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

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

15th Sept 2020 - 19th Sept 2020

11th Sept 2021 - 18th Sept 2021

Agatha Christie roller skating with friends in Torquay, DevonInternational Agatha Christie Festival - CANCELLED IN 2020, BACK IN 2021PLEASE NOTE: The 2020 Festival has been cancelled. The 2021 festival will take place on 11th-18th September 2021. 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…
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19th Sept 2020 - 18th Nov 2020

The Art of Selling Songs: Music Graphics from the V&A - Torre Abbey, Torquay, DevonThe Art of Selling Songs: Music Graphics from the V&AThe Art of Selling Songs: Music Graphics from the V&A From paint strokes to pixels, the Rolling Stones to Blur, this fascinating collection from the V&A will take you on a journey through music. Featuring 80 iconic objects including album covers, sleeve notes, programmes and posters all which…
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3rd Oct 2020 - 3rd Oct 2020

Torbay Chocolate Festival, Torre Abbey, Torquay, DevonCANCELLED - Torbay Chocolate FestivalEducational, Ethical and Delicious Our mission is to share our passion for, and educate about the fine quality, bean-to-bar, ethically produced chocolate being made right here in the UK. Over our one day celebration of chocolate, you will be able to discover some of the UK’s most passionate and…
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9th Oct 2020 - 31st Oct 2020

Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search - Torre Abbey, Torquay, DevonWhere’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search - Torre AbbeyFind Wally in the Abbey From Friday 9 October to Saturday 31 October This Halloween, Wally, the world’s favourite children’s book character will be travelling the country, appearing in museums, including Torre Abbey. Families will be able to join the search for Wally as part of the Where’s Wally?…
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17th Oct 2020 - 2nd Nov 2020

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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8th Nov 2020 - 8th Nov 2020

Spanish Barn Wedding Festival, Torre Abbey, Torquay, DevonSpanish Barn Wedding FestivalHosted by Prism Events Prism Events present the Spanish Barn Wedding Festival. The barn will be beautifully set for a wedding ceremony, with live music, an outside caterer,  mobile bar, bunting, a catwalk wedding dress exhibition and a whole lot more. This promises to be a unique wedding…
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1st Dec 2020 - 1st Dec 2020

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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5th Dec 2020 - 6th Dec 2020

Winter Fest - Torre Abbey, Torquay, DevonWinter 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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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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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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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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Recent Reviews:

  • tazzat7
    Tonbridge, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Serene
    4 of 5 stars
    7th Aug 2020
    Had a walk round while exploring Torquay. Loved the serene atmosphere and well tended grounds. Good place to escape the seafront crowds and enjoy some peace with lovely views. Good photo... Read full review
  • neilc330
    Swindon, United Kingdom
    Torre Abbey Gardens
    3 of 5 stars
    16th Aug 2020
    Gardens are interesting and can be seen in about an hour. Would benefit though from names on the flowers as there are none. Read full review
  • MarkMahoney
    Aldershot, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Nice part of torquay
    4 of 5 stars
    12th Sept 2020
    Real nice part of torquay. Torre abbey has a great atmosphere, really pleasant surroundings. Also a stones throw from the beaches and nice parks with its attractions. The abbey itself is good... 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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