One of the most important early churches associated with the 6th century St Finial

As with many early monasteries, it was refounded as an Augustinian abbey in the Norman 12th century. It possesses the best collection of 13th Century coffin lids with foliate crosses, in the Province. Only one stone survives from the pre-Norman monastery; it is marked with a prayer for Dertrend or do Dertrend.

Later structures include the ruins of a 13th-century church rebuilt in the 15th-century. 

Situated one mile east of Newtownards, on the south of the B172 to Millisle.

Opening Times

  • Accessible all year round

Prices

  • Free

Contact Details

  • Address Movilla Abbey Movilla Road Newtownards Down BT23 8EZ
  • Telephone 028 9082 3207 / 028 9082 3214
  • Email Ards VIC
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