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Torre Abbey Torre Abbey is Torbay’s most historic building, a multi-award winning visitor attraction, set within 18 acres of stunning gardens and parkland.
• More than 600 incredible works of art, from the 18th century to the present day
• State-of-the-art technology, telling the Abbey’s fascinating story
• An exciting programme of specially curated seasonal exhibitions
• Family-friendly trails and fun children’s activities
• A secret walled garden, home to the Agatha Christie Potent Plants display
• A packed programme of events and activities throughout the year
• Onsite café and gift shop
Torre Abbey is an archaeological site of national importance. Founded in 1196, it became the wealthiest English monastery of the order of Premonstratensian canons. The extent of its survival makes Torre Abbey the best-preserved medieval abbey in Devon and Cornwall. After King Henry VIII closed the monastery in 1539, two of its former ranges of buildings were adapted for use as a private house. From 1662, this house became the home of the Cary family, who lived here for nearly 300 years.
Art and Culture
Today the abbey provides an ideal setting for Torbay’s collection of paintings and antiques, most of which have been donated by local people. Several times a year, Torre Abbey welcomes visiting art exhibitions from partners including the V&A, the Tate and the Arts Council Collection.
Family Friendly Activities
We recognise that children are the museum visitors of tomorrow, so we want them to have the best experience possible. Free activity sheets are available from the main desk, while we also organise regular treasure hunts and other workshops and activities to complement our visiting exhibitions.
Our award-winning garden is 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 house contain tropical and subtropical plans. The gardens celebrate the achievements of Torquay’s most famous former resident, Agatha Christie, all year round through the Potent Plants Garden.
Torre Abbey has just launched a virtual tour of the house and gardens thanks to funding from South West Museum Development Recovery Grants scheme. The digital tour allows people to fully immerse themselves in the Abbey’s history, discovering its collections and exploring the surrounding grounds.
It is hoped that the tour will give people a taster of what to expect before they visit Torre Abbey, whilst also providing access to those who may not be able to physically come to the museum in person. This might include people in care homes, hospitals, prisons, schools (in particular those with vulnerable pupils) and those with limited mobility.
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Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am till 5pm (last entry 3.45pm). Our café is open 7 days a week.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult||£9.00 per ticket|
|Adult Annual Memberships||£18.00 per ticket|
|Children (5 - 17 years)||£3.50 per ticket|
|Family (2 adults, including children)||£20.00 per ticket|
|Family (1 adult, including children)||£12.00 per ticket|
|Family Membership (1 adult, including children)||£20.00 per ticket|
|Family Membership (2 adults, including children)||£30.00 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.
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