Quarr Abbey

Quarr Abbey, Ryde

Quarr Abbey
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Travelling_Imp_1956
Lincoln, UK669 contributions
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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ViLoWo
Cornwall, UK40 contributions
Couples
The Abbey is a most impressive building and we enjoyed looking around, and visiting the other areas of Quarr Abbey. We would visit there again when next in the area. It is wonderful that there is no admission charge. The piglets were very sweet and full of character. The farm shop was excellent and was the best place on the Isle of Wight for buying gift items both at a sensible price and which are actually made on the island. The food at the tea room was good, however there was a long wait to be able to go and order our food. In fairness, we visited just after the easing of restrictions allowing customers to eat indoors, but a better and quicker system would be to seat customers first, and then provide waitress service to the tables. Another issue is that the almost windowless chapel for private prayer at the back of the Abbey is very poorly lit and is dangerous for partially sighted people to enter, especially as there are steps inside. Whilst appreciating that the chapel needs to retain its atmosphere, and bright lights would be intrusive and inappropriate, there is a strong need to provide sufficient illumination to allow people to move around safely.
Written May 25, 2021
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Tina W
36 contributions
Friends
Lovely stop when got of the ferry ,free parking and entry.
Oh we loved feeding the pigs ,buy bags £1.20 or 2 for £2 .the tea room lunch perfect fresh banquets and salads cakes enjoyed our lunch plenty tables
Perfect place to stop off children or adults like us will.love feeding the pigs
Would return
Written May 20, 2021
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Joanne A
Truro, UK20 contributions
Couples
Frequent visitors to Quarr. Find it a beautiful calm and relaxing environment.
Plenty of free parking and no admission fees could easily take own picnic and stay all day for free.

Cafe has reasonable menu and lovely cakes beautiful outside seating on a nice day.
Can get very busy though not a very big kitchen area so can have delays in processing food orders at peak times but it’s worth the wait.

You can also join the Monks for Vespers and other services.

Gorgeous piglets and local produce sold in its farm shop.
A real gem and oasis of calm
Written July 13, 2022
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bettybillkay
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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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John G
United Kingdom646 contributions
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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Mollymaid
5 contributions
Couples
Really enjoy the Abbey and the grounds, very peaceful atmosphere.
Purchased some Quarr Abbey jam - fabulous homemade flavours!
Visited the cafe for lunch.. extremely busy even though it was nearly 2pm.
I ordered the luxury cheese scone and cream cheese and chutney.. £5.95. Very disappointed, the lonely scone was dry and if something is described as luxury one wouldn’t expect to get a small catering tub of Philadelphia cheese and a small catering tub of branstone pickle. Suggest the word luxury is removed and then the expectation of something different is not there .. the price at the moment for the description is over inflated.
I commented about the scone being dry when one of the staff brought my partners lunch (30 minutes later), only for their information. Moments later I was reimbursed, even though I hadn’t asked or expected this.
I think possibly there aren’t enough staff for the cafe, fast running out of crockery and utensils during our visit and tables with dirty dishes not cleared away. The previous occupants of our tables dirty plates etc were still there when we left over an hour later.
Written July 29, 2022
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Karen C
chessington13 contributions
Stopped here as saw it signposted on way to Steam Railway. Lovely short walk, Abbey is interesting to look at architectually, tea rooms were lovely and the history of the place fascinating. We bought pig food and we all enjoyed feeding the pigs and piglets - it was £1.20 well spent. Toilet facilities very limited so you may have to queue. Really pleased we made an impromptu stop here.
Written September 4, 2020
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lim93
Brighton, UK47 contributions
Not only is this very interesting to read and hear how it all started (there is a video playing on loop) but the monestry is breathtakingly wonderful and its sooo cool inside you can lose yourself to your thoughts whilst the monks prey.

There is also a wonderful tea rooms where everything is available from hot food to tea and scones as well and trying the beer made by the monks but watch out its was 6% so maybe buy one to take back - there is a gift shop also that does sell all what they produce plus more i.e gallery was showing mixed media art that you could buy.

But the best bit to top off this ideal day was buying some pig food and feeding the piglets and of course all the grown ups - spent half a day there and only planned for the hour!!
Written July 11, 2022
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Rooombiter
Isle of Wight, UK599 contributions
Friends
We love going to Quarr at any time of year and with family visiting there was an ideal opportunity to see the Abbey and visit the ever popular pigs.
It’s so calming to walk around the grounds, pop in the farm shop and cafe and take a peek inside the amazing brick built structure that is the abbey.
There are often artists exhibiting in one of the areas and we enjoyed viewing the works on display.
The pigs and their babies were as adorable as ever and it got us in the mood for a bacon sandwich at the cafe afterwards….just kidding…we had delicious cake :)
Written June 23, 2022
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