Nendrum Monastic Site

Part of the Saint Patrick's Trail
Nendrum is thought to have been set up by St Machaoi in the 5th Century and also has links to St Patrick in later sources. The monastery consists of 3 round dry stone walled enclosures, one within the other. There is evidence of industrial works in the outer enclosure; a central enclosure with a church ruin and sundial, the remains of a round tower and a graveyard. The middle enclosure has the remains of huts and workshops. It is thought to be the best example of a pre-Norman monastic site in NI.

There is a visitor centre which houses interactive and graphic displays, models, artefacts and videos. The site is not suitable for disabled access.

No unaccompanied children under the age of 16.
NB. As we do not have exact location information, this is a map of the local area.

Opening times:


12:00 - 16:00 Sunday Only (1st Sept 2014 to 31 Mar 2015)


Admission Free.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Newtownards / Ards Visitor Information Centre

Location / Directions

From Belfast take A20 towards Newtownards to the A22 towards Comber, straight through Comber and follow signs for Mahee Island.
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Contact Details

Mahee Island
Ringneill Road
BT23 6EP

Tel: (028) 9054 3037