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Torre Abbey Historic house and Gallery
Torre Abbey is Torquay’s oldest building and is sited in a very prominent position overlooking Torre Abbey meadows and the seafront promenades beyond. It is a large building with a floor area of nearly 600 square metres, divided into 122 rooms, on twenty levels with 256 individual steps. It consists of two Grade I listed buildings, four Grade II listed buildings, an historic garden and is a scheduled ancient monument of national importance.
The west range of the building has been fully restored. This is the oldest part of the Abbey and is archaeologically and architecturally extremely important. A new visitor entrance has been opened under the Abbot’s Tower and a new visitor route developed that will highlight the stunningly restored cloister garden and the atmospheric medieval undercrofts. Visitor facilities throughout the building have been improved with new shop, café, toilets and car parking. The attraction has a new lease of artistic life with a the launch of contemporary exhibitions, workshops and arts events in the Abbey’s galleries. We hope that, as you explore the Abbey, we can reveal the depths of this building’s history through the fascinating story of its restoration.