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Key Christian Heritage sites
  1. External building of museum with adjoining Town Hall building in background
    Visit North Down Museum to explore the fascinating saga of the North Down area from the Bronze Age to the present day. The Museum takes you on a journey through Early Christian heritage and the Vikings to Scottish Settlers and the Victorians.
    1. a photograph of the exterior of old church ruins
      Grey Abbey, a Cistercian Abbey church and its living quarters were founded in 1193 by Affreca wife of John de Courcy, the Anglo-Norman invader of East Ulster.
      1. Photograph of the Movilla Abbey, grave stones and ruins
        Movilla Abbey, Methodist and Church of Ireland. As important as Bangor, Movilla was associated with Saint Finian of the 6th-century. As with many early monasteries, it was refounded as an Augustinian abbey in the Norman 12th century.
        1. Photograph of Nendrum Monastic site at sunset. Vibrant colours of purples and pinks loom over the ruins
          Nendrum is thought to have been set up by St Machaoi in the 5th Century and also has links to St Patrick in later sources. The monastery consists of 3 round dry stone walled enclosures, one within the other.
          1. Image of the front of Bangor Abbey on a bright sunny day
            Founded in 558AD the main body of the building dates from 1830's, the tower from 15th century and steeple dates around 1693. Interesting gravestones include a memorial to the assistant surgeon of the Titanic, local man John Edward Simpson.
            1. View from the Coastal Path from Stricklands Glen direction coming into Bangor town
              An enchanting park leading onto the North Down Coastal Path.
              1. a photograph of a water fountain in the bangor walled garden surrounded by metal arches and colourful flowers
                It is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. Varieties of flowers, plants, fruit and vegetables mix with sculptures and a unique fountain with a tongue twister! We are thrilled that the Walled Garden is now open all year round (except on particular holidays). Please see opening hours.
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              2. A photo of the alter at St Cooey's wells
                the church at St Cooey’s Wells is thought to date from the 7th century but only the foundation stones now remain. The Washing, Eye and Drinking wells in this peaceful, wooded dell are reputed to have healing powers.
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