Torre Abbey

The King's Drive, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 5JE

Check availability for Torre Abbey (opens in a new window)

Add Torre Abbey to your Itinerary

Close window

Call direct on:

Tel01803 293593

Product Image
  • Product Image
  • Product Image
  • Product Image
  • Product Image
  • Product Image
  • Product Image
  • Product Image
  • Product Image
  • Product Image
  • Product Image

Book Tickets Online

Come and enjoy a visit exploring our stunning buildings, garden and impressive displays, world-class collections and exhibitions, complemented by modern amenities and special accessibility features.

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 a 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, and this is recreated in the Dining Room through digital talking dinner plates.

This Ancient Scheduled Monument has beautifully presented heritage rooms which are home to specially curated exhibitions and the museum’s permanent collection which includes regionally important art mixed with some nationally important works.

With over 600 incredible works of art from the 18th century to the present day and our 800 years of history gallery which explores local history, heritage and stories through interactive displays, talking portraits and videos, 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, and 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. Given that over half of Christie’s characters were poisoned, you will be intrigued and surprised by the range of beautiful but sinister plants on show, including the sources for cyanide, morphine and ricin. 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 offer 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 facilities. We welcome picnicking in our gardens, and have plenty of spots to enjoy alfresco dining.

96% of the main building is accessible via wheelchair, mobility scooters and buggies. Lifts operate to all floors and stair lifts are in place in areas of the building where short flights of stairs exist. All doors in wheelchair accessible areas are of an appropriate width, all doors are either power assisted or kept open (except in the case of fire).

There are plenty of chairs and benches throughout the main building and garden to allow visitors to rest should they wish.

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 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.

In December we hold Winter Fest, our indoor Christmas craft and gift fair.30 local crafters and makers join us for a weekend of Christmas shopping, seasonal music and festive treats for sale in our pop-up café.

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

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£8.00 per ticket
Concession£7.00 per ticket
Annual Garden Pass£9.00 per ticket
Gardens Only£2.50 per ticket
Gardens Only (concessions)£2.00 per ticket
Groups of 10 or more (leaders go free)£5.50 per ticket
Groups of Language Students (Leaders go free)£3.00 per ticket
Kids & teens - up to 4 under 19s per paying adultFree

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2020)
DayTimes
MondayClosed
Tuesday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00

* Last entry 4pm

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Establishment Features

  • Free car parking
  • Toilets

Key Features

  • No Smoking Attraction

Payment Methods

  • Accept Bank Transfers, Internet Payment or SWIFT/IBAN
  • All major credit cards accepted
  • Cash accepted
  • Contactless payment accepted

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

View

Close

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From Torquay seafront, both Rathmore Road and Belgrave Road take you to Chestnut Avenue for Torre Abbey parking. To find our carpark, drive into the Riviera International Conference Centre and follow signs around to the back (by the tennis courts).

Drop-off point and limited blue badge parking within the grounds.

View

Close

Public Transport Directions

By Rail

Direct trains from Exeter Central and Newton Abbot. Torquay station is within a 5 minute walk of Torre Abbey.

By Boat

Leave the car behind and travel across the Bay on one of the ferry services. Seasonal ferries to Torquay operate daily from 1 April to 31 October from Brixham, Paignton and Dartmouth.

By Bus

Numbers 12, 22, 60, 61, 62, Gold to Torre Abbey Meadows / Sands

Numbers 32, 62 to Torre Abbey bus-stop (Walnut Road). 26, 120 to Torquay Train Station bus-stop (Rathmore Road).

By Bike

We are on the cycle route with bike racks on site.

By Land Train

The Torquay Land Train is a fun way to get around Torquay. It takes in the picturesque seafront and provides convenient drop off points for many of Torquay’s hotels and stops at Torre Abbey.

View

Close

TripAdvisor

What's Nearby

  1. Aztec Spa

    If you're looking for a spa in Torquay, step into the calm and relaxing atmosphere at the…

    0.17 miles away
  2. Torquay's Dinosaur World

    Torquay’s Dinosaur World is currently closed

    Torquay's Dinosaur World is an fun…

    0.79 miles away
  3. Living Coasts Torquay

    Living Coasts, Torquay's award-winning coastal zoo and aquarium, is an all-weather…

    0.81 miles away
  4. Babbacombe Model Village

    Babbacombe Model Village, Torquay, opened on 12th April 1963 and quickly became one of…

    1.54 miles away
  1. Cary Spa

    The Award Winning Spa Room at the Cary Arms in Devon offers guests the chance for total…

    1.73 miles away
  2. Paignton Sands

    Paignton Sands is the ideal holiday beach. This long stretch of red sand and shallow sea…

    2.03 miles away
  3. Goodrington Sands Paignton

    Close to Paignton is the long, sandy stretch of Goodrington Sands. With a Seaside Award,…

    2.87 miles away
  4. Splashdown Quaywest

    Make a big splash at the UK’s largest outdoor waterpark!

    Choose from 8 tumbling,…

    2.92 miles away
  5. Paignton Zoo Environmental Park

    With over 2,500 animals across 80 acres of beautiful, spacious grounds – you are in for a…

    3.09 miles away
  6. Berry Pomeroy Castle

    Set in beautiful woodland, the English Heritage castle is romantic and reputedly the most…

    4.55 miles away
  7. Labrador Bay

    Labrador Bay ViewPoint is one of the most stunning coastal locations situated about 1.5…

    4.69 miles away
  8. Berry Head Nature Reserve

    Berry Head National Nature Reserve guards the southern half of Tor Bay. One of the main…

    4.96 miles away
  9. Ness Cove Beach

    Ness Cove at Shaldon nestles in between magnificent red cliffs and is accessed via an…

    5.26 miles away
  10. Shaldon Approach Golf

    Shaldon Approach Golf is an 18-hole course with hole distances of 60 - 120 yards (7 holes…

    5.34 miles away
  11. Shaldon Beach

    A mix of shingle and sand, the beach gently shelves towards the estuary mouth with views…

    5.41 miles away
  12. Teignmouth River Beach

    Located on the estuary side of town, this charming beach takes you back to days gone by.…

    5.81 miles away
Previous Next
Peak Hill Sidmouth Countryside
European Union Leader South Devon Coastal

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss