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Inch Abbey, Downpatrick
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Inch Abbey is a large, ruined monastic site 0.75 miles north-west of Downpatrick, County Down, Northern Ireland, on the north bank of the River Quoile in a hollow between two drumlins and featuring early Gothic architecture. The site is mostly in State Care and is at grid ref: J477455, off the main road to Belfast.Pre-Norman siteThe site was originally on an island in the Quoile Marshes. The pre-Norman Celtic monastic settlement here, known as Inis Cumhscraigh, was in existence by the year 800. In 1002 it was plundered by the Vikings led by Sitric, King of the Danes, who came up the Quoile with a fleet from the sea. The Vikings plundered the settlement again in 1149. Its large earthwork enclosure has been traced from aerial photographs. On the ground, the early bank and ditch can be followed along the line of trees on the eastern boundary of the site, and partly along the western boundary. The buildings of the early monastery would have been made of timber.Norman EstablishmentInch Abbey was established as a Cistercian house by John de Courcy and his wife Affrica. Inch, or Iniscourcy, was erected as an act of repentance for the destruction of the Abbey at Erinagh (or Erenagh) (3 miles (4.8 km) to the south) by de Courcy in 1177. It was colonised directly by monks from Furness Abbey in Lancashire in 1180, along with some of the monks from Erinagh. The Cistercian monastery was located near to the river in the southern area of the Early Christian earthwork enclosure.To visit Inch Abbey and get the most from your holiday in Downpatrick, create itinerary details personal to you using our Downpatrick trip itinerary maker.
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We visited the 12th-13th century ruins of Inch Abbey after spending much of the day at Castle Ward. Both locations were chosen because we have Game of Thrones fans in the family. Castle Ward was a bit... read more »
This is a remarkable location steeped in history.There are not many places where you can achieve such a degree of tranquillity.
We visited Inch Abbey on a beautiful day it's such a peaceful place, that is until the Game of Thrones tours turn up, we had no idea it was used in the show but was interesting to watch the many peopl... read more »
Inch Abbey Robb's Camp After learning of Ned's death, Catelyn and Robb comfort each other in episode #110 "Fire and Blood". Tollymore Forest Park to Inch Abbey Your quest begins in Tollymore Forest Park in County Down. Just a beautiful park? Far from it. How could we forget the scene with the three Night’s Watch men riding into the Haunted Forest and falling foul of a dreaded White Walker?
One of my favourite places in County Down. So tranquil and peaceful.
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