Torre Abbey Historic House and Gallery

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:

Historic house or home, Gallery

Opening hours

OPEN 5 DAYS A WEEK (Wednesday to Sunday) from the 28 February - 30 June 2015 - See more at:

Admission charges

Adults £7.50
Seniors £6.25
Children (3-15 years) £3.00
Family £18.00
Garden £4.00
Annual Ticket £15.00
Annual Ticket Seniors £12.50
Annual Ticket Family £25.50

Pre Booked
Education Group (Schools) £3.00
Adult Group £6.00


  • 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

Torre Abbey Historic House and Gallery
The King's Drive



Education & Events Officer

Keeper Of Art


01803 293593

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