Torre Abbey Historic House and Gallery

Torre Abbey Historic House and Gallery
The King's Drive



general email address

Education & Events Officer

Keeper Of Art


Main number

01803 293 593


01803 215948

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Torre Abbey Gardens
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Torre Abbey was founded in 1196 as a monastery for the Premonstratensian order of Canons. By the 15th century it was the richest monastery of the order in the whole of the UK. After the dissolution of the monasteries it was turned into a country house, and was home to the Cary family from 1662 to 1930. The early monastic tithe barn was used to hold prisoners of the Armada, since when it has been known as "The Spanish Barn". Today the Abbey consists of two Grade I and four Grade II listed buildings and a scheduled ancient monument.

Today it is an historic house, art gallery and museum with a beautiful walled garden and cafe.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home, Archaeological site, Garden, parklands or rural site, Gallery, Heritage site, Architecture centre, Sacred space

Opening hours

Torre Abbey re-opened in July 2013 following after an extensive 2 year renovation program.

Opening times are:

March - December

Wed to Sun (closed Mon & Tues)

10.00 - 17.00, last entry 16.00

Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Admission charges

Adults: £7.50
Seniors: £6.25
Students (any age): £6.25
Children [5 -15]: £3.00
Family ticket: £18.00
Adult Groups (15 or more): £6.00
School groups: £3.00 (teachers free)
Under 5s: Free
Carers: Free if assisting lesser able bodied)
Friends of Torre Abbey: Free with membership card ( individuals - £10.00, Seniors £8.00, Family - £18.00)


  • Museums Association

Additional info

The building is now 90% wheelchair accessible

Torre Abbey contains a regionally important collection of oil paintings and watercolours. It is particularly strong in 19th century portraits and landscapes, especially the work of the Preraphaelites, although most recent acquisitions have been by more recent artists, especially.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Personalities, Social History