Torre Abbey


The Kings Drive, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 5JE

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About Us

An English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark Key Site. 

Torre Abbey is Torbay's most historic building, an ancient scheduled monument dating back to 1196 set within 18 acres of garden and parkland.

The Abbey's story began with the arrival of an abbot and six canons at Torre, they had been sent from Welbeck Abbey in Nottinghamshire following the gift of land from the Lord of the Manor of Torre, William Brewer. Rich fertile land, proximity to the sea and stone from a nearby headland provided the founding medieval Premonstratensian Monks with all the resources they needed to establish Torre Abbey. 

Today the Abbey is a real hive of activity where world class exhibitions are shown side-by-side with creative work from local emerging talents. You can learn about the early years and the Georgian Cary Family who resided in the Abbey for hundreds of years. The fascinating Cary Family invited Horatio Nelson for a dinner party, this is recreated in the Dining Room. 

With over 600 incredible works of art from the 18th century to the presen day, our 800 years of history gallery explores local history, heritage and stories through interactive displays, talking portraits and videos, which really makes the Abbey a truly unique place to visit. 

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. Our Palm and Cactus Houses contain tropical and sub-tropical plants including endangered palms from Kew Gardens. 

All year round the gardens celebrate the achievements of Torquay's most famous resident 'Agatha Christie' through the Potent Plants Garden. You'll be surprised by the range of sinister but beautiful plants on show. Fans of the writer can also interpret the plants and clues in the four outside beds and solve the mystery of the missing story titles. 

We are a family-friendly museum, all year round we offering special house and garden trails and quizzes, learning activities, dressing up and a wide range of workshops. Torre Abbey is accessible for prams and children, with a lift running to each floor, buggy parking and baby-changing faciltities. We welcome picnicking in our gardens, and have plenty of spots to enjoy alfresco dining. 

Our gift shop is open during Abbey opening hours, selling everything from locally produced gin, preserves and sweets, to traditional toys, plants, gardening accessories, mugs and annual memberships. 

During August we hold our Outdoor Cinema Festival, showing a range of cult classics, blockbuster movies and family favourites under the stars in our romantic ruins. For each screening our licensed pop-up bar is open selling a range of refreshments and movie snacks. 

For full details on all of our exhibitions, events and workshops visit our website. 

A Visual Guide is now available for Torre Abbey,  The Guide is a site specific online tool to help people plan and consider their visit to a new place. The Visual Guide shows anything from functional information like entry prices, parking and facilities, but also highlights elements like sound levels, lighting types, spaces and bespoke features that may cause alarm or confusion.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£9.00 per ticket
Children & teens (Up to 19 years)£3.50 per ticket
Family (2 adults, including children)£20.00 per ticket
Family (1 adult, including children)£12.00 per ticket

Adult Annual Membership (unlimited access for 12 months) £18.00
Family Membership (2 adults, including children) £30.00
Family Membership (1 adult, including children) £20.00


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Opening Times

Open all year (23 Jan 2021 - 18 Dec 2021)
Tuesday - Wednesday10:00 - 17:00*
Friday - Saturday10:00 - 17:00*

* Torre Abbey is closed until Saturday 23 January. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

We are open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Pre Booking is highly recommended, but you can ask on our front desk if we have slots free on the day.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change
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19th May 2021 - 27th June 2021

Torre Abbey Spring Open Art Exhibition: Chasing Rainbows, Torquay, DevonTorre Abbey Spring Open Art Exhibition: Chasing RainbowsRainbows are not just a beautiful natural phenomenon, they represent peace and hope and the metaphorical promise of sunshine after the rain. In 2020 they were used as a powerful emblem of solidarity with our NHS and key workers, while throughout history they have been given a spiritual meaning in…
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11th June 2021 - 30th Aug 2021

Printmakers Exhibition - Torre Abbey, Torquay, DevonPrintmakers Exhibition - Torre AbbeyTogether with the Artizan Gallery, we have chosen two local printmakers - Ian Cox and Allison Reshad - the chance to display their stunning works here at Torre Abbey. The exhibition is in the Gathering Space and is free with admission. The show will actually run until 30th August. Torre Abbey is a…
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23rd June 2021 - 23rd June 2021

30th June 2021 - 30th June 2021

Daisi present Art Effect - Torre Abbey, Torre Abbey, Torquay, DevonDaisi present Art Effect - Torre AbbeyDevon Arts In Schools Initiative (DAISI) are offering 10 free creative taster sessions suitable for ages 11-16 at two venues in Torbay - Torre Abbey in Torquay and Sound Communities in Paignton. Try your hand at DJing, digital music production, radio and printmaking using line, screen and stamps.…
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1st July 2021 - 30th Aug 2021

Journeys: Mayflower 400 - Torre Abbey Torre Abbey Museum, TorquayJourney: Mayflower 400 - Torre AbbeySuitable for all ages Entry to this event is included with normal admission Journeys: Mayflower 400 The Tamar Valley Printmakers (UK) and the Cape Cod Printmakers (USA) are presenting a new body of artistic work inspired by the journey taken by the Mayflower 400 years ago. Each artists will use…
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3rd July 2021 - 5th Sept 2021

The English Riviera
Home Products Event Royal Photographic Society: South West Region Biennial Exhibition (2878523)
'Lockdown' - Young People's PhotStitch by the Sea - South Devon Stitchers Exhibition ExhibitionStitch by the Sea - South Devon Stitchers Exhibition Saturday 3 July - Sunday 5 September South Devon Stitchers are a friendly group who enjoy all forms of embroidery and textiles. Members vary from highly experienced to novice stitchers and all are welcome. We usually have monthly meetings in…
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19th Aug 2021 - 30th Aug 2021

Torre Abbey Open Air Cinema Festival, Torre Abbey, Torquay, DevonTorre Abbey Open Air Cinema FestivalBack bigger and better than ever in 2021! Returning for a fourth year the screening of iconic and blockbuster movies in our stunning gardens and amongst the Abbey ruins. We know the good old British weather can sometimes let us down which is why this time, if it's raining we will be hosting…
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5th Sept 2021 - 5th Sept 2021

The Great West Jaguar Day & Classic Car Day, Torre Abbey, Torquay, DevonThe Great West Jaguar Day & Classic Car DayIt's back for another year! JEC Devon is proud once again to present the 2021 Great West Jaguar and Classic Car Day at Torre Abbey in Torquay. Taking place from 10am on Sunday September 5th, over 130 Classic Cars will gather to celebrate all things motoring. As with their last event, alongside…
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11th Sept 2021 - 18th Sept 2021

International Agatha Christie Events at Torre Abbey, Torre Abbey, Torquay, DevonInternational Agatha Christie Events at Torre AbbeyThe aim of the Festival is to demonstrate that great art is for everyone and widen participation in the arts, while satisfying the traditional demands of the loyal Agatha Christie fan-base.
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11th Sept 2021 - 18th Sept 2021

International Agatha Christie Festival 2021International Agatha Christie FestivalAfter an online existence in 2020, which marked 30 years since it was first held, the International Agatha Christie Festival, funded by Arts Council England, returns to the English Riviera this September. And it’s bigger than ever (See the current programme, annexed). Among many highlights: - The…
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5th Oct 2021 - 21st Oct 2021

Torbay Guild of Artists -  Torre Abbey, Torquay, DevonTorbay Guild of Artists ExhibitionA showcase of stunning images by the Torbay Guild of Artists.  This exhibition will be held in the Spanish Barn.  Entry to the exhibition is free.  The Guild is an organisation for local artists to exhibit original work. They have painters, sculptors, ceramists and other various producers of…
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27th Nov 2021 - 28th Nov 2021

Winter Fest - Torre Abbey, Torquay, DevonWinter Fest - Torre AbbeyJoin us for our 4th Winter Fest event here at Torre Abbey! This year we will be hosting it in the stunning setting of the Spanish Barn as well as the in the house itself, as part of the Abbey Christmas programme of events. This charming event offers visitors the chance to buy a range of unique…
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    Recent Reviews:

    • Cardiardaith
      Wales, UK
      Great place to visit between 4 and 7pm
      5 of 5 stars
      27th Dec 2020
      Plenty to keep you occupied here in a fascinating building with some historic rooms, lots of artefacts and an excellent shop. I particularly liked the paintings and the gallery describing different... Read full review
    • Barry S
      St Albans, United Kingdom
      Torre Abbey
      5 of 5 stars
      25th May 2021
      Having visited many museums this rated very highly in our opinion. There were some exceptional exhibits, lots of historical facts and artefacts. A thoroughly modern museum with interactive displays... Read full review
    • Havechairwilltravel
      Somerset, United Kingdom
      Close but no banana
      3 of 5 stars
      1st June 2021
      We had booked tickets for the abbey but when we arrived the lift was out of order so it was not possible for us to get in. The staff were really lovely, we were given a full refund, and had a wander... Read full review


    Road Directions

    Torre Abbey is 10 minutes drive from most areas of Torquay, 20 minutes from Paignton and 50 minutes from Plymouth and Exeter. From Exeter and the east:From Exeter and the east, follow signs for Torquay A380, then Torquay Seafront A3022. You will arrive at a 5 roads junction with the gates to the Abbey ahead of you. There is no parking in the grounds but you can take 2nd exit, Chestnut Avenue for parking at the front of the Riviera International Centre OR sharp right, Walnut Road for Torre Valley car park. Both are just 2 minutes walk from the Abbey and are pay and display. From Babbacombe, Paignton and other areas of Torbay:Follow the seafront and turn into Rathmore Road, immediately next to the Grand Hotel. Follow this road with the station on you left and you will reach the five roads junction – sharp left for Walnut Road, Torre Valley car park and straight across for Chestnut Avenue, Riviera Centre car park.

    Public Transport Directions

    --- By Bus -----------The Abbey is 5 minutes walk from all seafront bus routes. In summer the Torquay road train will call in to the Abbey grounds. --- By Train -----------Torre Abbey is 10 minutes walk from Torquay Rail Station (not Torre). From the station head NE along the seafront then approach the Abbey along The King’s Drive.



    • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
    • Assistance Dogs
    • Facilities for the Disabled
    • Guide Dogs Permitted
    • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
    • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

    Attraction Facilities

    • Plant Sales
    • Shop
    • Tea Rooms


    • On-Site café/restaurant

    Establishment Features

    • Available for wedding receptions
    • Cater for groups
    • Coach drop-off point
    • Conference facilities
    • Event venue
    • Licenced for civil marriages
    • On-site Restaurant/Cafe
    • Open All Year
    • Shop
    • Tea / Coffee Shop
    • Toilets
    • Wedding Venue

    Key Features

    • Indoor Attraction - You can visit the Abbey building and the gardens
    • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
    • Outdoor Attraction - You can visit the Gardens only for £4

    Parking & Transport

    • On Bus Route
    • Parking (charge) - Public Pay and Display car park nearby.

    Payment Methods

    • All major credit cards accepted
    • Contactless payment accepted

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Educational Visits Accepted
    • Guided Tours Available for Groups

    Travel & Trade

    • Group discounts available

    Venue Facilities

    • Beach adajacent for photography
    • Garden/grounds available for photography
    • Groups Accepted
    • Late licence for evening receptions
    • Licenced for civil marriages
    • Marriage / Reception Room decoration

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