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Nendrum Monastic Site

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Address: Mahee Island, Comber, Northern Ireland

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A special place for me and my loved ones. From the 1950s my family have treasured the tranquility. Honour it.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Hinton, United Kingdom
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Hinton, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A special place for me and my loved ones. From the 1950s my family have treasured the tranquility. Honour it.

Thank Hussar15
Belfast, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016

I am not into archaeology but when I visit this ancient site founded in the 5th century I am struck by the amount of time a church has been on the site, It is really over powering. It is surprisingly large and quite a lot of the walls and tower still exist. I think the 5th century church is gone... More 

Thank Nigel H
Bangor, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2016

Nendrum Monastery, on Mahee Island, Co Down, was founded by St Machaoi in the 5th Century and was at its prime in the year 1000. The remains of this important pre-Norman monastery include three concentric enclosures (stone walls), with ruined church, round tower stump, foundations of huts and workshops, sundial, cross-slabs and a graveyard. It is thought to be the... More 

Thank Trevor C
Bangor, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 September 2016

Such a tranquil spot set high on a drumlin transporting you back to the time of the earliest monks in Ireland. Amazing that the monks had already discovered tidal power!

Thank Karen S
Belfast, United Kingdom
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127 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

I have always felt that this is a peaceful place. There are informative boards describing different parts of the monastic site. The visitor centre is excellent. It is a pity it is shut in winter, but I think it relies on volunteers to staff it. The model of the original monastery is worth more than a passing glance. From the... More 

Thank troubadour44
Belfast, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016

follow the road out of comber down winding by-ways that bwere once trodden by thev early saints and scholars as they journeyed to nendrum-where marauding vikins plundered and sacked the monasteries-where saint patrick would have known-past immposible winding bends at the lough shore to find nendrum-truly full of ... the serenity here is to wonder at whether christian atheist or... More 

Thank james_m186470
Belfast, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

As we were in the area, we decided to take a quick trip to see Nendrum Monastic Site. We were pleasantly surprised! We didn't know what to expect, but full walls, bridges, large supporting stones, graves, crosses and some of the round tower remain. The signage is frequent and informative. Easy to take small children to, I had two 4... More 

Thank Hanny24
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30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 4 August 2016

We visited this wonderful monastic site on a most sunny and beautiful Northern Ireland day in May 2016. The group which I took there was a church-based group of travelers and so the Christian aspect of the story behind the Nerdrum site was and is of specific interest to them. Nendrum is a very good example of ancient Celtic Christian... More 

Thank Mark C
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2016

This is one of my favourite places. To stand where the monks stood over a thousand years ago and imagine the order and organisation. Up to a hundred monks growing food, keeping animals and designing the worlds earliest tidal powered mill to grind their flour and then they see the Viking longboats coming up the lough to raid and rampage.... More 

Thank weebarney
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17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

Love to head down here on a nice evening Do peaceful and relaxing Dogs love to explore Lovely views of strangford Historic sight

Thank Heather C

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