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North Down (Full Day Itinerary)

Holywood Priory
Dates back to 12th century. The site was founded by Saint Lasseran in 7th Century but the present ruins are 12 century Angol Norman.

North Down Museum
(tour takes 1.5 hours)
The museum has a number of very strong connections with the early Christian period in Ireland. It also has in its collection: the Bangor Bell, a bronze bell over 1200 years old and a copy of the Bangor Antiphonary. This book was written in Bangor and carried to a Monastery in Bobbio founded by Saint Columbanus. The original is now held at the Museum in Milan.

Lunch - At North Down Museum or alternative in Bangor

Bangor Abbey
The foundations stone of European Christianity. Saint Comgall founded the abbey in 559 and it grew to become one of the most important seats of learning in Ireland. Saint Columbanus and Gall travelled through Europe and set up monasteries in Luxeil, Bobbio and Switzerland. Following Viking raids the abbey fell into disprepair and was partially restored in 12th Century by Saint Malachy who was an abbot in Bangor.

First Bangor Presbyterian Church
The church is a fine example of a traditional Presbyterian Meeting House. Built in 1831, it is the fourth building occupied by the congregation. The towns’ first Presbyterian clergyman was Robert Blair, a fiery reforming cleric. He came from Scotland in 1623 to minister local Scottish settlers who came in the early 1600’s.

Grey Abbey
Founded in 1193 by Affreca daughter of King Godred of the Isle of Man and wife of John De Courcy. At this ruin you will find herb garden attached which the monks would have used for medicine.

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Downpatrick (Full Day Itinerary)

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Saint Patrick Centre
Discover Saint Patrick, his life, confession and legacy (2 hours)

Lunch - At the Saint Patrick Centre or alternative in Downpatrick.

Down Cathedral & Saint Patrick's Grave
This has been a place of Christian prayer and worship since the fifth century and is one of the holiest sites in Ireland.

Down County Museum
A visit to Down County Museum and you will find early Christianity artefacts and local history (1.5 hours)

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Down Cathedral & Saint Patrick's Grave
This has been a place of Christian prayer and worship since the fifth century and is one of the holiest sites in Ireland.

Lunch - At the Saint Patrick Centre or alternative in Downpatrick.

Saul Church
First ecclesiastical sites of Saint Patrick’s mission to the Gael. The area is steeped in Irish and Christian history and it is noted that Christianity developed there under Saint Patrick’s teachings when he plucked a shamrock from the fertile soil and explained the Holy Trinity through its three leaves.

Slieve Patrick
Saint Patrick is supposed to have bathed in the waters and blessed the wells which today it is said have the ability to cure eye problems.

Inch Abbey
This Abbey was built by John de Courcy he commissioned one of the monks called Jocelin to write the ‘Life of Saint Patrick’.

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