Dating back to the year 1196, the Torre Abbey started with a sheltered apex on the rich fertile land in close proximity with the sea. The Torre Abbey had every facet to establish the monastery for the Premonstratensian monks and in the course of time, it had become a monument acknowledged as an Ancient Scheduled Monument. From interactive displays to art exhibits, heritage rooms to galleries, interpretative videos to talking portraits –there are lots to see. As an added bonanza, you will also learn about the Georgian Cary Family, its emergence and downfall during more than hundreds of years.
What To Expect In Torre Abbey?
Featuring more than six hundred artworks dating back to the eighteenth century till date, the collection of Torre Abbey is sure to keep you hooked. Besides, the expansive gardens will definitely give you some tranquil moments after you have been acquainted with the historical aspects. Have a look –
Choir Of Resident Artists
The residential Choral engineers of the Torre Abbey are part of the creative choir community which is led by the native composers namely Steve Sowden and Hugh Nankivell. New music and theatrical performances are created and staged regularly by the community. You can expect original stories, songs, film presentation and historical interpretation here.
800 Years Gallery
Once used as servants’ bedrooms on the top floor of main house, the 800 Years Gallery is enough to make you understand about the historic development since the old days till the 21st century. Learn more about historical and economic growth of Torquay in twenty-first century. Here you will find interactive mix of displays related to portraits, historical objects, artwork and information panels which speak on behalf of the Torre Abbey history since 1196. 4 color coded sections focus on the part of surprising stories such as the hologram talking knight.
TorBay & The Sea focuses on Torbay’s relationship with the sea as well as the naval and military heritage. British maritime art at the Call of the Sea Gallery, pencil sketches at the Burne-Jones Gallery, and Green and Pleasant Land Gallery are also among the popular galleries in the Torre Abbey. Dartmoor Gallery, Frederick Thrupp Gallery and Behind the Scene Gallery are also notable.
Torre Abbey Garden
The award-winning Torre Abbey garden has everything from dahlias to roses, herbaceous perennials and orchards set in the stunning landscape of the ruins. The Palm House has variegated sub-tropical and tropical plants, plumeria, pineapple, passionflower and bananas while the Arid House has collection of succulents and cacti.
The medieval garden with wattle fence, willow tunnels and turf seats look fascinating while the Walled Garden boasts of organic plantation and herbaceous perennials around the ruins. The best attraction however is the Agatha Christie Potent Plants where some of the poisonous and benign plants are planted such as sources of morphine and cyanide.
Besides, exploring the gardens and galleries at your own pace, you can also attend the family-friendly activities like dressing up in medieval attire, workshops, plant conservation programs etc.