Grand staircases and the long corridor

Torre Abbey boast two grand staircases; The Oak stairs central to the building and a cantilever stone staircase surmounting its entrance hall. Both staircases are hung with the collections more elaborate and large paintings, most notably a Holman hunt and a John Martin. The oak staircase is themed to incorporate Torre Abbeys portrait collection including a miniature display. The cantilever stone stairs hosts painting depicting battle scenes.
The long corridor at the centre of Torre Abbey on the first floor has been interpreted to explore the working practices of an artist. From watercolour, printmaking to sculpture it explores works as they progress from drawing to final pieces.

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Art galleries

Permanent exhibition

The first floor of the historic house (previously the drawing rooms) hosts 7 themed art galleries to show the diverse wealth of art within the collection; Call of the sea,...

800 years & Family and Faith

Permanent exhibition

Two social history based galleries one of which superbly interprets 800 years of Torbay and Torre Abbey. A Time Machine, a talking statue, a transforming model - this gallery has something for...

Period rooms

Permanent exhibition

Take your time to explore and experience our period rooms, talking plates tell the story of Nelson's visit. See the family chapel hosting a haunting painting by Mostyn, transverse the...

Monastic rooms, Ruins & Archaeology

Permanent exhibition

A 13th century gatehouse with limecrete floors, monastic undercrofts filled with interactive displays and rebuilt archaeological finds of national importance. Interpreted Abbey ruins, displays...

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