Torre Abbey Historic House and Gallery

Since its foundation in 1196, Torre Abbey has witnessed, survived and even played a role in some epic moments of history. It's one of the best buildings in the country for the story of Catholicism.

A historic house brought to life with a clever mix of authentic artefacts with hi-tech interpretation. From talking portraits and statues to interactive displays and one of the largest fine art collections in the South West, there really is something for everyone.
Tranquil walled gardens with a wealth of exotic plants are a haven of beauty and pleasure, the perfect setting in which to relax, stroll or picnic. Explorer backpacks help families discover the gardens' hidden gems.

Torre Abbey is surrounded by public parkland and is in close proximity to the local station and beach. Torre Abbey tea rooms is open daily 9.00 - 5.00, located in beautifull surroundings under our arched gatehouse on the south facade of the historic house. Offering a range of local refreshments the tea rooms looks out to sea views.

Torre Abbey's recent restoration has fully facilitated the historic house & gardens. Incorporation of a central lift and two additional platform lifts makes the building 95% accessable for all.
Too much to see? Come back the following day free.

Exhibitions and events

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,...

Grand staircases and the long corridor

Permanent exhibition

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...

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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