Torre Abbey Historic House and Gallery
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- Free entry with National Art Pass.
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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.
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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