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Torre Abbey, Torquay

Torre Abbey, Torquay


Agatha Christie and Torre Abbey

Torre Abbey was founded in 1196 by six premonstratentian canons and over time it became one of the country's richest religious orders. They created a harbour at Torquay in order to export goods from their vast estates and they founded a market town - Newton Abbot as a place in which to sell their produce.

When Henry VIII began to eye the riches of the monsateries Torre Abbey could not escape and in 1539 it succumbed to his policy of dissolution. The buildings were ransacked and stone and roofing removed until only a small part of the original buildings remained in tact. After some years the Cary family took up residence and they stayed there until 1930 when their dire finacnes forced them out.

In her early years whilst the Carys were still in residence Agatha Christie attended parties at the house.

Today the Abbey is home to Torbay's art collection and is a visitor attraction with both house and gardens attracting thousands of visitors each year.

The walled garden is a particular feature and contains a palm house as well as an arid house where there is a collection of cacti. There is also an Agatha Christie inspired Poison Garden which draws its inpiration from when Agatha was working as a pharmacist in Torquay during World War I.

Torre Abbey in Torquay.


Check availability and rates at our Self Catering Accommodation in Torquay for your Agatha Christie break.


If you are interested in visitng Torre Abbey and are looking for places to stay we have a range of self catering accommodation in Torquay from which all the key points on The Agatha Christie Mile can be reached. 

  • At our  Muntham Apartments and Town House we have a variety of luxury accommodation from a three bedroom town house with its own private hot tub(for up to five people) through to one bedroom apartments and studio apartments too.
  • At the Bedford House Apartments we have great value for money accommodation including an enormous two bedroom apartment, a three bedroom apartment and one bedroom apartments.
  • We also have the one bedroom luxury  Hesketh Crescent Apartment just a stone's throw from one of Agatha's favourite beaches at Meadfoot Bay. With all of the apartments being located in the centre of Torquay guests are also able to make the very most of the opportunity to explore the early influences of The Queen of Crime.

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