Many museums and galleries are reopening with safety measures in place. Please remember to check each venue's guidelines before visiting.

Torre Abbey Historic House and Gallery


Free entry

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

Open on Tuesday (mornings reserved for vulnerable visitors and their household/family group), Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10am until 5pm (last entry at 3pm).

Closed on Sunday, Monday (except Bank Holiday Mondays) and Thursday

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.

With a National Art Pass you get

Free entry
Standard entry price

Price displayed is based on a standard venue entry price. Prices may vary according to ticket type and entry day/time.

Price correct at time of publication.

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