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Potent Plants Garden - Torre Abbey


Torre Abbey, The Kings Drive, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 5JE
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Do not touch! is the warning for all visitors to the Potent Plants Garden at Torre Abbey. Inspired by the life of crime writer Agatha Christie, the Abbey’s head gardener dug deep into the murky world of poisons, antidotes and remedies in Christie’s novels and created a garden featuring a variety of interesting plants that may cure or kill depending on one’s motives. Of course, it’s not really dangerous - less potent garden cultivars were planted and the garden is designed to entertain - not provide murderous opportunities!

This particular section is only a small part of the rest of the abbey’s garden. You’ll also find tombs of monks in the grounds, a palm house, the ruins of the original church and perfectly manicured flower beds with one of the best dahlia collections in the Westcountry. The garden also hosts sculpture exhibitions from local and visiting artists.

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.

Open Wednesdays to Sundays - last admission at 4pm.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Gardens Only£2.50 per ticket
Gardens Only (Child)Free
Gardens Only (Concession)£2.00 per person per day

A garden ticket is valid for two consecutive days. Children and teens go FREE, when accompanied by a paying adult.

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  • Gift Shop

Attraction Facilities

  • Plant Sales
  • Shop
  • Tea Rooms

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

Key Features

  • Celebrity connection
  • Families
  • Groups
  • Haunted
  • In town/city centre
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Weddings


  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • Facilities for the Disabled
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Children & Infants

  • Facilities for children

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking
  • On Bus Route
  • Parking (charge) - Paid parking is available right next door at the English Riviera Conference Centre. Disabled parking is available on site.


  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Payment Methods

  • All major credit cards accepted
  • Cash & Cheque accepted
  • Special group rates

Establishment Features

  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Business facilities (eg. Fax/ modem)
  • Cater for groups
  • Coach drop-off point
  • Conference facilities
  • Event venue
  • Event Venue
  • Licenced for civil marriages
  • On-site Restaurant/Cafe
  • Open All Year
  • Picnic Area
  • Shop
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets
  • Wedding Venue

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed towards children
  • Marketed towards senior citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available
  • Packed lunches available
  • Wi-fi available

Opening Times

Now open all year (25 Mar 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
Bank Holiday10:00 - 17:00

* Torre Abbey is now open daily, from 10am till 5pm (last entry 4pm).

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This Official Tourism Website is managed by the English Riviera BID Company Ltd.
Company number 10237792.
Registered address 5 Vaughan Parade, Torquay, Devon, England, TQ2 5JG.
Telephone 01803 211211

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