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Grey Abbey, Portaferry

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Grey Abbey is a ruined Cistercian priory in the village of Greyabbey, County Down, Northern Ireland, currently maintained by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. It is a monument in state care in the townland of Rosemount, beside the Rosemount estate, on the eastern edge of the village of Greyabbey in the Borough of Ards, at grid ref: J5829 6810.HistoryGrey Abbey was founded in 1193, by John de Courcy's wife, Affreca (daughter of Godred Olafsson, King of the Isles), as a daughter house of Holmcultram Abbey in Cumbria. It had declined by the late Middle Ages and was dissolved in 1541. It was burnt out by Brian O'Neill in 1572. It was granted to Sir Hugh Montgomery who re-roofed the abbey in 1626 and refurbished it for use as a parish church. It was used until 1778.
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TripAdvisor
  • Well worth a visit to enjoy the architecture and savour the atmosphere of this Christian site. Very well preserved and is a great example of a Gothic designed abbey. Medieval life actually comes to li...  more »
  • Grey Abbey was the last of several stops during an all-day tour when our cruise ship was in port at Belfast. Even tho we'd spent much of the day touring churches, cathedrals & towns where St. Patrick ...  more »
  • During a recent British Isles cruise our first stop was in the port servicing Belfast, Northern Ireland. We picked a scenic drive which included a visit to the famous Grey Abbey. This was simply wonde...  more »
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  • Superb place to visit. Really helpful information centre. Actually, quite a moving place to spend time in when you reflect on its history. Well worth a visit!
  • It looks like a very impressive place to visit. I was very disappointed to have arranged a family day out with friends only to find when we got there the entrance gates were closed even though it was advertised as open on the website. Definitely not a good advertisement for tourism for Northern Ireland and particularly over the Easter holidays.
  • spectacular ruins