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Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens
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We're sorry but Torre Abbey is now closed for conservation and cleaning. We look forward to welcoming you all back when we re-open on 25 March 2017.

The good news is that the gardens and Palm House remain open throughout January, February and March 10am to 4pm and are free to visit.
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Vote for Torre Abbey and bring +Aowen Jin to  #Torbay  for  #museumsatnight
Vote yourselves and tell your friends and neighbours to vote for us too ...
We can do it !!!
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The banners are up & the #paigntonpoet has poemed about us - YES we are now open ! 2016 season starts today ...
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#‎tbt‬ on ‪#‎XmasEve‬ a wintery scene from pre restoration time.
"Happy Christmas to all our friends, followers & supporters"
Our thanks to each & everyone of you for making 2015 a record year for us with visitors & awards. Roll on 2016 we say !
(Please note the Abbey & its grounds are now shut till Sunday December 27th)
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Seasons greetings one and all. We are now closed but open again on 27 to 31 December. We will then be closed until 1 March.
Happy Holidays all!
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Come join the Christmas Family Fun at Torre Abbey this weekend!

This Saturday 19th December is filling up fast!!!

Please try Sunday 20th December to avoid disappointment.
1 pm - 4 pm

Make this Christmas extra special by creating your own...
Wreaths ,Christmas cards and Tree decorations.

...also join us on our Children's trail throughout the house and gardens!
Suitable for all ages.

All activities AND entrance at special holiday prices!
Children 5 -15 years £3.50
Adults 16+ years £5.00

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For more information call 01803 208 511

Torre Abbey Website:
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Twelfth Night - Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 June 7.30pm #Shakespeare400 tickets avaialable from -
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Today we temporarily bid farewell to our #Rhinos, next time to be seen July 7th for the Great Big Rhinos trail
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The Abbey is now closed for conservation and cleaning. We look forward to welcoming you all back when we reopen on 1 March 2016.
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Unfortunately, due to the bad weather the Abbey will not be open today.
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Just 5 days left to come & visit the Abbey before we shut on Dec 31st for our winter closure throughout Jan & Feb
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What a fabulous idea for a wedding photo taken in the Cary dining room - Thanks for sharing it with us Neil Gratton
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The King's Drive Torquay TQ2 5JE United Kingdom
The King's DriveGBTorquayTQ2 5JE
+44 1803
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Art and antiques collections in a historic building with a palm house in 7-acre gardens, plus cafe.- Google
"I'm work gardens enjoyed and lovely place 👌🏽"
"This is the place that first inspired the idea of crowd-sourced docenting."
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Y.L. Prestol
4 months ago
Very good choice for a one time visit - there’s definitely something new to be learnt along the way We were a party of three adults when we visited in early August 2016. Please be aware the Abbey has no parking, so you’ll have to park in one of the pay & display car parks, even if you hold a Blue Disability Badge. However, if you bring your ticket to reception, the Abbey refunds up to £4.00 per visit for your group.The ticket you purchase for the Abbey is for the building and its gardens and is valid for two consecutive days (though they’ll only pay for your parking on one of the two days). It is fairly well adapted for disabled visitors - there is a lift that takes you to most floors and where there are steps, etc. the staff are at hand to open gates/doors that are normally closed for regular visitors, but disabled people can use for access. Two of the three people thought neither the house, nor the gardens were interesting enough, so they sat in the Abbey cafe for about three hours, whilst the third person looked throughout the Abbey. The cafe attendees give it five out of five stars, with very friendly staff, good cake selection and enjoyable view - the cafe outside tables are right opposite the Jungle Journey Adventure miniature Golf . The Abbey visitor also gives the building and the gardens five out of five. Particular highlight include the ability to dress and have a photograph (free of charge with your own camera) as a medieval monk (on the second floor, where the history of the Abbey is explored), the Agatha Christie garden (with plants that give you clues to some of her novels, but you have to guess exactly which ones, using your Christie knowledge) and the grand dining room (on the first floor, where the table is laid out the same way it was when Napoleon visited, but instead of plates there are video displays and actors are having a conversation, being played out load in the room, as if it is “that” dinner and you are but a fly on the wall). A recommended attraction for history lovers and those interested in art/literature (with several good paintings on the walls and William Blake engravings). It’s one of those places you visit ones, and then you don’t really need to, because very little changes (I mean very little has changed in the last 800 years anyway). So I doubt we’ll be returning, but we are all very pleased and had a very good time when we did visit.
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Dr Charlie Mansfield - Smart French
2 months ago
Now that Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens, on King's Drive in Torquay has reopened after rebuilding work it is a spectacular place to visit. You may need more than one visit to fit it all in. The heritage interpretation is first class and on a par with the best European museums. This is the place that first inspired the idea of crowd-sourced docenting. I will be taking my Masters students there in October. Back again, Fri 28th Oct 2016 with my Masters in Tourism postgrads. A very warm welcome from the Abbey's knowledgeable staff. Please see new photos
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Response from the owner - a year ago
Thank you Charlie. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and the work that has been done. We look forward to seeing you and your students soon.
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christopher turner
8 months ago
Excellent historical presentation using innovative visual displays. Don't show your grandchildren the full sized holographic display of Lord/ Sir Carey they have nightmares. Gardens looked nice but ran out of time as our party ( average age mid 60s ) spent too much time dressing up in monks habits and Elizabethan type dresses complete with wigs. Photos were taken !
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Zoë iscool
3 months ago
Great to walk around also found a magmar here
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Terry Street
a month ago
Fantastic place not just a dusty ruin A full fledged gallery and museum Plus the gardens. Be prepared to spend a few hours.
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Scott Morgan
4 months ago
A true hidden gem of a museum. There's lots to see here spread over 3 floors of the house and the Abbey ruins and gardens. If you're interested in this type of thing, be prepared to spend more time there than you first think!
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Blair Crisp
2 months ago
We stopped here at the abbey's cafe, for afternoon tea. The tea and scone's were very nice and tasty.
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Alfie McEvoy
4 months ago
Great art gallery, beautiful abbey and lots to see and do