Quarr Abbey

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. A new Visitor Centre designed by the monks at Quarr Abbey has been opened to provide an inspiring and informative introduction to the monastic way of life and the beautiful, historic estate where they live. The Visitor Centre displays an introductory film to provide a thought provoking insight into the Benedictine tradition, which stretches back over 1500 years. It reveals the history of Quarr Abbey and highlights the special nature of a site that is a haven for rare wildlife and plants. Generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Visitor Centre is part of a bigger development project to repair the Abbey church, stabilise the medieval ruins and provide greater volunteering opportunities. The project will see the creation of a new orchard, woodland walk, wildlife hide and outdoor learning packs for families. Located in Quarr Abbey’s serene and beautiful surroundings of the walled gardens, you will discover the popular licensed teashop, Art Gallery, Monastery Shop. There is also a farm shop which offers a variety of local Island products along with Quarr Abbey’s own unique range of goodies including Quarr Abbey Ale, Apple Cider & Juice, Jams, chutneys and honey, also fruit and vegetables from the allotments.

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