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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.
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  • There are only ruins of the inch Abbey, but they leave an impression. Everywhere attached boards, are very useful to the understanding of the location and the historical events which makes the story of inch Abbey monastery life but also understood.
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  • We journeyed on the Downpatrick and Country Railway to Inch Abbey. The abbey is steeped in history and a great monument to the Gothic architecture. Even if you did not enjoy visiting the Abbey, the sc...  more »
  • We visited here based on the GOT connection. The abbey is worthy of a stop. Although I am sure anyone would enjoy a walk around these ruins. Also the scenery behind the abbey is really nice. 
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  • 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?
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  • One of my favourite places in County Down. So tranquil and peaceful.
  • !Beautiful place
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