Torre Abbey is currently open from Wednesday till Sunday from 10am till 5pm (last entry at 4pm). 

Group visits

Come and enjoy a visit exploring our stunning buildings, garden, impressive displays, world-class collections and exhibitions, all complemented by modern amenities and special accessibility features. 

Torre Abbey is Torbay's most historic building, an Ancient Scheduled Monument dating back to 1196, set within 18 acres of garden and parkland. 

This Ancient Scheduled Monument has beautifully presented heritage rooms which are home to over 600 incredible works of art from the 18th century through to the present day. Our 800 years of history gallery explores local history, heritage and stories through interactive displays, talking portraits and videos.

Our award winning garden is famed for exuberant plantings of herbaceous perennials, roses and dahlias. Rare shrubs and trees flourish in the English Riviera climate, and our Palm and Cactus Houses contain tropical and sub-tropical plants including endangered palms from Kew Gardens. 

All year round the gardens celebrate the achievements of Torquay's most famous resident 'Agatha Christie' through the 'Potent Plants Garden'. Given that over half of Christie's characters were poisoned, you will be intrigued and surprised by the range of beautiful but sinister plants on show. 

Our group packages (1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021)

  • House & Gardens (self-led visit) - Groups of 10+ Adults: £6.50pp
  • Foreign Language Schools (self-led visit) - Groups of 15+ (under 18s): £3.50pp

Please enquire about our tours for groups.

Free entry for Group Leaders/Teachers/Drivers

All packages, tours and refreshments must be booked in advance of visit. 

Facilities

  • Accessible toilets
  • Gift shop
  • Lift to all floors
  • Manual wheelchairs (pre-booking required) 

Accessibility

96% of the main building is accessible via wheelchair or mobility scooters. Lifts operate to all floors and stair lifts are in place where short flights of stairs exist. Many areas of our gardens can be reached by those using mobility aids. Our staff will be delighted to open a side garden gate should this be required. There are plenty of chairs and benches throughout the main building and garden to allow visitors to rest should they wish. For any accessibility queries please speak to us in advance of your visit. 

Parking

Drivers can drop passengers off close to the main entrance. Free coach parking nearby at the rear of Torquay train station. 

Driver benefits

  • Free nearby coach parking
  • Free entry to the Abbey & Gardens

Booking your visit

We require at least 7-days notice for all group bookings. Pre-booking of our guided tours and refreshment package is essential. We are open to groups all year round and will work with you to ensure the visit meets the needs of your group. 

Cancellation policy

If you need to cancel your booking with us, we do ask for 2-weeks' notice. Any bookings cancelled within 2 weeks will be required to pay the full booking price. 

Learn more

To learn more call us on 01803 293593 or contact us via email torre.abbey@torbay.gov.uk