Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens, Torquay

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  • August 18, 2017
    This is a very good place to visit during your Torquay stay especially if you have children over 7. There are a lot of activities to do in the house and it is very educational and interactive. The gar...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    We live locally and took our son to see a painting his class had done, which was part of an exhibition. We have not been for a few years, not since they renovated the site. We were pleasantly surprise...  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    Much more inside than the outside suggests. The exhibitions are first class with great use of modern tech. You can see a conversation taking place including Horatio Nelson in a dining room with talkin...  more »
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  • Excellent local attraction. The grounds are well looked after and the building is wonderfully preserved. The cafe serves great food and drink too. I have been lucky enough to attend a few events at the Spanish Barn too and have always enjoyed it.
  • Very interesting place .Gardens are lovely could have spent longer here
  • Amazing place to visit! Can't believe I haven't visited before. Fantastic history on our doorstep.
  • 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.
  • A great historic house and gardens to have a wedding.

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