Established in 1196, Torre Abbey is a museum of history and art housed in an Ancient Monument, with beautiful and award winning gardens. Plus "kids" (Under 19) enter for free all year.
The Abbey is a real hive of activity, where world class exhibitions are shown side by side with creative work from local emerging talent.
Specially curated exhibitions complement the museum’s permanent collection, which includes regionally important art with some nationally important works.
Our 800 Years Gallery explores local history, heritage and stories through interactive displays, talking portraits and videos.
Our award winning gardens are famed for exuberant plantings of herbaceous perennials, roses and dahlias. Rare shrubs and trees flourish in the English Riviera climate, and our Palm and Cactus Houses contain tropical and sub-tropical plants, including endangered palms from Kew Gardens.
A popular garden favourite is the Agatha Christie inspired ‘Potent Plants Tour’. The Queen of Crime was born in Torquay and the gardens feature poisonous plants used in her books.
Families will find plenty of adventures both inside and out in the gardens. Free kid’s trails throughout the house and gardens. There’s dressing up, games, plenty of outside space to relax and roam and fun workshops for all ages to enjoy. **KIDS & TEENS GO FREE**
Open all year round from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am until 5pm (last entry 4pm) and on Bank Holiday Monday’s in April, May and August.
April to September 2019 at Torre Abbey
The Printed Line
6 April – 2 June
On loan from the Arts Council Collection, this exhibition considers how artists have used a variety of printmaking techniques to exploit the potential of the printed line.
Young Art Devon
An exhibition of works by young people from across Devon, raising vital funds for Cancer Research UK.
The BFG in Pictures
8 June – 2 September
The BFG in Pictures is a touring exhibition from House of Illustration, featuring reproductions of Quentin Blake’s illustrations for Roald Dahl’s much loved story The BFG. Storytelling and other family activities including open air theatre and workshops will be running throughout the summer.
Open Air Cinema Festival
The return of our popular open air cinema festival featuring some well-known blockbuster and classic movies.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult||£8.00 per ticket|
|Annual Memberships||£16.00 per ticket|
|Annual Memberships (Concessions)||£15.00 per ticket|
|Concessions||£7.00 per ticket|
|Gardens Only||£2.50 per ticket|
|Gardens Only (Concessions)||£2.00 per ticket|
|Groups of 10 or more (Group leaders go free)||£5.50 per ticket|
|Groups of Language Students (Leaders go free)||£3.00 per ticket|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
From Torquay seafront, both Rathmore Road and Belgrave Road take you to Chestnut Avenue for Torre Abbey parking. To find our carpark, drive into the Riviera International Conference Centre and follow signs around to the back. This is a pay and display carpark.
Direct trains from Exeter Central and Newton Abbot. Torquay Train Station is within a 5 minute walk of Torre Abbey.
Seasonal ferries to Torquay operate daily from 1 April to 31 October from Brixham, Paignton and Dartmouth.
Numbers 12, 22, 60, 61, 62, Gold and X46 to Torre Abbey Meadows / Sands
Numbers 32, 62 to Torre Abbey bus stop (Walnut Road), 26 and 120 to Torquay Train Station bus stop (Rathmore Road).
By Land Train
The Torquay Land Train is a fun way to get around Torquay. It takes in the picturesque seafront and provides convenient pick up and drop off points at many of Torquay’s hotels and stops at Torre Abbey.
This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.
|Season (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 17:00|
* Open all year round (closed between Christmas and New Year)
Closed on Mondays, except Bank Holiday Monday’s in April, May and August.
Last entry at 4pm
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