Region: South West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Torre Abbey, Kings Drive, Torquay, TQ2 5JE

Contact: 01803 293593



Enrich your students’ learning and take them time-travelling with a group visit to Torre Abbey Museum. Explore a unique set of buildings and grounds that have witnessed events spanning over 800 years, playing a pivotal role in the historical and cultural life of Torbay. From 11th Century abbey to family home to museum, Torre Abbey can tell you stories about the geography of Torbay, religion over time, the history of art, the Middle Ages, Tudor times, Victorian era, rich and poor and everything in between.

With three floors of art and interactive exhibitions and beautiful extensive gardens, Torre Abbey provides a whole host of learning opportunities linking to your curriculum. Bring these subjects to life through literacy, art, drama, history and more with guided tours and workshops.

Contact our Learning Officer for more information and to book a visit.

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Why you are you a great place for educational visits?
We provide a look at history where it actually happened. We are passionate about using the power of engagement and storytelling to inspire people as they walk in the footsteps of the people who made history here. Forget virtual reality – we provide the real thing to bring magic to your teaching.

What does a typical educational visit include?
Schools are welcome to use our self-guided resources to make the best of your visit – or to combine them with a taught session to make for a longer visit. Self-guided resources are available on request and cover: Middle Ages, Tudor Times, Victorians and time-team explorers, house and garden activities.

We can tailor your guided visit or workshop according to your curriculum needs, but can cater for foundation, Key Stages 1 – 3 with additional workshops on request. Curriculum links include:

Narrative texts (Adventure & Historical Fiction) and Non-Fiction
Text (Instructions, Information, Recount)
Richard the Lionheart
Museum Information & Description

Calculating, Measuring and Understanding Shape
Map reading and navigation
Ordering numbers on Timelines

We have changing exhibitions which may support D&T.
Mechanisms & Structures

What were homes like long ago?
Entertaining in the Cary Dining Room
Costume and Music in the Ballroom
Victorian Portraits in the Art Gallery
Cooking in the Kitchens
Local History & Buildings

Investigating our Local Area
Torre Abbey is the oldest building in Torquay
The Development of Torquay into a Tourist resort

Visiting a Museum and Art Gallery
18th, 19th , 20th century paintings
Contemporary changing exhibitions
Victorian Portraits
Local Scenes

We have changing exhibitions which may support D&T.
Investigation and Forces and Movement

What group sizes do you cater for?
Up to 30 pupils plus staff for each guided tour or workshop - we can cater for more than one group at a time.

Unlimited for self-led visits around the house and gardens

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?
Comprehensive resource packs and worksheets available to download from our website, or available on request.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
Yes – we can provide pre-visit risk assessments and insurance documents.

Does your venue have an education officer?
Learning Officer - 01803 208511 email:

What is the cost of the visit?
Self-led visits are free-of-charge - for teachers accompanying students aged 19 years and under.

Workshops and guided tours are £3 per student, accompanying adults free.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
Yes. Our daily duty managers are First Aid trained

Please list facilities available.
We have a number of spaces to spread out and eat a packed lunch. If the weather is fair, our extensive gardens are great for picnics and if the weather is inclement, we have plenty of space indoors.

We do have a gift shop which children are welcome to use, so bring a little pocket money!

What are your disabled facilities?
Torre Abbey house is fully accessible, with lifts to each floor and accessible facilities. The gardens are mostly accessible, with some tricky areas, as they contain the ruins of the 11th century abbey.

What are your opening days and hours?
Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm – last entry 4pm

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
‘Really enjoyed looking around the Abbey. It was so full of history and what we really enjoyed were the interactive tv's. We were also lucky enough to see some actors rehearsing for a play in the gardens. We had a great few hours there’

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Arts & Galleries Cathedrals. Abbeys. Churches Historic Buildings Historical Heritage Museums Parks and Gardens

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design English History Religious Education

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December