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Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens

Torre Abbey The Kings Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE, England
+44 1803 293593
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Interesting museum and beautiful gardens

After visiting the eden project last year, and wasn't very impressed, this was a welcome visit... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
margarettaylor001941
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Southampton, United Kingdom
Lovely gardens; a very relaxing experience

I can't remember what the issue was with the museum exactly but we only visited the gardens which... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
travelbug379
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London, United Kingdom
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Est. in 1196, Torre Abbey is a museum of history and art housed in an Ancient Scheduled Monument on the beautiful South Devon coast. Based in Torquay on the English Riviera, this family friendly Torbay Council owned museum and gardens is a centre for creativity and culture with a seasonal programme of exhibitions, events and activities across visual arts, history and live performance. Kids and teens up to 18 years go free, and the 1196 Club offers adult membership with unlimited visits from just £16 a year. Reasons aplenty to visit today.
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Torre Abbey The Kings Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

After visiting the eden project last year, and wasn't very impressed, this was a welcome visit. Beautiful gardens, helped by some glorious weather, and many interesting things to view inside the museum, plus reasonably priced.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

I can't remember what the issue was with the museum exactly but we only visited the gardens which were free to enter at the time. I see they're only a couple of pounds at other times and think it's well worth paying that. I really...More

Thank travelbug379
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matthewnewbury, Guest Relations Manager at Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We are glad you enjoyed the gardens and very pleased you think we are better than the Eden Project. You must come inside next time!

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Reviewed 3 days ago

We walked past Torre Abbey every day when going from our B&B to Torquay.It is impressive from the outside. Inside a route is followed to explore the long history of the Abbey through the ages and this includes interractive displays. Children are provided with a...More

Thank ChelseaFive
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matthewnewbury, Guest Relations Manager at Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for your review and we are glad you escaped the rains to visit us.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

had a bite to eat in the cafe which was ok. Didn't go round the parks and gardens there was a charge and we didn't have time.

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matthewnewbury, Guest Relations Manager at Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

You must come in and see us next time!

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We had a fascinating visit to torre abbey. The gardens and ruins are beautiful. We really enjoyed working out the Agatha Christie films. The museum had lots of history and we particularity enjoyed looking at all the pretty art work. We would definitely recommend visiting...More

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matthewnewbury, Guest Relations Manager at Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for your great review Sarah and we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit. And well done for working out the Agatha Christie films in our Potent Plants Garden!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

At Torre Abbey, we received a very warm welcome from the staff, as well as information about where to start our visit. The museum is child-friendly but equally interesting for adults. It provides a history of the Abbey over many centuries and makes good use...More

Thank David R
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matthewnewbury, Guest Relations Manager at Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi David, thanks for your kind review. It's defintiely worth taking your time at Torre Abbey, isn't it!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth the visit. The Abbey ruins showing the devastation, the sheer size of the stone walls and vaulted ceilings, you could almost here the deafening crash. The very well maintained gardens, glass house, Agatha Christie tribute and medieavel gardens, all looking good despite the...More

Thank CarolEWise
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matthewnewbury, Director of Sales at Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks Carol, we are delighted you had such an enjoyable visit. Thanks goodness the walls of the ruins came down a long time ago!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a good few hours here looking around the Abbey & gardens, plenty of history to read about & see. The gardens are lovely, very pleasant to walk around. There are also plants for sale here at very reasonable prices. The staff are very...More

Thank Nokey
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matthewnewbury, Guest Relations Manager at Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your lovely review and the gardens are stunning in the sunshine, aren't they!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Torre Abbey Is a wonderful House/ Abbey / Museum & Gardens all in one and did not disappoint. My wife and I went to visit when they had the exhibition of the ''Last Supper.'' By artist & scrap sculptor Giles Walker. We were told by...More

Thank CheshirePlains
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matthewnewbury, Guest Relations Manager at Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your great review and we are thrilled you had such a great visit and also enjoyed the kinetic robots!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We weren't sure what we would find on our visit a week ago. What a lovely surprise, A lovely setting with historical buildings but for us the best thing were the gardens . We thought the Palm House more than equaled Kew. Al though a...More

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matthewnewbury, Guest Relations Manager at Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Carole. Thanks so much for your lovely review, I will pass it onto the gardeners and the reception staff. It will make their day!

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Beryl W
23 June 2017|
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Response from matthewnewbury | Property representative |
Hi. There's 800 year's of history and four floors and gardens to explore. The top floor is an interactive museum, with talking exhibits, video screens and other clever hi-tech ways of bringing history alive. You then have... More
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Beryl W
23 June 2017|
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Response from matthewnewbury | Property representative |
Hi. it's £8 adults, £7 for seniors, free for children and teenagers up to 19 years-old. Carers go free. An annual 1196 Club Membership is £16 for unlimited entry (£30 for a couple). You can also go in the gardens only for... More
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Its the local exeter brochure we picked ours up in dawlish warren has vouchers inside
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