The wedding village of the peninsula
Greyabbey is known as locally as the ‘wedding village’ due to the array of businesses that cater for them. From a church to a wedding venue to a wedding dress shop, not forgetting beautiful bespoke accommodation for you and your friends, this little village really does have everything.
The origins of the village can be traced back to 1193 when Affreca the wife of John de Courcy (Anglo-Norman invader) founded the Abbey from which it takes its name. For over 800 years people have been visiting the ancient Abbey, which the village is famous for. Becoming poor and decayed in the late Middle Ages, the Abbey was dissolved in 1541 but in the early 17th century was granted to Sir Hugh Montgomery. Within the church, the nave was refurbished for parish worship until the late 18th century.
The Abbey is set in the landscaped parkland of the 18th century Rosemount House; however, visitors should note that these grounds are private. Visitors are however welcome to wander among the ruins and the lawns, where picnics are also permitted.
From high class oriental to classic pub grub, charming places to stay and quaint antique shops this village is a hidden gem.
For further information see our Greyabbey Walking Guide available here