The grand sight of Quarr Abbey is one of the first things on the Isle of Wight to greet visitors on the Portsmouth to Fishbourne ferry, however it still remains one of the Island’s hidden gems.

Thanks to a recent Heritage Lottery Fund Project the working Benedictine Monastery is about to introduce its very own Visitor and Exhibition Centre, along with newly landscaped grounds, woodland walks, visitor access and an orchard area and "Poultry Project" – making it an even more desirable discovery from this summer!

Located around the beautiful walled gardens of the Abbey you will also find a popular licensed teashop café and farm-shop, offering a range of freshly prepared, tasty delights. Much of the produce is grown on Quarr Abbey’s own allotment, and the chef’s specials make the most of that luxury! The farm shop has a wealth of products that are also made on site from “homegrown” ingredients.

One of the family favourites at Quarr Abbey are the resident pigs – bags of pig food (cake) are available to buy in the farm shop for anyone who wants to treat them to a snack!

The newly added "Poultry Project" offers a free range retirement home to hens that have been taken out of a commerical environment, and the eggs can be purchased from the farm shop when they become available. There are currently 50 hens on site, with a further 25 due to arrive, and to ease their substantial food bill there is a donation box in the tearoom with proceeds being split between the project and the British Hen Welfare Trust.

Elsewhere on site you will find an art gallery where Isle of Wight artists showcase their work throughout the year, and a bookshop offering a wide selection of books. For anyone looking to learn the history of Quarr Abbey there are daily tours every Tuesday in July & August at 11.00am.