Friends of The Abbey

Sharing the history & culture of Grey Abbey, Co. Down

About Grey Abbey

Welcome to Grey Abbey and its Friends,

a Cistercian monastery founded in 1193.

This historic building dating from 1193 is one of Ireland’s most impressive examples of early gothic architecture. The remains of the Abbey situated in beautiful parkland on the outskirts of our village is in the care of the Historic Environment Division of the Department of Communities.

‘Friends of the Abbey’ was formed in 2015 and assists the DfC to keep our historic Abbey & Physic Garden open for the public to enjoy.  Our volunteers offer information and guided tours which are complimented by an interactive exhibition centre offering information on how the Abbey was built, the monks’ life and their impact on the surrounding area.”

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Friends of the Abbey volunteers

We're guides, gardeners & guilty of having a good chat!

Can you help 3 hours a month?

Our volunteers.

“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.

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Abbey History

The Abbey and it's grounds offer a fantastaic place to walk, play and learn. Below our featured articles from our various blog feeds.

High Alter

High Alter

High Alter

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Rosemount House is built with close to the Abbey

Rosemount House is built with close to the Abbey

Rosemount House is built with close to the Abbey

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Our Physic Garden

As part of our abbey display we have a 'physic' garden stocked with what may have been in use. We've highlighed a couple here.

Hyssop

for indigestion, flatulence, coughs and sore throats

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Valerian

used in spells & potions, a good luck charm, cure for wounds, plague, headache

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Our Work

The Abbey and it's grounds offer a fantastaic place to walk, play and learn. Below our featured articles from our various blog feeds.

Volunteer

Can you offer 3 hours per month?

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Our Work

The Abbey and it's grounds offer a fantastaic place to walk, play and learn. Below our featured articles from our various blog feeds.

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