A Peaceful Retreat

Presented by Quarr Abbey

Offering gorgeous grounds, natural produce and regular church services, a trip to this working Benedictine monastery is a true tonic

In today’s hectic, technology-driven culture, the chance to switch off and experience a day of true peace is rare. That’s part of what makes Quarr Abbey so special. As an authentic working Benedictine monastery, this unique location is home to a community of monks who have dedicated their lives to God, prayer, spirituality and quiet contemplation, but also welcome visitors looking to experience a taste of tranquility. 

Nestled between Ryde and Wootton on the northern coast of the Isle of Wight, Quarr Abbey features beautiful grounds with a number of public-facing areas to explore. The church is open throughout the day, inviting visitors to sit in on the regular services, while within the walled garden, the teashop is a popular destination with plenty of outdoor seating. Cakes, cream teas and freshly-made baguettes can all be found on the menu, alongside delicious daily specials crafted with produce grown organically on-site.  

Further produce can be found in the farm shop, alongside plants, locally-made gifts and the abbey’s own range of sumptuous jams and chutneys. There is also an art gallery displaying works from a number of island artists, as well as a monastery shop offering a range of religious tomes, children’s books and devotional items. Those interested in the life and history of Quarr Abbey should make a stop at the informative visitor’s centre, while animal fans will delight at the opportunity to treat the abbey’s resident pigs with specially-made feed. 

During the summer months, Quarr Abbey is open from 10am – 5pm Monday to Saturday and 11.am – 5pm on Sunday, while winter visits can be enjoyed 10am – 4pm Monday to Saturday and 11.15am to 5pm on Sunday. They have a free car park on site, but donations are very welcome as they are a charity. For more information, visit www.quarrabbey.org