Full of history and atmosphere, Quarr Abbey (pronounced ‘KWAW’) is an incredible day out for all. The Abbey itself is a working monastery, home to a small number of dedicated monks who spend their days in prayer and communication with God. The Abbey also offers a visitor centre, art gallery and a gift shop selling all manner of religious literature.
Quarr Abbey has recently installed a brand new, fully equipped Changes Places style accessible bathroom, with a shower, hoist, and changing bed.
The Abbey is a stunning piece of architecture and is beautiful to look around with visitors able to view the interior of the abbey on a guided tour, or relaxing in the beautiful grounds at the island famous Tea Garden & Farm Shop. The grounds are home to numerous animals including pigs and bees, and are also used to cultivate a massive range of fauna and flora to create the gorgeous foods and products sold in the Farm Shop.
The Abbey is sadly not able to offer visitors full accessibility at this stage, for various reasons including building restrictions and geographical limitations. However, if you are a wheelchair user, do not be dissuaded from visiting but do be prepared to either bring a friend/carer with you or use an electronic chair with an additional battery. Visitors may be restricted from viewing the back interior of the Abbey as there is step access only. Quarr Abbey are looking for ways to improve accessibility and will make improvements when possible.
The Abbey is beautiful and scenery is breathtaking
The Tea Garden & Farm Shop is sublime; unique products taste out of this world and cater to many dietary requirements
The large grounds offer a day out in their own right - wide pathways make exploring the country side easy for all
A very peaceful and serene environment
Staff are very friendly and will do all they can to support any requirements you may have
The distance between the car park (and accessible parking) and the Abbey is quite long, approx. 1000m down a quiet road
The site around the Abbey is heavily gravelled which may cause issues for visitors using manual wheelchairs; it is recommended that you visit with a friend or carer or use an electric scooter/wheelchair
There are no charging points for electric scooters/wheelchairs so please ensure you bring a second fully charged battery with you
The fully accessible toilet (Changing Places style) needs a RADAR key - staff do have one but this covers the entire site. If urgency is an issue it is best to bring your own. The second smaller accessible toilet (by the cafe) does not need a RADAR key.
Due to building regulations, visitors who are 100% reliant on their wheelchair may not be able to view the rear interior of the Abbey. There are 3 or 4 high steps to enter but unfortunately the Abbey are prevented from installing a lift and there is no space for a ramp.