Grey Abbey

Part of the Saint Patrick's Trail
Along with Inch Abbey, Greyabbey is the best example of Anglo-Norman Cistercian architecture in Ulster and was the daughter house of Holm Cultram (Cumbria). It was founded in 1193 by Affreca, wife of John de Courcy, the Anglo-Norman invader of East Ulster. Poor and decayed in the late Middle Ages, the abbey was dissolved in 1541 but in the early 17th century was granted to Sir Hugh Montgomery and the nave was refurbished for parish worship until the late 18th century. The remains, in the beautiful parkland setting of the nearby grand house of Rosemount, consist of the church with cloister and surrounding buildings to the south.

There is a small visitor centre with displays at the entrance and a reconstructed ‘medieval’ physic (herb) garden.

There is pedestrian and wheelchair access from the car park to the visitor centre, herb garden and abbey church. Gravel paths and grass areas may make some parts of the site inaccessible to some users.

No unaccompanied children under the age of 16.
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.

Prices:

Admission Free.

Opening times:

2nd July - 2nd October 2016

Mon - Fri 08:30 - 20:00
Sat & Sun 10:00 - 20:00

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Portaferry Visitor Information Centre

Location / Directions

Situated on the east side of the village of Greyabbey, on main A2 Portaferry Road.
  • Guided Tours Available
  • Picnic Area
  • Parking Available
  • Free (parking charges may apply)
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Contact Details

Main Street
Greyabbey
County Down
BT22 2NQ

Website:
www.communities-ni.gov.uk/topics/historic-environment
Email:
scmenquiries@communities-ni.gov.uk
Tel: (028) 9082 3207
Alt: (028) 9082 3214