Torre Abbey Historic House and Gallery

Devon, TQ2 5JE

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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.

Venue information

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)