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Torre Abbey

The best-preserved medieval monastery in Devon and Cornwall is now a popular art gallery, with specialist exhibits exploring 19th-century paintings.

Learn about the history of Torre Abbey and the roles it has played throughout English history. See historic paintings by famous artists, with collections ranging from battle scenes and marine landscapes to images of the pre-industrial British countryside and historical portraits. Wander the beautiful gardens and admire a wide variety of exotic plants.

Discover the origins of this historic building. Founded in 1196, Torre Abbey began as a monastery for Canons of the Premonstratensian order. Imagine what life would have been like for one of these 12th-century canons, who led austere lives yet were supported by servants and generated extraordinary amounts of wealth.

See works of art by a number of widely admired artists, including William Blake and Pietro Calvi. Enjoy paintings which immortalized historic battles in the ages before photography and explored the nature of conflict through imagined settings. Admire scenes of rural Britain pre-industrialization, with paintings of picturesque cottages, horse-drawn plows and open fields. Examine collections exploring Britain’s maritime history, which include scenes from the local area. Other collections focus on Torquay’s history of tourism and portraits of historical figures.

Stroll through the gardens, which are nestled behind the main house. Relax in the beautiful setting, enjoy a picnic or read a book while surrounded by exotic and rare plants. See award-winning collections of herbaceous perennials, roses and dahlias, all within a formal 19th-century landscape around the abbey ruins. Visit the enclosed medieval collection, exploring plants of the age and their uses. Explore the Agatha Christie display, based entirely on the often-poisonous plants appearing in the crime author’s work.

Find Torre Abbey outside of Torquay, just 10 minutes away by car. Two parking lots are a few minutes’ walk from the abbey, with limited parking at the abbey itself for disabled visitors who obtain a permit beforehand. The abbey is open from Wednesday to Sunday most weeks, though it does close at certain times of the year. Check the website for up-to-date information. There is a charge to see the museum, with concessions available and cheaper tickets for gardens-only visits.


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BELGRAVE SANDS HOTEL & SPA £110
BELGRAVE SANDS HOTEL & SPA

BELGRAVE SANDS HOTEL & SPA

2 Belgrave Rd, Torquay, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Torquay City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Torre Abbey Sands and Princess Theatre. Babbacombe Beach is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away. Torquay Station is 10 minutes by foot and Torre Station is 16 minutes.

    The Imperial Torquay £89
    The Imperial Torquay

    The Imperial Torquay

    Park Hill Road, Torquay, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Torquay City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Living Coasts and Princess Theatre. Babbacombe Beach is 2.1 mi (3.5 km) away. Torquay Station is 25 minutes by foot.

      Astor House £155
      Astor House

      Astor House

      Warren Road, Torquay, England
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Torquay City Centre, this beach apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Torre Abbey Sands and Princess Theatre. Babbacombe Beach is 2 mi (3.3 km) away. Torquay Station is 14 minutes by foot and Torre Station is 22 minutes.

        The Brantwood £60
        The Brantwood

        The Brantwood

        Rowdens Road, Torquay, England
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Torquay City Centre, this guesthouse is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Princess Theatre, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Babbacombe Model Village and Gardens and Babbacombe Beach. Paignton Beach and Goodrington Sands Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km). Torquay Station is 9 minutes by foot and Torre Station is 10 minutes.

          Abbey Court Hotel £70
          Abbey Court Hotel

          Abbey Court Hotel

          Falkland Road, Torquay, England
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Torquay City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Princess Theatre and Living Coasts. Kents Cavern Prehistoric Caves and Goodrington Sands Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km). Torquay Station is 7 minutes by foot and Torre Station is 12 minutes.

            Elmdene Hotel
            Elmdene Hotel

            Elmdene Hotel

            Rathmore Road, Torquay, England
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Torquay City Centre, this luxury guesthouse is within 1 mile (2 km) of Torre Abbey and Princess Theatre. Babbacombe Beach is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away. Torquay Station is 6 minutes by foot and Torre Station is 13 minutes.

              The Chesterfield Guest House - Adults only
              The Chesterfield Guest House - Adults only

              The Chesterfield Guest House - Adults only

              62 Belgrave Road, Torquay, England
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Torquay City Centre, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Riviera International Conference Centre and Princess Theatre. Babbacombe Beach is 2 mi (3.2 km) away. Torquay Station is 10 minutes by foot and Torre Station is 11 minutes.

                TLH Toorak Hotel £80
                TLH Toorak Hotel

                TLH Toorak Hotel

                Chestnut Avenue, Torquay, England
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Torquay City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Riviera International Conference Centre and Princess Theatre. Babbacombe Beach is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away. Torquay Station is 7 minutes by foot and Torre Station is 15 minutes.