Quarr Abbey
Quarr Abbey
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  • Peter R
    Maroochydore, Australia2,377 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 2 July 2023
  • barney513
    Jersey, United Kingdom57 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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Richard S
    Angmering, United Kingdom769 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 July 2023
  • Judith C
    Guildford, United Kingdom88 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 19 July 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 July 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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 July 2023
  • Philmex1
    Southampton, United Kingdom1,926 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 July 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 August 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 August 2023
  • George S
    Frinton-On-Sea, United Kingdom166 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 September 2023
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Edmund
Brighton, UK53 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Quarr was recommended to us by a couple we met whilst visiting another part of the island. We were watching red squirrels (endemic to the IOW) when this couple came up to us and told us that if we wanted to see lots of them we should go to Quarr.
"They're everywhere," the woman said. "You can't miss them. They even come up to you while you're eating your lunch in the café."
So we went and had coffee in said café and we didn't see a single squirrel, red or otherwise.
However, the abbey and surrounding grounds were interesting and enjoyable and we bought some nice things in the shop including some honey for friends and family and an attractive verbena which now resides in my garden.
The interior of the abbey itself was calming and very peaceful. I would have liked to stayed longer but there was a talk on at the time and we did not want to disturb.
By far the most interesting part of the visit is the medieval ruins and the information board explaining the origins of the building and its original purpose. Although this is a good 10 minutes walk away it is well worth the effort.
Apparently there are some pigs there also which are worth going to say hello to but we weren't told about these until after.

A pleasant enough half day out even if only for the shop.
Written 14 June 2024
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Kevin B
Canterbury95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
After having recovered from discovering that Osborne House would have cost £156 to enter (and we just wanted to see the gardens) we bailed out and went to Quarr Abbey. We spanked some cash (25 quid for three teas, a coffee, a hot chocolate and 4 x cake, and the sticky orange cake is a must) and raided the farm shop for goodies, and still saved well over £100, as well as having a lovely, relaxing afternoon. It’s incredibly peaceful and intimate, unlike Queen Victoria’s holiday home, reasonably priced, unlike Queen Victoria’s holiday home, and probably has better architecture.

Well worth a visit, bring the dog and allow a couple of hours.
Written 13 June 2024
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margaret h
Woking, UK128 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Free parking and a stones throw from ferry. Ideal for a walk and snack after ferry or to kill time before boarding as it’s 5 min from terminal. Pleasant garden farm shop and cafe. Gets busy but staff efficient and food looks good.
Written 10 June 2024
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margaret r
Summerville, SC21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
The church with the monks holding a service was interesting and the walk tothe ruined abbey. The pilgrim chapel was a bit creepy and felt odd. Nice shop, cafe and art gallery.
Written 27 May 2024
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sammarshall24
86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Lovely peaceful place. Lots of things to enjoy with woodland walks and animals to feed. You can see the gardens where they grow the vegetables. The medieval ruin is a bit of a trek but not too bad
Written 1 May 2024
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Josh T
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Absolutely fantastic lunch for 4 that I won in there Photography competition. I highly recommend a trip to Quarr Abbey it's a beautiful place with fantastic food and it was also lovely to see mum and her litter of piglets 🐖.
Written 23 April 2024
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cheryl N
28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Plenty of parking, free to access. Lovely area well maintained and laid out very accessible. The abbey was stunning but the ruins was a bit of trek to view from across the field. This is very close to the ferry so ideal for start or end of trip to the island
Written 12 April 2024
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N C
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Beautiful tranquil place to visit and the tea room is great. I heard about their sausage rolls and believe me it didn’t disappoint. One of the best sausage rolls I’ve ever tasted and they are huge. Also the shop has a vast array of products made but the Benedictine monks. Well worth a visit.
Written 28 March 2024
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rmwsays
Chichester, UK20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
This is a lovely spot. So peaceful that the birds are very content to be singing there. The pigs are more of a problem in their defensive oinking. Dogs seem to love being able to bark at them.

The only downer was I got there at 4pm closing time and could not get a coffee. Great view of the sea from a slope and the old Abbey remains are still just about there, despite the best efforts of Henry VIII.
Written 14 March 2024
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OnAir64046
Ryde, UK78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Nice return visit to the cafe. Cosy fire lit Friendly staff. Two cheese scones with cream cheese and a lovely chutney with hot drinks.
Written 22 January 2024
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