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Torre Abbey

Type:Abbey/Priory

The Kings Drive, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 5JE

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Opening Dates and Times

Open all year (23 Jan 2022 - 18 Dec 2022)
DayTimes
MondayClosed*
Tuesday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*
Bank Holiday10:00 - 16:00*

* Open all year, Tuesday to Sunday (closed Mondays) from 10am till 5pm (last entry 3.45pm). Open Bank Holiday Mondays. Café open 7 days a week from 9.30am till 4pm.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£9.50 per ticket
Children & teens (Up to 19 years)£3.70 per ticket
Family (2 adults, including children)£21.00 per ticket
Family (1 adult, including children)£11.50 per ticket

Adult Annual Membership (unlimited access for 12 months) £19.00
Family Membership (2 adults, including children) £32.00
Family Membership (1 adult, including children) £21.00

About

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.

Awards

  • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

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Recent Reviews:

  • Miahoward36
    Cambridge, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Stop and smell the roses!
    4 of 5 stars
    26th May 2022
    Beautiful gardens, so inspiring and enthralling. Lovely to see new areas coming into being too with gardeners at work using their creative gifts . Lots of benches to sit and peacefully soak up the... Read full review
  • Niceone3
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Disappointed
    1 of 5 stars
    29th May 2022
    We eight pensioners were on a few days holiday from Cornwall. We were travelling by train to Torquay then using the buses. Some in the party were unable to walk the distances of our youth. I saw the... Read full review
  • brinleym
    South Wales
    TORRE ABBEY
    4 of 5 stars
    12th June 2022
    Just a short walk from the B&B is Torre Abbey great for relaxing with plenty of benches and local people who would stop and talk to you. Nice little coffee shop. Mini glof course and 5 minutes walk... Read full review

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30th Apr 2022 - 3rd July 2022

South Devon Stitchers “From Moor to Sea Devon’s Endangered Species, Torre Abbey, Torquay, DevonSouth Devon Stitchers “From Moor to Sea Devon’s Endangered Species”South Devon Stitchers are a group of embroiderers who meet in Torbay. For this year's major group project, they decided to create a series of panels depicting the endangered species of Devon - from Dartmoor down to the sea. Chosen species were identified with the help of many local organisations…
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20th June 2022 - 4th Sept 2022

Brilliant Bees and Their Curious CousinsBrilliant Bees and Their Curious CousinsThis summer Torre Abbey will be all abuzz with an engaging exhibition celebrating bees. Brilliant Bees and Their Curious Cousins will look at the importance of bees and other insects as pollinators and also as part of the ecosystem.  Find out about the rare bee that only lives in one area of the…
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10th Sept 2022 - 17th Sept 2022

Agatha Christie roller skating with friends in Torquay, DevonInternational Agatha Christie FestivalThe 2022 festival will take place on 10th – 17th September. Agatha Christie is Torquay's most well-known resident and the best selling author of all time. Every year Torquay celebrates the life and work of its most famous resident with a Festival, supported by the Arts Council of England, and this…
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30th Sept 2022 - 2nd Oct 2022

Torre Abbey, Torquay, DevonFood FestivalThis new event will incorporate a large number of quality food and beverage trade stands (including a mix of freshly cooked food and food to be prepared/consumed at home) as well as cooking demonstrations by local and celebrity chefs and food related and nutrition information stands.
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Facilities

Establishment Features

  • Cater for groups

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users

Facilities

Accessibility

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

Attraction Facilities

  • Plant Sales
  • Shop
  • Tea Rooms

Catering

  • 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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Map & Directions

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.

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