Torre Abbey

Abbey/Priory

The Kings Drive, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 5JE

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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. 

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

Awards

  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2020

Opening Times

Open all year (2 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)
DayTimes
MondayClosed*
Tuesday - Wednesday10:00 - 17:00*
ThursdayClosed*
Friday - Saturday10:00 - 17:00*
SundayClosed*

* We are open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday only (with Friday mornings for vulnerable visitors only. 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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Events

2nd Dec 2020 - 12th Dec 2020

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The English Riviera
Home Products Event Royal Photographic Society: South West Region Biennial Exhibition (2878523)
'Lockdown' - Young People's Phot'Lockdown' - Young People's Photography ExhibitionBack in February we teamed up with the Royal Photographic Society South West Branch to launch a photography competition for young people, completely unaware of how the world was about to change. As we went into a national lockdown, we adapted the competition and asked our young audiences to use…
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4th Dec 2020 - 3rd Jan 2021

Abbey Christmas - Torre Abbey, Ice Rink, Torquay, DevonPOSTPONED UNTIL 2021 - Abbey Christmas - Torre AbbeyHive Events Presents ‘Abbey Christmas’ a spectacular Christmas event taking place in the beautiful historic grounds of the Torre Abbey Museum in the heart of the English Riviera. This amazing new event will have host of activities for all ages which will include the first REAL ICE RINK to have been…
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5th Dec 2020 - 6th Dec 2020

Winter Fest - Torre Abbey, Torquay, DevonPOSTPONED UNTIL 2021 - Winter Fest - Torre AbbeyThis Christmas, Torre Abbey will be hosting its fourth Winter Fest event in the historic setting of the museum. We are now looking for local artists and makers to join us, selling some truly unique Christmas gifts. This promises to be charming event in the heart of Torquay and the perfect…
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9th Dec 2020 - 18th Dec 2020

Wreath Making Kit -Torre Abbey, Torquay, DevonWreath Making Kits -Torre AbbeyOur ever popular Wreath Making workshops are unable to go ahead on site this year however we will be providing kits and an online tutorial (from our Head Gardener, Ali Marshall) to enable you to make your items in the comfort of your own home. Current guidelines permitting, you could have your own…
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11th Dec 2020 - 11th Dec 2020

Willow Reindeer Workshop, Torre Abbey, Torquay, DevonWorkshops - Torre AbbeyJoin us this Christmas at Torre Abbey to create a unique willow artwork for your home or garden with Willow Artist and Sculptor Victoria Westaway. Victoria has created sculptures for both RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower shows, she exhibits nationally, works to commission and loves sharing…
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11th Dec 2020 - 12th Dec 2020

18th Dec 2020 - 19th Dec 2020

Abbey Advent - Window Wonder - Torre Abbey, Torquay, DevonAbbey Advent - Torre AbbeyOur adventure begins with a fun stained-glass lantern-making workshop, to create lights out of recycled materials to help guide us on our magical journey. You can then venture outside into the gardens of the abbey (don’t forget warm clothes and woolly hats) to see our 25 colourful fairy-tale…
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23rd Jan 2021 - 4th Apr 2021

Jerwood Makers Open, Torre Abbey, Torquay, DevonJerwood Makers OpenJerwood Makers Open was established in 2010 to promote the significance of making and materials within the visual arts arena, seeking to support exceptional skill and imagination. It supports artists to freely develop creative ideas central to their individual practices. It looks broadly at how…
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17th Apr 2021 - 27th Apr 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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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 - 3rd July 2021

Torquay Gin and Fizz Festival, Torre Abbey, TorquayTorquay Gin and Fizz FestivalWelcome to the Torquay Gin & Fizz Festival 2021 The Gin & Fizz Festival is an event brand that represents craft gin from across the Uk. Our shows tour the country from the Scottish Borders all the way down to Cornwall bringing our unique event to venues and locations big and small. Expect the best…
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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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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

Agatha Christie roller skating with friends in Torquay, DevonInternational Agatha Christie FestivalAgatha 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 year is no exception.
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Recent Reviews:

  • MarpleTraveller
    Marple, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Interesting buildings
    4 of 5 stars
    15th Oct 2020
    Sadly we went on a Thursday when the museum is closed. But even just looking at the buildings from the outside is interesting. The gatehouse and Spanish Barn reflect the original abbey. The garden... Read full review
  • billandben99
    Worcs.,England
    Interesting place
    4 of 5 stars
    24th Oct 2020
    Good range of exhibits from local art and local history, as well as the history of the house itself. good audio interactive displays were very informative Read full review
  • jjbl0ndie
    Coventry, United Kingdom
    Lovely building and pretty good garden
    4 of 5 stars
    14th Nov 2020
    A beautiful building to wander around with well-maintained outdoor and glasshouse gardens. There is lots of art on display grouped in different ways e.g. by medium, era, theme. Some good interactive... Read full review

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.

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.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • 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

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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