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Grey Abbey Physic Garden
Grey Abbey Phsic Gardens 1
Grey Abbey Phsic Gardens 2

In medieval Ireland, abbeys had their own gardens such as orchards, kitchen gardens and sometimes a physic garden. Filled with plants which were useful in one way or another in the treatment of illness, the physic garden was a valuable asset to a monastery infirmary.

As no visual records of these gardens remain, the new physic garden at the 12th century Cistercian monastery of Grey Abbey is a notional reconstruction based on much general research on gardens of its period.

Small beds, enabling the precious medicinal plants to be cultivated and cropped from all sides, are assembled into a simple but elegant design. An instructive Department of the Environment leaflet helps the visitor identify each plant and describes its medicinal use.

Opening times

From 1st September 2014:

12:00 - 16:00 Sunday only

2015 spring /summer opening times will be published closer to the time.

Facilities

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

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Facilities

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

Address
Church Street
Greyabbey
County Down
BT22 2NQ
Phone number
T: (028) 9181 1491
Email
Web Address
www.doeni.gov.uk/niea
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