Torre Abbey

Torre Abbey

Since its foundation in 1196, Torre Abbey has witnessed, survived and even played a role in some epic moments of history. It's one of the best buildings in the country for the story of Catholicism.

A historic house brought to life with a clever mix of authentic artefacts with hi-tech interpretation. From talking portraits and statues to interactive displays and one of the largest fine art collections in the South West, there really is something for everyone. Torre Abbey's award-winning garden is famed for exuberant plantings of herbaceous perennials, roses and dahlias, set in a tranquil landscape around the Abbey's ruins.

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  • 800 years collection

    Time machine, talking heads, interactive models explore the history of Torre Abbey, Torquay and Torbay.

  • Art galleries collections

    Dartmoor, call of the sea, Artist at work, Seaside Fun galleries amongst others are embellished with changing displays, period rooms and a visible art store.

  • Family & Faith collection

    Unique story of Catholicism embellished by a catholic chapel built prior to the relief act.

  • Ruins & Archaeology collection

    Interpreted ruins, monastic tiles, archaeological finds

  • Frederick Thrupp collection

    This unique collection of plaster reliefs, busts, statues and bronzes once formed part of the contents of the studio of the Victorian sculptor Frederick Thrupp (1812 - 1895). Viewed as a whole, the Thrupp collection in Torre Abbey is the largest surviving collection from a Victorian sculptor's studio. The collection's dramatic backdrop of a verdant cemetery echoes the religious setting in which much of the sculptor's work is found and for which he was famed.

Admission & prices

Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday, 10am - 5pm.

Adults £9.00
Children (5 - 17 years) £3.50
Family (2 adults, including children) £20.00
Family (1 adult, including children) £12.00
Adult Annual Membership £18.00
Family membership (2 adults, including children) £30.00
Family Membership (1 adult, including children) £20.00

Pre-booked slots essential. Please see our latest COVID19 information to ensure that your visit is both safe and enjoyable.


Find us

5 minutes walk from Torquay train station, 5 minutes walk from Torquay sea front and 10 minutes walk from the harbour. Torre Abbeys main entrance is off the main road into Torquay (Avenue road), with its car park on Chestnut avenue.


  • Parking available
  • Toilets On-Site
  • Wheelchair access
  • Cafe on-site
  • Childrens activities
  • Gift Shop

Torre Abbey's recent restoration has fully facilitated the historic house & gardens. Incorporation of a central lift and two additional platform lifts makes the building 95% accessable for all.
Too much to see? Come back the following day free.

Torre Abbey shop is situated within Torre Abbey's main entrance on the West range. In its monastic cloister setting it houses a range of gifts and souvenirs.

Weddings and functions;
Our Ballroom, Undercroft, Spanish Barn and Palm House are all licensed for civil weddings, partnership ceremonies and christenings.

Torre Abbey boasts an education suite and can arrange visits, workshops and project work.

Torre Abbey,
The King's Drive,

T: 01803 293593

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Torre Abbey

Torre Abbey,
The King's Drive,

Torquay, DEVON TQ2 5JE