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Grey Abbey
Grey Abbey
Grey Abbey

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.

Opening times

Summer opening 24/06/2017 - 17/09/2017

Monday-Friday

Abbey ruins and grounds only 08:30 - 20:00

Saturday & Sunday

Abbey ruins and grounds only 10:00 - 20:00

Price list

Free

Facilities

  • Free (parking charges may apply)
  • Parking Available
  • Picnic Area
  • Guided Tours Available

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Facilities

Facilities

  • Free (parking charges may apply)
  • Parking Available
  • Picnic Area
  • Guided Tours Available
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Grey Abbey

Address
Main Street
Greyabbey
County Down
BT22 2NQ
Phone number
T: (028) 9082 3207
Email
Web Address
www.communities-ni.gov.uk/topics/historic-environment
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