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Gothic Abbey & Physic Garden Tour - Experience AND 2024

Tour departs on foot from Grey Abbey ruins , Main Street, Greyabbey, County Down, BT22 2NQ
Greyabbey Physic Garden with Abbey in background


Part of Experience Ards and North Down 2024. Click here to see the full programme. 


This is a truly unique tour, an opportunity to learn how herbs and plants have been used medicinally for centuries to present day.

Step back to 1193 with tour guide Steve of Friends of the Abbey, as you enter one of Ireland's most impressive examples of early Cistercian architecture, Grey Abbey. Explore the physic garden of herbs and plants grown by the Cistercians to produce medicines. 

Things to note
Tour departs on foot from Grey Abbey ruins, Main Street, Greyabbey, BT22 2NQ.

No concessions.

Under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult and also purchase a full price ticket
This experience is based outdoors, please dress for warmth and comfort as dictated by the weather.

Tickets close 24 hrs before activity.

Getting there

By Car: Belfast follow the A20 to Newtownards. Follow the A20 along Kempe Stones Road to Newtownards.  At the roundabout take the 3rd exit along Blair Mayne Road South.  Continue to follow the A20 onto the Portaferry Road. Follow along the Portaferry Road A20 to Main St in Greyabbey, turn left in the middle of the village at the small roundabout and then right at the crossroads.  Grey Abbey Ruins are now in sight and the carpark is ahead of you. BT22 2NQ

By Bus: See Translink NI website for bus departure and arrival times.

Tour covers uneven ground. Please wear appropriate footwear. This experience may not be suitable for wheelchair users / those with mobility issues - Please contact the Visitor Information Centre for more information.


Where practicable providers within the Experience Programme will aim to accommodate carers and be as inclusive as possible. With such a diverse range of activities, operated by a number of providers, it is necessary for this to be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Please contact Bangor Visitor Information Centre on 028 9127 0069, and they will be able to address your enquiry.


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11am-1pm (27 July 2024)

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