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Beautiful place with lots of info

My friend and I spent a bit over an hour here exploring the graveyard and Abbey. There are lots of... read more

Reviewed November 5, 2018
Canton, Illinois
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Beautiful Ruined Abbey

We had the good fortune of going when it was technically "closed", but the gates were open and... read more

Reviewed August 7, 2018
Nicole B
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed November 5, 2018 via mobile

My friend and I spent a bit over an hour here exploring the graveyard and Abbey. There are lots of signs around the Abbey explaining what your are looking at with illustrations of what it would have looked like in the past. We found it...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed August 7, 2018

We had the good fortune of going when it was technically "closed", but the gates were open and therefore free to roam the place by ourselves. The abbey is in great shape, and good signage follows around the main buildings. There is also an impressive...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Nicole B
Reviewed February 10, 2018

The Abbey ruins are well worth a visit, we were there on a sunny day in February, no one else around, visitor centre was closed, I believe it is possible to get recorded messages but we really enjoyed our visit non the less. The old...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank jean M
Reviewed October 23, 2017

This village makes a most interesting half-day visit. The abbey is quiet and oozes history. Nest door is a medicinal herb garden filled with plants with explanations of how they are / were used for medicinal reasons. The village has several good antique shops, coffee...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank Elskan
Reviewed September 16, 2017

The abbey is on the Ards Peninsula, opposite Portaferry, actually. It's about 8 kilometres from Newtonards. Having said that, it's a beautiful monastic abbey ruin with several high crosses and in the cemetery. Worth a visit.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank NHjo
Reviewed August 10, 2017

We stopped here on our bus tour after leaving Belfast. This was an outstanding place to visit and walk around. The old abbey and site is impressive !! The graveyard is one of those sites that is more than captivating to say the least. Found...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed July 10, 2017 via mobile

We stopped here for lunch at the Wildfowler on way to Portaferry. We had a lovely time browsing in the antique shops and antique laneway. We also found a nice little gift shop at 'No:14', which stocks some unusual and good quality items. A lovely...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank EleanorA128
Reviewed June 30, 2017 via mobile

If you love old buildings this is impressive. A very old monastic building dating from the early part of the first century. The graveyard is my favourite. Graves from the late 1600s. This was the place where sailors lost at sea in the western stretches...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank DLP555
Reviewed June 18, 2017

Driving north along the eastern shore of the Strangford Lough, we made our first stop Grey Abbey. Ireland is so dotted with abbeys that we were tempted to give this one a pass, but we were glad we didn’t. Managed by the Northern Ireland Environmental...More

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank Sandy S
Reviewed May 28, 2017

This is a quiet and relaxing corner of Greyabbey with easy access for cars. There is considerable history attached to the ruined abbey and the Montgomery family who dominated the area. Great for a day out particularly with a picnic hamper and dogs are welcome...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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April 22, 2017|
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Response from linmcclin |
Yes.. We take our dogs there frequently
October 9, 2016|
Response from Jan P | Reviewed this property |
Only just picked this up. I really don't know.
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Response from GillianR986 | Reviewed this property |
Haven't been to the ruins, but if you want a walk around the town (lots of antique shops), u need to pick your day carefully as most of the shops are only opened on part time basis!!! Think they are generally closed on a... More