Portaferry Presbyterian Church

Places to See | Co. Down, Northern Ireland.



Portaferry Presbyterian Church was built in 1841, in the Greek revival style, possibly using the Temple of Nemesis on the Greek Island of Rhamnous as a model. This Greek Doric temple, designed by the Belfast architect John Millar, is tucked away behind High Street and the buildings fronting The Square. In spite of its architectural importance and dominance of the area in which it stands, it is not particularly well known outside the locality.

Whilst it is still used for regular Sunday worship a charity, “The Friends of Portaferry Presbyterian Church” was established in 2007 with the intention of making use of the building for heritage and arts events, such as concerts and lectures.  The friends felt that with its wonderfully live acoustic, seating for nearly 500, Edwardian Evans and Barr organ and superb architecture it could, and should, be used and shared much more widely.

This charity has led a major fundraising campaign for the total refurbishment of the building and has now secured over £1.3m. It is hoped that work will start in 2014. A Computer generated animation of the restored building is shown below.

The church building is a popular place to see in Co Down on European Heritage Open Days.

If you would like to make a donation, please write to Mrs Ros McMullin, 3 Bar Hall Rd., Portaferry BT22 1RQ or email info@friendsppc.org

Address: Portaferry Presbyterian Church, Meetinghouse Street, Portaferry, Co. Down BT22 1SY


3 Responses to Portaferry Presbyterian Church

  1. I ATTENDED THE RECITIAL ON SATURDAY EVENING GIVEN BY FINGLIAN COLLINS
    AND ENJOYED THE EXPERIENCE.AND WOULD LIKE TO GO TO OTHER EVENTS AT THIS VENUE

    RICHARD CRAIG September 23, 2013 at 9:31 pm Reply
  2. Hi
    I hope you can help me. I am trying to find relatives called James Small
    Or Bernard Small or William Small from around 1820 – 1849, Would there be any church records for these people. Also maybe a Sarah Maginnitty who married a Bernard Small and had a child William in 1838.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated

    sandra thomas December 9, 2018 at 10:25 pm Reply
  3. Hi, i was wondering if you would would be able to help me,would you have any information about my Great Grandparents?. The name was David Alexander Blakely and Margaret Anne McCullough. They were married in your church on the 6th of January 1877. Afterwards they went to live in Kearney Portaferry. I think David was from Ballywalter. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    Lorraine Gallaugher July 16, 2020 at 11:36 am Reply

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