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Nendrum Monastic Site

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Address: Mahee Island, Comber, Northern Ireland
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Fascinating early monastic site

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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Bangor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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Bangor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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!

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Thank Karen S
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Thank troubadour44
Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Belfast
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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

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Thank Heather C
Comber, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

I am fortunate to live nit to far away from Nendrum and would visit at least once a week. I have never been bored of the beauty of its natural location as it commands the view of Strangford Lough. The site itself is well kept and signage is upon hand to provide the necessary information however the site is let... More 

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