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, feed the pigs, 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 every Wednesday between 28th June and 30th August inc. 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 is available all year round. 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:
- Dogs admitted on a lead - This includes the woodland walks. Dogs are not allowed in the teashop but are welcome in the tea garden. Water bowls are provided in the tea garden. Dog waste bin is on the bridle way.
- Dogs welcome - Dogs are welcome but they must be on a lead at all times. This includes the woodland walks. Dogs are not allowed in the teashop but are welcome in the tea garden. Water bowls are provided in the tea garden. Dog waste bin is on the bridle way.
- 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:
- Very Good343
- shawjm55Bournemouth, United KingdomA great family couple and solo experienceWednesday, 3rd January 2024My third visit to the abbey following the lives of the piggies on site . They are very cute attraction. Also the shop selling honey and produce Followed by cafe who sell amazing meals Read full review
- HvalatooCornwall, United KingdomRelaxing morningWednesday, 17th January 2024Spent a relaxing morning walking around the gardens and monastery. There is a well stocked farm shop selling excellent local produce and a visitors information centre which are worth a visit. We... Read full review
- OnAir64046Ryde, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesNice lunch visitMonday, 22nd January 2024Nice return visit to the cafe. Cosy fire lit Friendly staff. Two cheese scones with cream cheese and a lovely chutney with hot drinks. Read full review
|Open (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)
* We are closed 24th, 25th and 26th December, 1st January and Good Friday, open all other days.
* 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