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Published July 25th 2018
Watch out for the pigs
Set near the coast between Newport and Ryde, you'll find this 19th Century Church and grounds. Depending on which ferry you take to the island, it's possible you may already have spotted it. If you've taken the car ferry to Fishbourne, it can be seen among the trees.

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Quarr Abbey

Commissioned by the monks of Solesmes, who had come over from France in 1901 and then decided to have it built in 1907 when they bought Quarr Abbey House. It lies next to the ruins of the ancient Quarr Abbey that had been demolished under the orders of King Henry VIII in the 16th Century.

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Abbey Grounds

Within the grounds of the estate, you can visit the current Church and most of the surrounding area, Though some parts are private, there is a nice shady woodland walk that's perfect when visiting on a hot day and the ruins of the original Abbey can also be seen. There are several large pig enclosures that are located near the main car park entrance. We found that signage in the area is poor so at times you may have to guess as to whether or not you're going in the right direction.

Up by the visitor's centre, there is a room where local artists are able to display their work and for those looking for a place to stay, they also have accommodation available.

There's a cafe that sells hot food and drinks and there are plenty of places to sit and relax

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Woodland Walk

You can park and visit for free, so if you are looking for something to do for a few hours that doesn't cost or just a place to relax, this is a good option.

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Pig enclosure

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Why? To relax in a tranquil environment
When: All year round
Phone: 44 (0) 1983 882420
Where: Quarr Abbey Ryde Isle of Wight PO33 4ES
Cost: FREE
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