Friends of the Abbey

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Greyabbey & District Community Association

“Friends of the Abbey” is an initiative of Greyabbey & District Community Association and came into existence in 2015 to assist in keeping our historic Abbey & Physic Garden open. We have around 20 volunteers (many with World Host training) who have an unrivalled enthusiasm for local history and a pride in our Abbey. Our Physic Garden which was reconstructed by the Department of Communities, offers an insight into medieval medicine and also the folklore surrounding many of the herbs

Our volunteers now offer fully guided tours of the Abbey and Gardens as well as looking after the Physic Garden and surrounds. During 2015 we have welcomed visitors from all over the globe with many paying a first visit to their ancestral homes. We have involved local primary school children in their first attempts at gardening and their first crop of pumpkins, grown in the kitchen garden, adorned many of the harvest festivals held last autumn.

Friends of the Abbey Volunteers

Some of the ‘FOA’ Volunteers

Interactive displays in Grey Abbey Exhibition Centre

Interactive displays in Grey Abbey Exhibition Centre

During 2017 we will be opening the Visitor Centre on many more days and offering guided tours to pre-booked groups of 10 or more. So if you would like to discover how a woman founded Grey Abbey, how the Cistercian monks lived and worshipped 800 years ago and visit our Physic Garden, why not drop in and see – we guarantee a warm welcome to all. Refreshments, before or after your visit, can be found only a short stroll away in our village coffee shops and restaurants.

How the 'flying' arches were built in the 10th century. Grey Abbey Exhibition Centre

How the ‘flying’ arches were built in the 10th century. Grey Abbey Exhibition Centre