Movilla Abbey

Part of the Saint Patrick's Trail
Movilla Abbey, Methodist and Church of Ireland.

As important as Bangor, Movilla was associated with Saint Finian of the 6th-century. As with many early monasteries, it was refounded as an Augustinian abbey in the Norman 12th century. It possesses the best collection of 13th Century coffin lids with foliate lids, in the Province. Only one stone survives from the pre-Norman monastery; it is marked with a prayer for Dertrend or "dodertrend."

Later structures include the ruins of a 13th-century church rebuilt in the 15th-century.

Situated one mile east of Newtownards, on the south of the B172 to Millisle.
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.

Opening times:

Access all year round.


Admission free

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Newtownards / Ards Visitor Information Centre

Location / Directions

Located 1 mile east of Newtownards on the Movilla Road leading to Millisle
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