbey its a good day out ,a very relaxing day in a lovely setting the house staff are so helpful and clearly love the place thank you

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Reviewed 14 June 2014

I have lived in Torbay for decades but had never visited Torre Abbey - my wife and I took a friend who was visiting from the US and we all found it fascinating and extremely well presented both inside and out and we had a very pleasant lunch too. It will certainly now be high on our list of places to take our future visitors.

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