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Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens, Torquay

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  • Very little to see when closed, although the advertising info says the gardens are open, thiss applies to the outer gardens only not inside the Abbey rear grounds, so little to see  more »
  • We had a good stroll around Torre Abbey but there was a wedding party on so could not get too close. the place is steeped with history and well worth a visit.  more »
  • The Abbey was closed until the end of March but lovelly gardens to walk through on the way to the sea front.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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
  • We stopped here at the abbey's cafe, for afternoon tea. The tea and scone's were very nice and tasty.
  • 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 !
  • 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!