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

Website

Opening times

Tue - Sun, 10am - 5pm (last admission 4pm).

Closed Mondays, except Bank Holiday Mondays.

Free entry with National Art Pass

Haven't got your pass yet? Learn more


Exhibitions nearby

Back to top