Quarr Abbey
Quarr Abbey
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  • Peter R
    Maroochydore, Australia2,379 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place to visit
    This was a lovely place to visit. The Abby was great, and we saw a lot of other places like the chapel. the old ruins were a disappointment and too far to walk to. On our first visit the cafe was too busy but on our return the cafe food was delicious, and the servings were very adequate. It was well worth the visit
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 2, 2023
  • barney513
    Jersey, United Kingdom40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful abbey & gardens
    Lovely abbey & gardens. Can hardly believe it is free to visit. The gardens are beautiful to walk around as well. A nice tearoom & garden to sit in. Although when it is sunny & hot, some sunshades over the tables would be a good idea. Some people did not stay to use the tearoom as there were no shady areas to sit. Lovely shop to purchase produce made on site by the monks. Highly recommend a visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Richard S
    Angmering, United Kingdom761 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Humble Tranquility
    This is somehwere we have wanted to visit for a while. A working monestry that opens it doors to visitors. It has a lovely farm shop where you can buy local items, and a wonderful cafe that does the best coffee and cake. Bravo to the Abbey for opening its doors and welcoming us.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 13, 2023
  • Judith C
    Guildford, United Kingdom77 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful peaceful surroundings
    Beautiful peaceful location. Small visitor centre with some interesting information about the life of a monk and the history of the abbey. Art gallery with local paintings for sale. Quite a large farm shop. Very nice tea rooms with attractive outdoor seating area. Various breeds of pigs and food available to buy to feed to them. Very easy to get to as the bus stops at the end of the drive. Continue up the drive (don't take the side paths) to get to the abbey and visitor centre. It doesn't take that long to have a look at everything, so it's an ideal stop if you are on a day trip to the Isle of Wight and it's on the Downs Breezer open top bus route which is well worth a ride in its own right.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Joycetalks
    Witham, United Kingdom181 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful church here to be experienced!
    Highly recommended! We were lucky enough to visit on a Wednesday when a tour was on offer. The guide was informative and we even had a monk that came to speak to us. A charming man. A full description of the daily life of a monk was given and questions answered well. The highlight however, was the church. I have never seen such a well designed church. Spartan on first look, until you realised the complexity of the architecture. Built to employ light changes and the acoustics must be magnificent! It would have been wonderful to hear a Gregorian chant in this space!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Kaycee2604
    Knaresborough, United Kingdom146 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful afternoon
    Wonderful peaceful place. A highlight for me was the Pilgrims Chapel, where I was able to spend time, in perfect silence, remembering loved ones. It really lifted my spirits. There is an opportunity to feed the pigs, who live on the site, and a nice gift shop and cafe. I believe that you can also go into the main church when services are on, but unfortunately because of time constraints I wasn’t able to do this. Maybe next time.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Philmex1
    Southampton, United Kingdom1,880 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A peaceful escape for a couple of hours
    If you want a break from the usual holiday attractions or shopping, do visit Quarr Abbey. It's situated between Fishbourne and Ryde and easy to find being just off the main road. It's such a peaceful place with an impressive abbey that would look at home in Belgium or Holland. You can enter the abbey between services and it has a beautiful spiritual atmosphere. There's a visitors centre where you can learn about the history of the abbey going back centuries before Henry VIII, the dissolution and the re-establishment of the abbey in more recent times. There are two shops, one selling items produced by the abbey and another selling items for religious devotions and Christian books. Don't miss the café which serves meals and snacks. We stopped off for coffee (the abbey's own blend - delicious!) and cake. I was impressed with the range of cakes and pastries particularly as they had gluten free options. There is ample free parking at Quarr and it's free to visit, though donations are welcome. Very highly recommended.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Stingray
    41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique, really interesting visit. Cafe seems to require queueing. Opening hours are misleading.
    Unique, really interesting visit. Cafe seems always to require queueing. With really good access to the abbey, visitors centre and exhibition space (we buy something beautiful almost every time we go in there), plus the pig enclosure and the grounds there is so much to see in this beautiful place. Expect to spend a couple of hours at least. Then of course you need refreshment - expect a long queue at the cafe. We have been several times and are glad of anything less than 10 mins in a stationary line. It was more like 15 last Sunday. As there seems to be no system or organisation everything comes to a halt with a large order. As the cafe must generate good cashflow for the estate, it would seem a good idea to get the place organised and even expanded. The whole site is lovely and engaging, so doing this would seem to benefit all parties - money for the monks, easy access to good food for visitors and less stress for the harassed staff. Overall a great place to go, but don't expect to go there for lunch if you are on a schedule eg heading for the ferry.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 3, 2023
  • lde457
    230 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderfully tranquil
    What an incredibly peaceful and inspiring place. We had perfect weather, which helped, but even so I imagine it would be beautiful at any time of year. Enough to see, in the form of pigs and the ruins, and farm shop etc., but also very very tranquil and a real feeling of being away from the world. I am a little envious of the monks!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 23, 2023
  • George S
    Frinton-On-Sea, United Kingdom167 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely place to visit!
    So love this place of tranquility! The Abbey has a magical charm that you cannot escape. This is a working Abbey and there are Monks on site, so please respect this when visiting. There is a great Refreshment area and Gift shop. I purchased some of their great ground coffee when last there! Don't miss seeing the Piggeries. Here there are pigs of all ages, and at the time of our visit, a Sow had just produced a litter of piglets a few days ago. A lovely place to spend some quality time.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 21, 2023
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Lucy H
Essex219 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
We popped in to Quarr on a rainy day. The first thing we saw were the pigs, who had lots of little piglets running around. Very cute and we spent ages just watching them play. It was quite muddy; sturdy boots would probably be best.

The farm shop and book shop were well stocked, although the lady in the bookshop was quite surly. There's apparently an exhibition of information in one of the outbuildings, but this was closed due to COVID-19. I was fascinated to know more about the monks and the Abbey, but she just pointed to a book and said "it's all in there, £5 each".

Anyway, the lady in the café was much more welcoming, and forthcoming with useful information. And there's always Wikipedia!

The Abbey itself was stunning, and we spent a few minutes contemplating in silence. We lit candles in memory of loved ones and admired the simple beauty of the building.

Written October 28, 2020
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Daru500
Halesowen, UK181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
You can't believe how close Quarr Abbey is to the main road to Ryde, and yet when you turn off and into the Abbey it is so quiet, so peaceful and tranquil, like another world. The Abbey is set in lovely gardens, where in nice weather, you could sit and watch the world go by. The Abbey building is a marvel of architecture, and the museum on site tells the story of how it was built, by the monks, back roughly on the site of the original abbey (which you can walk to). The abbey church to me, had a lovely warm welcoming feel and it was lovely to sit in there and reflect.
On site there is a cafe which we didnt use on this occasion, as we were on our way to Osborne House when we stopped, a monastic shop and a farm shop, with soaps, honey (which i bought and is delicious), beer and other jams/preserves.
My sons aged 5 and 1 loved seeing the animals, especially the pigs, and they enjoyed feeding them as they sell pig food in the shops.
There is plenty of car parking including for disabled. The walk to the Abbey is flat and level and the gardens are lovely to walk around. I would definitely return again when next on the Island.
Written March 11, 2020
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John G
United Kingdom652 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Lovely place for a visit to see some gardens in the grounds of a modern abbey. Would recommend the cafe but service is glacial- you know the type; lots of people working but no food or drink leaving the kitchen. Wanted to visit the ruins of the medieval abbey but was poorly signed do have up.
Written August 24, 2021
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Travelling_Imp_1956
Lincoln, UK694 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Looking for somewhere to spend three hours (after eviction from hotel and before ferry slot) and found Quarr Abbey. The tranquillity of the place is not disturbed by visitors, even though there was a large number (appears many were like us looking for a pre-ferry visit) and the car park was full and the overflow car park was also filling.
The café offers a good selection of refreshments. My wife and I jokingly noted that as local tithes had stopped thanks to Henry VIII the café prices made up for that loss of income.
The courtyard has a number of attractions, from art gallery to local produce shop. The latter not overly priced.
Written May 28, 2022
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Abigail C
21 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Great Covid rules, nice greater and seater. Waitress totally incompetent, unable to follow simple requests. Nice cakes cut to very uneven size resulting in a 6 year old being given a size twice the size of the adult, but pleasant enough (not a patch on Osbourne house cafe) . Waitress then screwed the bill up couldn’t fix it, vanished for long time, leaving the autistic toddler very stressed. Affecting her for the rest of the day and night and again knock on effect into the next day. Waitress Came back with 2 wrong bills. When I offered to write down what we had had she Stropped off like a toddler. A supervisor came, totally uninterested in how the waitress had been rude. Just got the money in and us out the door. Last money I spend here. Not short of other places close by
Written October 23, 2020
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NameGoesHere
74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
We visit here about once a month and feed the pigs, wander the grounds, go down to the squirrel hide and then wander back to the cafe for a cake and cuppa.

Grounds are very well kept for a working site and they have put a lot of effort into making it a pleasant place to walk around.

Cafe is nice and the price isn't too bad. Selection of cakes, savories and sandwiches often which are usually quite tasty.

Will definitely continue visiting. Only downside is the outdoor cafe area is often very wasp heavy in late summer but not their fault!
Written November 4, 2022
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pompeygal2
Portsmouth, UK64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
We visited this place, we didn’t have much time to spare as we were due to go back home on the car ferry. This is literally just up the road from fishbone Carferry. The abbey itself is an amazing looking building and we also saw some pics which had just recently had piglets so it was great seeing them. There are lots of woodland walks and a lot that we haven’t seen.
Will definitely be returning here when we have a few more hours to spend, has a nice atmosphere which makes you feel calm.
Free parking, free entry but obviously all donations are welcome. A lovely way to spend an afternoon.
Written August 17, 2020
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Neil B
Chippenham, UK325 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This was probably our third or fourth visit to Quarr Abbey, but this time we went with friends for whom it was the first time.

We wandered around the gardens, popped into the church, went to the art exhibition (and bought a watercolour of The Needles by Dee Cooke), had a cream tea then fed the pigs.

Always a calming visit.
Written June 17, 2021
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bettybillkay
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We always pay at least one visit to Quarr Abbey when we visit the island. We find it the perfect day out. We love to walk our dog down towards Fishbourne from the Abbey car park. Then we’ll have a lovely lunch in the tea rooms (on the tables outside if we have the dog). The food is really good with a good selection of cakes too if you can still fit anything in. The staff are lovely and friendly. Then we love to browse the shops and gallery, we never come away empty handed. Finally, we always try and fit in a service in the Abbey. We sit at the back with our dog and love watching and listening to the monks worship. I also love visiting the crypt. It’s so peaceful and you can leave prayer requests or light a candle if you like. The Monks’ graveyard is also a nice place to visit, although it was completely overgrown on this visit which was a shame. Perhaps they were doing “no mow May”? On the way in and out you can see the pigs and their piglets which are obviously very cute. You can buy pig feed for them and plenty of children were doing just that. Quarr is a very restorative place, we love it and it’s well worth a visit.
Written June 14, 2022
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madanc47
Portsmouth, United Kingdom72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We like to visit Quarr Abbey on our Island visit. Each time we step out of the car we can feel the peace and serenity all around us. But the real peace comes when inside the Abbey. one feels the soul is cleansed and I feel closer to the people passed.
Written July 14, 2021
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