Torre Abbey

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Torre Abbey

Opening Times

2017 - Openings (25 Mar 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

* 10am - 5.00pm (Last Admission 4.00pm)
March - May: Wednesday - Sunday
June - September: Monday - Sunday (7 days a week)
October - December: Wednesday - Sunday
Open all bank holiday Mondays: March, May and August
Closed: Chrismas

Address/Location

The Kings Drive
Torquay
Devon
TQ2 5JE

Contact

Tel: +44 01803 293593

Torre Abbey is once again open to the public following major restoration works.

Following the successful delivery of phase I, Torbay Development Agency was commissioned to oversee the next phase which restored the south range elements and improved the interpretation inside the building.

House family trails and children’s garden discovery backpacks help bring the Abbey to life and visitors of all ages can discover an array of hidden mysteries through personalised tours available in booklets or apps.

With its fine gatehouse, guest hall, abbot’s tower and remarkable undercrofts, the Abbey is the best preserved example of a medieval monastery in Devon and Cornwall. It also has one of the five most complete early medieval tithe barns in England.

There have been a number of famous visitors to the Abbey. These include Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson (1801), Caroline, Princess of Wales (1809) and Queen Elizabeth II, who has visited on a number of occasions.

The Spanish Barn, adjacent to the house, is so named because it played an important role housing 397 prisoners from the Spanish Armada. The prisoners were taken from the only galleon captured during the conflict - the Nuestra Senora del Rosario.

With a wealth of exotic and exciting plants, the gardens are a tranquil haven of beauty and pleasure, the perfect setting in which to relax, stroll or picnic. Exuberant plantings of herbaceous perennials, roses and dahlias sit in the formal 19th century landscape around the Abbey ruins.

The heated glasshouses, containing tropical and desert plants, are a treat for the senses whatever the season. A new medieval children’s garden is garden within a garden and has been lovingly created to entice people, of all ages, into the fascinating world of medieval plants and their uses. Turf seats, willow tunnels, sensory planting and a fountain offer the opportunity to explore, look, touch, and taste.

The restoration project has also created learning spaces, including a new educational suite built in the south-east wing, providing opportunities for students of all ages to get involved and explore the history of the site.

From mid September the Abbey is open from Wednesdays - Sundays. Last admission is at 4pm.

Torre Abbey is closed during January and February.

Ticket Information

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£7.85 per ticket
Child (3-15yrs)Free
Garden Only Adult Ticket£4.00 per ticket
Garden Only Senior£3.30 per ticket
Senior£6.45 per ticket

Annual Tickets also available.

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