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Enrich your students’ learning with a group visit to Torre Abbey Museum. Explore a unique set of buildings and grounds that have witnessed events spanning over 800 years, playing a pivotal role in the historical and cultural life of Torbay.  

School Workshops

Learning at Torre Abbey

Torre Abbey has witnessed an extraordinary variety of events since it was founded in 1196, meaning there is a wealth of stories to inspire and ignite a world of learning through every subject. We are able to deliver learning activities and workshops relating to any topic from the Middle Ages through to the present day. Our buildings, gardens, grounds and location within the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark makes us the perfect space to go even further back in time, where learners can explore Torbay’s exceptional local geology and natural environment.

Our experienced Learning and Community Engagement Coordinator can arrange a tailored learning package that it suitable for your group’s interests and abilities. All of our workshops have an artistic and hands-on approach to help learners gain a better understanding of art, history, culture and the world around them.

Taleblazers at Torre Abbey

Storytelling workshops delivered by the amazing Taleblazers team can now be booked at Torre Abbey. Workshops can be tailored to your class or your group and can be customised to cover any historical period or fit with any term-wide theme. Examples of themes include the Siege of Torre Abbey and The Spanish Armada. The creative workshops include writing, poetry and performance.

For more information please contact grace.melsher@torbay.gov.uk or workshops@taleblazers.org.uk .

Self-led learning group visits

Would your group prefer to explore Torre Abbey independently? With an Educational group membership* for schools, self-led visits are free, but it’s always a good idea to let us know that you are coming. We can then provide you with information about what’s on, visit resources for self-led visits through the galleries and the gardens or to book a lunch space should we have availability. Our Learning and Community Engagement Coordinator can arrange a package that is suitable for your group’s interests and abilities. Just contact us in advance for more information and to book your visit.

*Educational group membership for schools costs just £27.50 per year.

Click here to purchase your Educational Membership ticket

How to Book

We can cater for learning groups of all ages, abilities and key stages. These include home schoolers, childminders, families, seniors and SEN. Please just ask for any special interests you would like to address as part of your workshop as well as any projects you would like to collaborate with the Museum on.

Generally a school workshop costs £5 per child for a half day workshop and £8 for a full day. We can adapt times and the prices may vary slightly depending on the activity. Teachers and Teaching Assistants go free.

For more information, questions and booking please contact our Learning and Community Engagement Coordinator - Grace Williams. Email: grace.melsher@torbay.gov.uk, Tel: 01803 208746

Guided group tours

Contact our Learning and Community Engagement Coordinator if you would like to enquire about a guided tour or bespoke workshop specific to your curriculum or topic focus/learning requirements (for example Local History study or History of Art focus). There will be a small charge per student under 19 years of age for guided tours and workshops.

Language schools

We welcome language students to Torre Abbey and a visit makes a great way of learning about the history of both Torre Abbey and Torbay itself. We can provide worksheets/quizzes free of charge, while tours can also be arranged at an additional charge. We charge just £3 per student, while leaders/teachers go free. Booking essential. Please email torreabbeyenquiries@torbay.gov.uk for further information and bookings.