Torre Abbey Historic House and Gallery

The Abbey is Torquay's most historic building, dating back to the 12th century.

Founded in 1196, the most complete medieval monastery to survive in Devon was later converted to a country mansion for the Cary family. The many lives of the Abbey are told through a combination of original objects and interactive displays, which include animated 'talking portraits'.

The extensive collection of mainly 19th-century art features works by the Pre-Raphaelites, topographical watercolours and fine collections of furniture,  silverware and ceramics  notably Torquay and Watcombe terracotta. 

The gardens are a tranquil haven, with a Palm House containing rare specimens donated by Kew Gardens.

Art we've helped buy at Torre Abbey Historic House and Gallery

Venue details

Torre Abbey Historic House and Gallery The King's Drive, Torquay Devon TQ2 5JE 01803 293593

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £7.50)

Jul – 30 Sept

Daily, 10am – 5pm

1 Mar – 30 Jun and 1 Oct – 20 Dec

Wed –Sun, 10am – 5pm

Closed 23 – 26 Dec, all Jan and Feb