Grey Abbey

Grey Abbey, Portaferry

Points of Interest & Landmarks • Historic Walking Areas • Religious Sites
Saturday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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malcsaville
Stroud, UK1,034 contributions
Mystical morning visit
Oct 2021 • Couples
Had the place to ourselves and the visitors centre was closed, but the atmosphere was magical in the early morning. The Montgomery family feature largely on the relatively recent wall plaques. An interesting history to the abbey.
Written October 6, 2021
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rftu
Newry, UK975 contributions
Interesting & quaint village
May 2021
Nice village. Good medieval ruins.. Some quaint bars, restaurants and takeaways.
Great sea shore parking & picnic area on the fringes on the Portaferry road
Written May 13, 2021
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PaulaPineapple
Bangor, UK18 contributions
Rainy but beautiful
Nov 2019 • Family
Greyabbey is small but perfectly formed. A really beautiful and interesting spot, its a pity they don't have a bit more information on monks and life at the abbey.
Written November 23, 2019
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dinerdon
Bayville, NJ886 contributions
Eeire and beautiful
Oct 2019
Was not expecting much when we signed up to visit here, but it turned out to be an excellent tour. Peaceful and serene, it gave a great insight into the past and the religious history of Ireland. Well worth a visit and a guide added a lot to the understanding of this place. Great photo op.
Written October 22, 2019
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TravelingMac60
Regina, Canada1,103 contributions
Must Visit
May 2019
If you enjoy ancient ruins and history you must visit Grey Abbey! This Cistercian monastery dating from 1192 is architecturally important as the first fully gothic building in Northern Ireland. It was originally known as lugem or the Yoke of God and was founded by Affreca, wife of the Anglo-Norman invader, John de Courcy. It is the only Cistercian monastery in Ireland known to have been founded by a woman, traditionally in thanksgiving for her safe landing after a storm at sea. Over the centuries the abbey was pillaged and burned until the land and buildings were granted to the Scottish adventurer Sir Hugh Montgomery in 1607. They reroofed the nave and used it as a parish church until 1778. It was given to the care of the state in 1907. The Northern Ireland Environment Agency cares for some 190 monuments spread across Northern Ireland. You must see these well preserved ruins!
Written August 31, 2019
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gazalondon2017
Greater London, UK517 contributions
Beautiful and peaceful
Jul 2019 • Solo
Amazing that so much of this monastery stands from 1193. Very peaceful lots of history and a very please t way to spend a few hours in the afternoon.
Written July 26, 2019
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Ana L
Navan, Ireland2,698 contributions
Beautiful Cistercian Abbey
Jul 2019 • Couples
This abbey had a huge importance in the past, and it is in very good shape, with some unique features on the doors, in Gothic style.
Written July 24, 2019
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Transalpers
21 contributions
Beautiful place to visit hidden local gem
Jul 2019 • Couples
Cycled here and was surprised to view how well presented this historic place is. We had not been at the Abbey for several years. A very informative trip and staff were very helpful sharing their knowledge. Grear spot for a picnic. Beautiful trees, plants etc
Written July 18, 2019
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Sandra K
Dallas, TX426 contributions
Cistercian Grey Abbey in the Steps of St. Patrick
Jun 2019 • Business
Grey Abbey is a Cistercian abbey monastery beginning in 1193. It was our first stop on the trail to Saint Patrick in northern Ireland near Belfast. Grey Abbey was founded by Affrica de Courcy, the daughter of Godred Olafsson, King of the Isles. She is known for religious patronage in northern Ireland. She was wealthy because her father ruled the island of Ireland. She married Courcy who built her a castle. He ruled the lands for a quarter of a century which gave them peace. The marriage took place in 1180. The Abbey felt like a special place in history.
Written July 10, 2019
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Fiona T
Portaferry, UK69 contributions
Unique
Nov 2018 • Friends
This is a hidden gem, the history of the abbey is romantic and wonderful. We spent a lot of time looking at the tomb stones...There is a peaceful atmosphere, will return to explore the herb garden...The village is crammed with antique shops and tasty places to dine.
Written June 5, 2019
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  • Sat - Sun 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM