Pigs at Quarr Abbey

Quarr Abbey is a great place to visit for its peaceful gardens, art gallery and lovely tea shop.

Quarr Abbey has very productive gardens, vegetables plots and an orchard with over two hundred trees. The monks also keep pigs, which live in several enclosures with a path around the perimeter. It’s easy to spot the pigs in their sties. They have plenty of space to muck about, but you’re more likely to see the older pigs having a mud or dust bath. There are often piglets too, running around and squeaking.

You can buy ‘pig nuts’ in the tea garden cafe with which to feed the pigs – but don’t put your fingers close to their hungry mouths.