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Grey Abbey

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Informations about Grey Abbey

Location in Ireland Ireland County: County Down (Northern Ireland)
Location :
Address : on the Ards Peninsula, in the village of Grey Abbey.

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The Grey Abbey is a Cistercian abbey in Northern Ireland, built in 1193. Today in ruins, it is located in the village of the same name, and is one of the most beautiful remains of the Ards Peninsula. A free site, which should seduce lovers of stones steeped in history…

Visit the Grey Abbey

A 12th century building

The story goes that Grey Abbey was founded by Affreca, daughter of Godred – King of the Kingdom of Man and the Islands. Legend has it that Affreca decided to erect the building after surviving a terrible shipwreck, which brought it to the Ards Peninsula.

The Grey Abbey is located at the exit of the village, on the road to Ballywalter, on the estate of Rosemount House. Access is free, and a small car park and a footpath will allow you to reach the site without too much difficulty.

The abbey is in fairly good condition, and whole sections of it are still standing, so you can easily guess its initial state. The corner is silent, and carries an indescribable charm, with its vaults, its reinforcements, and the traces of old foundations.

Note that the site was renovated during the Middle Ages before finally being abandoned in the 18th century. This explains the multitude of improvements, some of which date from the 12th to the 16th century…

Do not hesitate to admire also the small cemetery of the abbey: this last one offers a most authentic spectacle, with its Celtic crosses and its tombstones scattered in an anarchic way…

Practical informations

Adresse Address: on the Ards Peninsula, in the village of Grey Abbey.
Location: (County Down)

GPS coordinatesGPS : 54.535418,-5.560051

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