Torre Abbey - English Riviera Attractions Partnership

Torre Abbey

Torre Abbey – welcoming visitors for over 800 years

Come and enjoy a visit exploring our stunning buildings, garden and impressive displays, world-class collections and exhibitions, 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 with 18 acres of gardens and parkland.

The Abbey is a real hive of activity where world class exhibitions are shown side by side with creative work from local emerging talent. Specially curated exhibitions complement the museum’s permanent collection which includes regionally important art, with some nationally important works.

With over 600 incredible works of art from the 18th century to the present day and our 800 years of history gallery which explores local history, heritage and stories through interactive displays, talking portraits and videos, really makes the Abbey a truly unique place to visit.

Torre Abbey Gardens

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, including the sources for cyanide, morphine and ricin. Fans of the writer can also interpret the plants and clues in the four outside beds and solve the mystery of the missing story titles.

Children can explore the gardens with special trails and learning activities.

Family friendly

We are a family-friendly museum, all year round we offer special house and garden trails and quizzes, learning activities, dressing up and a wide range of workshops. Torre Abbey is accessible for prams and children, with a lift running to each floor, buggy parking and baby-changing facilities. We welcome picnicking in our gardens, and have plenty of spots to enjoy alfresco dining.

Gift shop

Our gift shop is open during opening hours, selling everything from locally produced gin, preserves and sweets, to traditional toys, plants, gardening accessories, mugs and memberships.

Open all year

Please see our website for the latest opening hours under COVID19 restrictions.

With an ever changing programme of exhibitions, events and activities and annual memberships available for just £18, there are plenty of reasons to keep coming back. For more information visit: