Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens

Torre Abbey Historic House & Gardens
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Founded in 1196, Torre Abbey tells the story of over 800 years of history, from life in a rich medieval Premonstratensian monastery, through its dissolution by Henry VIII, the Spanish Armada, the Napoleonic Wars, and Georgian family life in a grand house – to its present incarnation as an Accredited museum, art gallery and Ancient Scheduled Monument. Over 4 floors, you will find stunning heritage rooms, art exhibitions, interactive displays, ʻtalking portraitsʼ, videos and games to bring history to life.

With over 600 works from the 18th century to the present day, Torre Abbeyʼs art collection includes Pre-Raphaelite works of national standing, such as Holman Hunt's ʻThe Children's Holidayʼ, and Burne-Jones' drawings of ʻThe Planetsʼ. Watercolours by Thomas Luny and F J Widgery and a rare proof set of William Blake's ʻBook of Jobʼ. The comprehensive collection from Victorian sculptor Frederick Thrupp is unique. Examples of ceramics, silverware, applied design and furniture also on display.

Torre Abbeyʼs award-winning garden is famed for its exuberant plantings of herbaceous perennials, roses and dahlias set in a tranquil landscape around the Abbey ruins. Rare shrubs and trees flourish in the mild ʻRivieraʼ climate and displays such as the knot garden and orchard reflect the rich history of the Abbey. The Palm House contains tropical and sub-tropical plants including rare and endangered palms from Kew Gardens, along with bananas, pineapples and tropical flowers. Children explore with our discovery backpacks and our outdoor learning programme provides activities throughout the year. Regular adult activities and talks by garden experts from across the South West.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Gallery, Garden, parklands or rural site, Archaeological site, Museum, Heritage site

Opening hours

Opening Hours:
10am to 5pm (last admission 4pm)

Opening Days:
June – Sept: Monday – Sunday
March – May / Oct – Dec: Wednesday – Sunday

Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Open all Bank Holiday Mondays March, May, August.

Admission charges

DAY PASS
Adults £7.85
Concessions £6.45
Children (up to 18 years) Free
Adult Garden £4.00
Concession Garden £3.30

ANNUAL PASS
Annual Ticket £16.00
Annual Ticket Concession £13.00
Children (up to 18 years) Free

PRE-BOOKED GROUPS
Education Group (Schools) £3.25 for led session
Adult Group (15+) £6.00

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • National Art Pass
Getting there

By rail: Direct trains from Exeter Central & Newton Abbot. Torquay Station 5 mins walk.

By boat: Torquay-Brixham-Dartmouth ferries daily 1 April to 31 October.

By bus: 12, 22, 60, 61, 62, Gold, X46 to Torre Abbey Meadows/ Sands; 32, 62 to Torre Abbey bus-stop (Falkland Rd); 26, 120 to Torquay Station bus-stop (Rathmore Rd).

By car: From seafront, both Rathmore Rd and Avenue Rd take you to Chestnut Ave for Torre Abbey parking (adjacent to Riviera Centre TQ2 5LZ). Parking at Torre Abbey Car Park is reimbursed for your first visit. (Not in conjunction with other offers. Maximum refunds £4.00). Drop-off point and limited parking in the grounds for disabled people.

By bike: On cycle route with bike rack on site.

Additional info

The building is now 90% wheelchair accessible

With over 600 works from the 18th century to the present day, Torre Abbeyʼs art collection includes Pre-Raphaelite works of national standing, such as Holman Hunt's ʻThe Children's Holidayʼ, and Burne-Jones' drawings of ʻThe Planetsʼ. Watercolours by Thomas Luny and F J Widgery and a rare proof set of William Blake's ʻBook of Jobʼ. The comprehensive collection from Victorian sculptor Frederick Thrupp is unique. Examples of ceramics, silverware, applied design and furniture also on display.

Following an extensive restoration project, our 800 Years galleries tell the multi-faceted histories of Torre Abbey through interactive, audio-visual, written and object-based interpretation.

Regularly changing displays of the Permanent Collection and a visible art store show the strength of Torre Abbeys stored collection, alongside our changing Exhibitions Programme.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Personalities, Social History, Coins and Medals, Religion, Weapons and War, Maritime

Key artists and exhibits

  • William Holman Hunt
  • Edward Burne-Jones
  • William Blake
  • John Brett
  • Thomas Luny
  • William Salter
  • Frederick Thrupp
  • Arthur Hacker
  • Pietro Calvi
  • John Martin
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Sublime Symmetry Exhibition: William De Morgan

  • 10 September — 4 December 2016

A new national touring exhibition for 2016

The Sublime Symmetry exhibition showcases the work of William De Morgan, the celebrated Victorian Arts and Crafts designer and colleague of William Morris. The exhibition presents over 80 magnificent works, including ceramics from the De Morgan Collection as well as his original designs which we have on loan from the Victoria & Albert Museum.

The pieces have all been chosen to demonstrate the mathematical concepts which are the basis for his beautiful and colourful ceramic designs.
Children will be able to explore the patterns, shapes and symmetry in De Morgan’s elaborately decorated tiles and pots. Making learning maths fun, there will be interactive games and a family trail that can be enjoyed by budding mathematicians both young and old.

The exhibition is supported by an exciting schools programme and teacher information pack aimed at Key Stage 2.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free with normal admission prices

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Van Go Yourself

  • 1 — 31 May 2016 *on now

Throughout the month of May we will have costumes, accessories and props available so you can VanGoYourself - take a photograph of yourselves restaging our paintings and share the results on a dedicated website. It might be a simple portrait or a flamboyant historical scene - the choice is yours!

VanGoYourself was developed in partnership with Europeana, a Europe wide project which aims to promote greater access and use of cultural heritage resources.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with admission fee.

Fossil Creations

Fossil Creations

  • 31 May 2016

Use brusho colours to bring your creation to life and take away something really special to keep.

This workshop is most suitable for children ages 6 and over, but we encourage families to work together and activities will be tailored to children's abilities. All materials will be supplied.

Times: Morning Session: 10.00am - 1.00pm, Afternoon Session: 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Where: LearningLab, Torre Abbey

Cost: £2.50 per child. We encourage children and families to learn together. Parents are welcome to join in and help. Drop-ins welcome, but booking ahead is advised.

Don't forget, entrance to Torre Abbey Historic House & Gardens is free for children and young people under-18. Why not buy an adult entrance ticket and explore the whole site and collections during your visit!

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly
earthling

Printmaking for Earthlings!

  • 1 June 2016

An opportunity for children to join artists from Double Elephant Print Workshop to create amazing monoprints and collagraphs to take home inspired by the ancient geology we walk on every day. Planet Earth is pretty amazing isn’t it? Drop-in workshop suitable for children ages 5 and over. Activities are designed to suit children with varying degrees of skill and concentration. All materials will be supplied.

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5 per child We encourage children and families to learn together. Parents are welcome to join in and help.

Don't forget, entrance to Torre Abbey Historic House & Gardens is free for children and young people under-18. Why not buy an adult entrance ticket and explore the whole site and collections during your visit!

twelth night

Twelfth Night

  • 1 — 2 June 2016

400 hundred years after his death. Theatre Hub proudly present The Inn Theatre Company in one of Shakespeare most beloved comedies - a story of mistaken identity, cross-dressing, cowardice, silliness, general mayhem and, of course, love.

Performances at Torre Abbey in the Cloisters on both Wednesday 1 June and Thursday 2 June 2016 at 7:30pm

Tickets are available online direct from TheatreHub: - See more at: http://www.torre-abbey.org.uk/events/details/105/twelfth-night#sthash.nCGyykpx.dpuf

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Standard £12.00; Family £40.00 (2 adults plus 2 children under 16); Concessions £8.00 for F/T Students, over 65 or unemployed. Proof required on the door of concession status. All tickets attract an online booking fee of £0.45 + 6% per ticket.

Geo

Geo-Painting: Holiday Activity

  • 3 June 2016

In celebration of our amazing English Riviera Global Geopark, you'll be mixing up your own paints from colours pigments and discovering the wonders of the earth beneath our feet. This workshop is most suitable for children and young people aged 7 and over. Activities will be tailored to varying degrees of skill and concentration, so you will only be limited by your ambition! All materials will be supplied.

Morning Session: 10.00am - 1.00pm, Afternoon Session: 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £2.50 per child. We encourage children and families to learn together. Parents are welcome to join in and help. Drop-ins welcome, but booking ahead is advised. -

Chin Up!

  • 5 June 2016

Explore the exhibition in their immersive performance tent, enjoy a cream tea, and witness live performances throughout the afternoon. Devised with young people from across Torbay, the Chin Up! project has spent two years collecting different stories, from young people to veterans, about their experiences and memories of wartime entertainment.

No entry to the House or Gardens required. Find the Chin Up! tent on the South Lawn by the cafe and LearningLab.

This project has been made possible by an Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Heritage

Heritage Open Days

  • 10 — 11 September 2016

As part of Heritage Open Days, we invite everyone to discover the richness of local history, architecture and culture on your doorstep and across the UK.

A survey by Heritage Open Days has revealed that becoming a tourist in your own town can make you feel better about yourself, healthier and more relaxed as well as having a significant impact on the wellbeing of your own community. So discover the beauty and diversity of Torre Abbey, with changing exhibitions, tranquil gardens and over 800 of architecture all in one incredible site.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free!

Drypoint

Drypoint Symmetry: Printmaking Course

  • 10 November — 8 December 2016

Drypoint is an intaglio process, working directly on a perspex plate. The process lends itself to lively, expressive mark making, using needles, roulettes, sandpapers and power tools. Monoprint (or monotype) is a print taken from an inked surface, where one print is made each time (as opposite to multiple editions). Led by artist printmakers from Double Elephant Print Workshop, this 5-week course is suitable for complete beginners, but also for those with experience of printmaking or who are familiar with other creative processes. All materials will be supplied. For more information about the course contact artist Simon Ripley direct at simon@doubleelephant.org.uk or by phone on 07857 036433. Book a place online or call Torre Abbey on 01803 293593.

Dates: Thursdays: 10th Nov, 17th Nov, 24th Nov, 1st Dec, 8th Dec 2016.

Times: 2.00pm - 4.30pm

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Cost: £125 for 5 session course.

Takeover Day

  • 11 June 2017

It’s a day on which children and young people take on meaningful roles, working alongside staff and volunteers to participate in the life of our museums.

The Torre Abbey team will be working with children and young people through October and November, to prepare them for the big day, when they take the riens at Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens! As you can imagine, there are plenty of different tasks to learn about ...

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

If you'd like to find out more about how to get involved, contact us by email to find out more torreabbeyenquiries@torbay.gov.uk

Getting there

By rail: Direct trains from Exeter Central & Newton Abbot. Torquay Station 5 mins walk.

By boat: Torquay-Brixham-Dartmouth ferries daily 1 April to 31 October.

By bus: 12, 22, 60, 61, 62, Gold, X46 to Torre Abbey Meadows/ Sands; 32, 62 to Torre Abbey bus-stop (Falkland Rd); 26, 120 to Torquay Station bus-stop (Rathmore Rd).

By car: From seafront, both Rathmore Rd and Avenue Rd take you to Chestnut Ave for Torre Abbey parking (adjacent to Riviera Centre TQ2 5LZ). Parking at Torre Abbey Car Park is reimbursed for your first visit. (Not in conjunction with other offers. Maximum refunds £4.00). Drop-off point and limited parking in the grounds for disabled people.

By bike: On cycle route with bike rack on site.

Torre Abbey Historic House and Gardens
The King's Drive
Torquay
Devon
TQ2 5JE
England

logo: Museums at Night

Website

www.torre-abbey.org.uk/homepage

E-mail

torreabbeyenquiries@torbay.gov.uk

Education Officer

dee.martin@torbay.gov.uk

Telephone

01803 293593

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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