Museums and galleries across the UK are subject to temporary closures. Those that remain open have safety measures in place, please remember to check venue guidelines before visiting.

Torre Abbey Historic House and Gallery

Temporarily closed - Opening 19 May


Free entry

Torre Abbey Historic House and Gallery is temporarily closed until further notice. Please check the venue's website for the latest details.

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.

Torre Abbey Historic House and Gallery

The King's Drive, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 5JE

01803 293593


Opening times

Temporarily closed - Opening 19 May

Planning your visit

All visitors (including 1196 Club and FOTA members) are required to book online ahead of their visit. Pre-booked tickets will be for a specified time and allow you two and a half hours to enjoy the house and gardens.

A maximum of six people from the same visiting group will be able to enter on each pre-booked slot

Subject to availability tickets can be purchased on the door

Only card payments will be accepted, contactless if you can

If it is raining on the day of your visit, you will be able to use the garden part of your ticket to return on another day. This must be pre-booked.

On Tuesday’s the house and gardens are open to vulnerable visitors only, especially those that have been shielding. For further information please contact us.

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