Torre Abbey

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

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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)
Tuesday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00

* Last entry 4pm



  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop


  • 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



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.



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.




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