Torre Abbey Museum Torquay Devon

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South West

Kings Drive, ,, , Torquay, TQ2 5JE

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PreSchool, 5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University

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.

Listed under: Art and Design | Historical Heritage | Historic Buildings | Cathedrals. Abbeys. Churches | Arts & Galleries | Day Trip Destinations | Religious Education | History | English | Parks and Gardens

What makes us a great choice?

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 is typically included?

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

Group Sizes Catered 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

Materials, Resources & Information Provided

Comprehensive resource packs and worksheets available to download from our website, or available on request.

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions


Risk Assessment Details

Yes – we can provide pre-visit risk assessments and insurance documents.

Education Officer Information

Learning Officer - 01803 208511 email: abbeylearning@torbay.gov.uk

Pricing Information

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.

First Aid Information

Yes. Our daily duty managers are First Aid trained

Available Facilities

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!

Accessibility & 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.

Opening Hours & Information

Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm – last entry 4pm


‘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’

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