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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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The Grand Hotel

The Grand Hotel

Seafront, Torquay
3.8
of 5, from 702 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Offering direct access to the beach, this Torquay hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Torre Abbey Sands and Torre Abbey. Riviera International Conference Centre and Princess Theatre are also within 15 minutes.

£67
BELGRAVE SANDS HOTEL & SPA

BELGRAVE SANDS HOTEL & SPA

2 Belgrave Rd, Torquay
4.6
of 5, from 50 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Torquay, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Torre Abbey Sands, Riviera International Conference Centre and Princess Theatre. Torre Abbey and Inner Harbour are also within 15 minutes.

£42
Riviera Hotel

Riviera Hotel

Belgrave Road, Torquay
2.9
of 5, from 66 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Riviera International Conference Centre and Torre Abbey. Torre Abbey Sands and Princess Theatre are also within 15 minutes.

£58
The Cimon

The Cimon

82 Abbey Road, Torquay
4.1
of 5, from 31 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated by the sea, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Torre Abbey Sands and Riviera International Conference Centre. Torre Abbey and Inner Harbour are also within 15 minutes.

Abbey View Holiday Flats

Abbey View Holiday Flats

Rathmore Road, Torquay
4.8
of 5, from 40 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Torquay, this apartment is within a 5-minute walk of Torre Abbey and Riviera International Conference Centre. Torre Abbey Sands and Princess Theatre are also within 1 mile (2 km).

£54
The Wellsway

The Wellsway

56 Bampfylde Road, Torquay
4.9
of 5, from 199 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Torquay, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Torre Abbey and Riviera International Conference Centre. Torre Abbey Sands and Princess Theatre are also within 1 mile (2 km).

£49
The Imperial Torquay

The Imperial Torquay

Park Hill Road, Torquay
4.0
of 5, from 778 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Torquay hotel is located by the ocean, within a 10-minute walk of Living Coasts and Inner Harbour. Meadfoot Beach and Princess Theatre are also within 15 minutes.

£50
Osborne Hotel

Osborne Hotel

Hesketh Crescent, Torquay
4.2
of 5, from 114 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Meadfoot Beach, Torquay Museum and Inner Harbour. Living Coasts and Princess Theatre are also within 1 mile (2 km).