Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens


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The King's Drive
Torquay
Devon
TQ2 5JE
England

Founded in 1196, Torre Abbey tells the story of over 800 years of history, from life in a rich medieval Premonstratensian monastery, through its dissolution by Henry VIII, the Spanish Armada, the Napoleonic Wars, and Georgian family life in a grand house – to its present incarnation as an Accredited museum, art gallery and Ancient Scheduled Monument. Over 4 floors, you will find stunning heritage rooms, art exhibitions, interactive displays, ʻtalking portraitsʼ, videos and games to bring history to life. With over 600 works from the 18th century to the present day, Torre Abbeyʼs art collection includes Pre-Raphaelite works of national standing, such as Holman Hunt's ʻThe Children's Holidayʼ, and Burne-Jones' drawings of ʻThe Planetsʼ. Watercolours by Thomas Luny and F J Widgery and a rare proof set of William Blake's ʻBook of Jobʼ. The comprehensive collection from Victorian sculptor Frederick Thrupp is unique. Examples of ceramics, silverware, applied design and furniture also on display. Torre Abbeyʼs award-winning garden is famed for its exuberant plantings of herbaceous perennials, roses and dahlias set in a tranquil landscape around the Abbey ruins. Rare shrubs and trees flourish in the mild ʻRivieraʼ climate and displays such as the knot garden and orchard reflect the rich history of the Abbey. The Palm House contains tropical and sub-tropical plants including rare and endangered palms from Kew Gardens, along with bananas, pineapples and tropical flowers. Children explore with our discovery backpacks and our outdoor learning programme provides activities throughout the year. Regular adult activities and talks by garden experts from across the South West.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Opening Hours: 10am to 5pm (last admission 4pm) Opening Days: June – Sept: Monday – Sunday March – May / Oct – Dec: Wednesday – Sunday Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Open all Bank Holiday Mondays March, May, August.

Charges:

DAY PASS Adults £7.85 Concessions £6.45 Children (up to 18 years) Free Adult Garden £4.00 Concession Garden £3.30 ANNUAL PASS Annual Ticket £16.00 Annual Ticket Concession £13.00 Children (up to 18 years) Free PRE-BOOKED GROUPS Education Group (Schools) £3.25 for led session Adult Group (15+) £6.00

Discounts:

  • Museums Association
  • National Art Pass

Travel directions:

By rail: Direct trains from Exeter Central & Newton Abbot. Torquay Station 5 mins walk. By boat: Torquay-Brixham-Dartmouth ferries daily 1 April to 31 October. By bus: 12, 22, 60, 61, 62, Gold, X46 to Torre Abbey Meadows/ Sands; 32, 62 to Torre Abbey bus-stop (Falkland Rd); 26, 120 to Torquay Station bus-stop (Rathmore Rd). By car: From seafront, both Rathmore Rd and Avenue Rd take you to Chestnut Ave for Torre Abbey parking (adjacent to Riviera Centre TQ2 5LZ). Parking at Torre Abbey Car Park is reimbursed for your first visit. (Not in conjunction with other offers. Maximum refunds £4.00). Drop-off point and limited parking in the grounds for disabled people. By bike: On cycle route with bike rack on site.

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services

Facilities:

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Education facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Gardens open to public
  • Meeting room available
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
  • Refreshments
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Study facilities
  • Toilets
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to some public areas
  • Wheelchairs available for loan

Facilities information:

The building is now 90% wheelchair accessible

Services:

  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Foreign language leaflet or brochure available
  • General guide to collections available
  • Guided tours
  • Licensed for weddings
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Public access available to collections information
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Specialist publications on collections available
  • Touch exhibits
  • Online teaching materials available

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