Newtownards Priory

Places to See | Co. Down, Northern Ireland.

Newtownards Priory was a medieval Dominican priory founded by the Savage family around 1244 in the town of Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland. These substantial remains are the only ones of their type in Northern Ireland.

Only the lower parts of the nave and two blocked doors in the south wall leading to a demolished cloister survive from the period of the priories foundation.  The upper parts of the nave, the western extension and the north aisle arcade were completed later.

The priory was closed in 1541 and burned. In the plantation, Hugh Montgomery built a house in the ruins and added a tower at the entrance. There is a 1607 datestone inside the walls.

The priory was consecrated for use as a parish church and a number of historic family vaults lie within the walls of this historical site in Northern Ireland.

Address: Newtownards Priory, Court Street, Newtownards, Co. Down

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