Visitors Centre

Let us tell you the story of this holy place.

An abbey is an unusual and perhaps rather puzzling place for you to visit. Quarr Abbey Visitors Centre has been designed with this in mind. It will show you what the abbey is, what the monks who live here do, and some things for you to see and enjoy on the abbey estate.

Before the modern brick abbey was built there was a mediaeval abbey, now alas! in ruins. A visual display will tell you the turbulent story of our site. Other displays will show you the monks and explain the meaning of their life, while the “Cloister Clock” enables you to follow the monk hour by hour through his day.

The stained-glass window game allows children, both young and old, to try their hands at creating designs like those of the architect of the monastery. Finally, a short film shows you Quarr, fully alive, and records the daily routines of the monastic community. The motto of the Benedictine Order is “Peace” and we hope you experience the peace of Christ which makes our abbey a holy place.

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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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