Quarr Abbey, Ryde, Isle of Wight
Situated just outside of Ryde, 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.
New this summer
Quarr Abbey will be introducing its own Visitor & Exhibition Centre as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund Project. A great opportunity for visitors to learn about the life and the history of the Benedictine monks at Quarr Abbey. A woodland walk will provide outdoor learning and discovery for families and allow children to investigate the natural world with explorer kits. There will also be newly landscaped grounds which will include improved visitor access, car parking, and an orchard area.
Located in Quarr Abbey’s serene and beautiful surroundings of the walled gardens, you will discover the popular licensed teashop. The tea shop also offers a wide range of sandwiches, soup, paninis and daily specials that make the most of Quarr Abbeys own allotment-grown produce. Or for those with a sweet tooth then there is a large selection of scrumptious cakes and cream teas available every day. Perfect to accompany a speciality coffee made using Quarr’s own special blend of roasted coffee beans.
Adjacent to the teashop is the stylish farm shop where you can browse through a variety of local products. There is also the opportunity to buy Quarr Abbey’s own brand of jams, chutneys, honey, coffee and pork products. Quarr Abbey is also proud to introduce their very own traditional Abbey Ale, Still and Sparkling Cider and Apple Juice. Another favourite for families visiting is Quarr Abbey’s own resident pigs. Bags of pig food (cake) are available to buy in the farm shop for anyone who wants to give them a treat. Also available outside the teashop is their own allotment grown fruit and vegetables that support local charities through the land usage scheme.?
As part of the many interests, browse and enjoy the art gallery where local artists display their artwork 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, tours are available on the first Tuesday of every month, and every Tuesday in July and August at 11.00am.
FREE ADMISSION & CAR PARK
Open 7 days a week (except Good Friday)
Weekdays 10.00am-4.00pm, Sundays 11.15am-4.00pm.
Tea shop: 01983 898543 or General Enquiries 01983 882420