Torre Abbey

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  • Address: Torre Abbey, The King’s Dr, Torquay, Torbay 2Q2 5JE, United Kingdom, TQ2 5JE
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +441-803293593
  • Fax: +44-01803215948
  • Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Art Museums, Art Gallery, Church, History Museums, Landmark, Historical Site, Social, Arts, Art Dealers And Galleries

It is a historic building and art gallery located in Torquay, Devon which lies in the South West of England. It was founded in 1196 as a monastery for Premonstratensian canons and is now recognized as the best preserved medieval monasteries of Devon and Cornwall. Along with the medieval and Gregorian rooms, this building is widely known for the formal gardens, the third largest art collection in the country of Devon and regular shows by contemporary artists as well.

Since its foundation, this building has witnessed, went through and even taken part in some memorable historic moments but one thing that still remains constant is the hospitality provided to its guests.

Long back in the 12th century, six premonstratensian canons from the Nottinghamshire founded Torrey Abbey when, the manor of Torre gave them land. By the 16th century the Torre’s income made it the richest of all the premonstratensian houses of England. After a succession of various owners the house was finally acquired by the Cary family and was possessed by them for almost 300 years but after that due to worldwide economic crisis it was sold off to Torquay Borough Council and since then it has been kept as an art gallery.

The main Abbey comprises of two buildings. Though the church is just a little better than a ruin, the western and southern sides of the walkway are still standing. Around 1740 the building underwent extensive remodeling and reconstruction that is mostly intact today.

In all its roles- as an abbey, a family home, an art gallery and attraction, eight centuries of history has been absorbed into the walls of the building which is divided into 122 rooms sprawling over 20 levels with around 265 steps.

It all contributes to a fascinating experience for a visitor who can step inside and get an insight into how life was in the 12th century following the rule of St. Augustine.

Torre Abbey Travel Tips

  • Dogs are not allowed on the sands during the summers. (May to September).
  • Touching of the garden plants are prohibited.
  • Check the admission rates carefully prior to visit.
  • Several art exhibitions are held here including contemporary art exhibitions and the Annual Open Exhibitions showcases the work of artists from south west and otherwise the artwork mostly is based on the 19th century personalities.
  • It houses contents of the studioof Frederick Thrupp, the largest collection by a Victorian sculptor surviving in the UK and also has a brass rubbing studio.
  • Visit the abbey by candlelight to relax yourself with tune of the harp.
  • Do not miss out on the Torre Gardens which is a place for a wide range of exotic plants.
  • The Torre Abbey Sands is a lovely beach with its beautiful sands and views. Try not to miss the view of dusk from here.

Entrance Ticket Details For Torre Abbey

  • Ticket prices differ if early bookings are done.
  • Adults– 7.50 Pounds per ticket.
  • Children (3-15 years) - 3.00 Pounds per ticket.
  • Family (2 adults up to 3 children) - 18.00 Pounds.
  • Garden only ticket- 4.00 Pounds per ticket.
  • Senior citizens- 6.50 Pounds per ticket.

Torre Abbey Hours

  • Latest entry is at 04:00 pm everyday.

How to Reach Torre Abbey

  • There are two stations depending on the place of your stay- Torre and Torquay. Public transport facilities are better from Torquay station.
  • Buses are also available.

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  • Torre Abbey Address: Torre Abbey, The King’s Dr, Torquay, Torbay 2Q2 5JE, United Kingdom, TQ2 5JE
  • Torre Abbey Contact Number: +441-803293593
  • Torre Abbey Timing: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Best time to visit Torre Abbey(preferred time): 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Torre Abbey: 04:00 Hrs
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  • 8.92% of people who visit Torquay include Torre Abbey in their plan

  • 95% of people start their Torre Abbey visit around 10 AM

  • People usually take around 4 Hrs to see Torre Abbey

Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Torre Abbey

People normally club together Exeter Catacombs and Haldon Belvedere while planning their visit to Torre Abbey.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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