Free Admission and Car Park
You can see Quarr Abbey from the car ferry to Fishbourne, nestling among the trees on the shore. Passengers visiting the Island enjoy taking various guesses at what it could be.
Quarr Abbey is home to a small group of Benedictine monks who strive to dedicate their lives to the glory of God, and whose day is characterised by prayer, work and community life.
You can visit the church and wander around the grounds to experience the tranquil atmosphere, visit the art gallery where local artists display their artwork or browse the bookshop, where you can buy published works by a member of the community of monks along with other Quarr Abbey souvenirs.
The Visitor Centre is designed to provide an inspiring and informative introduction to the monastic way of life and the beautiful and historic estate where they live. The centre displays an introductory film to provide a thought provoking insight into the Benedictine tradition, which stretches back over 1500 years. It reveals the history of Quarr Abbey and highlights the special nature of a site that is a haven for rare wildlife and plants.
Located in Quarr Abbey’s serene and beautiful surroundings of the walled gardens, you will discover the popular licensed teashop. Whether indulging in a speciality coffee made from a unique blend of Island roasted coffee, or having lunch ‘Al fresco’ in the tranquil tea garden, visitors will enjoy the relaxing atmosphere. Our eatery, popular to both local and visitors to the Island, offers a selection of freshly prepared sandwiches, paninis, soups, or chef’s specials that make the most of Quarr Abbeys own allotment-grown produce.
The farm shop offers a variety of local Island products along with Quarr Abbey’s own unique range of goodies including:
• Quarr Abbey Ale
• Apple Cider
• Apple Juice
• Jams and chutneys
• Fruit and vegetables from the allotments
As part of the many interests, browse and enjoy the art gallery where local artists display their art work throughout the year. Whether it is an Arts and Craft workshop or an exhibition of paintings; there is always a creative offer to view and experience at the gallery, making it a popular destination for all visitors to the Abbey.
The Monastery shop offers a wide selection, particularly Christian spirituality, monastic and Benedictine books. There is also a great selection of children’s books available, along with published works by a member of the community of monks. Also available is an interesting range of Abbey souvenirs and devotional items.
For everyone interested in the history of Quarr Abbey, guided tours are available Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11am in August and September. The tours are on a first come first served basis.
Discover the grounds of Quarr Abbey by taking part in the family trail. It's free and will be available everyday in August and September. For more information please visit the Visitor Centre or farm shop.
Families can explore the Abbey grounds, woodland walk and hide learning more about flora, fauna, insects and wildlife. The kits are free and can be picked up from the farm shop.
BUS & CYCLE ROUTES (DRIVE LESS SEE MORE EXPERIENCES):
* Bus - Routes 4, 3 or Downs Breezer.
* More Info - http://www.islandbuses.info/
* Take a mostly off road cycle ride from Ryde to visit Quarr Abbey.
* More Information:
- Indoor Attraction
Map & Directions
From East Cowes ferry, A3054 to Ryde.
From Fishbourne ferry, B3339 (Fishbourne lane), A3054 to Ryde.
From Yarmouth ferry, A3054 to Newport, A3054 to Ryde.
Public Transport Directions
Number 9 bus from Ryde. Number 4 bus from East Cowes. From West Cowes Red Jet Hi-speed ferry: No. 1 bus route to Newport and change to No. 9 to Ryde or take chain ferry to East Cowes and number 4 bus from there. From Yarmouth ferry: No. 7 bus route to Newport and change to No. 9 to Ryde.
For further bus information please visit the Southern Vectis website at www.islandbuses.info/
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Travelers Choice 2021
- Very Good321
- fork_handlesLuton, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesPig Feeding!Sunday, 24th October 2021Possibly one of the more unlikely enjoyable activities that you could enjoy at an Abbey / Monastery is the feeding of pigs! The monks keep a number of pigs in the grounds and you can buy pig food at... Read full review
- 249paulaw249Surrey, United KingdomPeaceful beautiful locationSunday, 24th October 2021Very peaceful place lovely to spend a couple of hours here. Food and cakes from the café were very tasty and good value for money. Good spot to stop for lunch. Plenty of parking at the location... Read full review
- 7karleensInteresting place, lovely grounds and shopWednesday, 27th October 2021Stopped by for lunch and a wander round, cafe was nice and I enjyed a Quarr Abbey Ale. Sadly the kitchen garden is not accesible to the public and you can only enter the front part of the church, but... Read full review
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|Open (1 Jan 2021 - 23 Dec 2021)|
|Closed (24 Dec 2021 - 1 Jan 2022)|
* * Open 7 days a week (except Good Friday and Christmas Eve to New Year's Day)
* Summer - 10.00am-5.00pm • Sundays 11.15am-5.00pm
* Winter - 10.00am-4.00pm • Sundays 11.15am-4.00pm
* Disabled access
* Teashop: 01983 898543
* General enquiries: 01983 882420