Gardens and Grounds

Quarr Abbey is situated within 200 beautiful acres of pasture, woodlands, coastline and formal gardens.

The Abbey’s popular tea shop is nestled at the centre of this pretty area within the original Quarr Abbey House walled garden.

Visitors are more than welcome to visit our woodland walk and wildlife hide. Follow the trail, past the old Abbey ruins as it meanders through beautiful woodland. You may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the native red squirrel. 

To get a little more ‘up close’ to nature, we have created a hide with viewing area. Quarr Explorers Kits are also available to borrow to really make the most of the trail. Kits contain binoculars, bug pot and activity cards to help get everyone involved. 

Always a hit with visitors, our resident pigs are located near to the entrance and have a path that encircles the entire pen, meaning you can get a look at them from every angle. The wildflower meadow has been created to provide a pollen and nectar source for our many bee hives. 

The estate also extends into the private ‘enclosure’. This is an area where Monks can enjoy the surroundings and their home. This land is also of national importance due to the vast array of species of flora and fauna that reside here. The estate has several conservation designations to help protect the local environment, these include Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC), Scheduled Ancient Monuments (SAM), Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and RAMSAR (a wetland designation).

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Your generosity helps preserve Quarr for future generations...

Welcome to the Abbey of Our Lady of Quarr, a monastery on the Isle of Wight, just off the south coast of England. It 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.

Quarr Abbey is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Visitors are welcome to attend worship in the Abbey Church. You can visit our gardens, take refreshment in our Tea Shop and find out about the monastery in our Visitor Centre. The Farm Shop offers home grown produce and the Monastery Shop religious articles, books and souvenirs. There is a new exhibition of the work of local artists every week in the gallery.

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