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The Abbey ruins are well worth a visit, we were there on a sunny day in February, no one else... read more

Reviewed February 10, 2018
jean M
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craigavon
Ancient Abbey ruins, Antique shops, Good restaurants, Beautiful character

This village makes a most interesting half-day visit. The abbey is quiet and oozes history. Nest... read more

Reviewed October 23, 2017
Elskan
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Strangford, United Kingdom
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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

Thank jean M
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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

Thank Elskan
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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.

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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

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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

Thank Eleanor A
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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

Thank DLP555
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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

Thank Sandy S
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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

Thank Billy M
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Reviewed May 8, 2017 via mobile

Quite hard to find beside the church community centre. A small private car park and free admission to interesting and we'll displayed abbey ruins with lots of grass for kids to run around and enjoy themselves.

Thank Alastair W
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Reviewed April 16, 2017

Spent an interesting couple of hours walking around and reading about its history. In a beautiful setting and a lovely village.

Thank Rob F
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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
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