Welcome to Grey Abbey House & Gardens

Grey Abbey House specialises in hosting historical, architectural and horticultural groups and we are able to provide lunch, tea and dinner by arrangement.

Overlooking Strangford Lough on the Ards Peninsula in County Down, Northern Ireland, Grey Abbey House and its gardens benefit from a temperate climate which supports a plethora of unusual flora and fauna. The Estate also owns three islands on the Lough which are leased to The National Trust.

The ruins of a Cistercian Abbey lie adjacent to the Estate's grounds. Church Hill, to the south of the Abbey, is believed to be one of the first landscaped parks in Ireland.

Detailed information can be found on the relevant pages in this site and if you would like to arrange a visit, please get in touch with us.
We look forward to hearing from you.

William & Daphne Montgomery

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Grey Abbey House

Grey Abbey House is a fine Georgian house overlooking Strangford Lough on the Ards Peninsular, County Down. The Estate has remained in the Montgomery family for over 400 years.


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Grey Abbey Gardens

A wide variety of trees, shrubs and plants thrive in Grey Abbey's gardens which include a walled vegetable garden, shrub rose borders, orchards and a Southern Hemisphere garden.


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The Abbey & Grounds

The grounds adjoin the ruins of a Cistercian abbey, and the surrounding estate encompasses ancient woodland, a slate quarry, a lake and what is believed to be one of the first landscaped parks in Ireland.


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Points of interest

An historic background

Grey Abbey is situated on the Ards Peninsula in Co. Down, Northern Ireland. The estate has been in the possession of the Montgomery family since 1607, when Sir Hugh Montgomery (later 1st Viscount Montgomery of The Great Ards) arrived in Co. Down from lowland Scotland.

The present house, built in 1762, is the third to be built on the site overlooking Strangford Lough and comprises many interesting architectural features and fine 18th century plasterwork.

A designated SSI area

Strangford Lough is a designated area of 'Special Scientific Interest' (SSI) and 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' (AONB). The temperate climate supports a diverse flora and fauna on the Grey Abbey Estate.

The Ards Peninsula is popular with bird watchers and other naturalists, due to its propensity of migratory and resident birds.