Explore and Discover the fascinating history of Holywood's heritage sites

Spend the day exploring one of the borough's most venerable and vibrant communities.  Particularly famous nowadays for speciality shopping, fine food and trendy cafés, this affluent town has a wealth of well-tended parks and heritage attractions.  

Holywood Maypole
Holywood, BT18 9AB
At the intersection of High St and Shore St, Holywood
Look up and wonder why it is believed to have originated from 1700, the year a Dutch ship ran aground nearby.  The crew erected the broken mast in appreciation of the help given.  The 70ft mast has been replaced often but it is still the focus of May Day celebrations.  

Holywood Priory
High Street, at the corner of Bangor Road, Holywood, BT18 9AD
Experience our rich ecclesiastical heritage at the Old Priory, which has remains dating back to the 13th century.  It was the town’s parish church from 1615 to 1844.  In the churchyard are buried Robert Lloyd Praeger, the renowned naturalist and his sculptor sister Rosamund whose bronze statue “Johnny the Jig” stands in front of the children’s playground in High Street.

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  • Accessible all year round


  • Free

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