Historic Environment tours: Newtownards Priory


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Newtownards Priory

Court Street
Co. Down
BT23 7NY

Come along to Newtownards Priory for a special access tour and learn about the history of this beautiful site. These tours will last approximately 1 hour and will be led by archaeologist Thomas McErlean.

Located at the south east edge of Newtownards, these substantial remains of a Dominican (Black) Friary founded in 1244 are the only ones of their type in Northern Ireland. Built by the Savage family, the buildings were destroyed by Sir Brian O'Neill to prevent English soldiers using them. Sir Hugh Montgomery restored the church in 1607 and added a small chapel but it fell into disrepair in the middle of the 18th-century.

Tours will commence promptly on time at the entrance to the priory, please allow time for parking and be on site at least 5 minutes prior to your tour time to ensure the tour does not depart without you. 

A maximum of 20 people can be accommodated on each tour. Babes in arms will not require a ticket. Please be aware that all children must be accompanied.  All persons wishing to enter the site must hold a ticket to gain access.

All tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Refunds will only be given in the event of the tours being cancelled.


1 hour

Entrance Fee

£5 (adult), £3 (children 2 -16)