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Jackie H wrote a review Aug 2018
London, United Kingdom351 contributions105 helpful votes
You can buy a guide to the grave yard and if you explore, you will find the burial place of someone linked to the Titanic .The abbey was founded centuries ago and there are accounts of its early history and links to Irish saints. It is a place of pilgrimage too.
Date of experience: August 2018
lizzier264 wrote a review Jun 2018
Brisbane, Australia28 contributions4 helpful votes
Apart from being 'another cathedral', which can become repetitive, a stroll through the graveyard beside this abbey provides a couple of hours of fascinating history. Many headstones are still reasonably legible centuries later, and online transcripts fill in details where necessary.…
Date of experience: May 2018
Robert W wrote a review Oct 2016
Lisburn, United Kingdom3,102 contributions191 helpful votes
Historic example of early Irish Christianity in Bangor and Ireland (Abbey founded by St Comgall in 558 AD).
Bangor Abbey fell into disrepair following many Viking raids. It was partially restored by Saint Malachy in the 12th Century. The main body of the current Abbey dates from the 1830's and 1840's - but the tower is from the 15th century - and the octagonal steeple dates from 1693. The Bangor Abbey churchyard has many old gravestones - including a memorial to local man John Simpson - assistant surgeon on the ship Titanic. The interior of the Abbey is interesting - but not over elaborate. Some colourful stained glass windows. The outside, including the historic walls and gravestones, is perhaps more impressive than the interior. To explore the interior - prior arrangements must be made at the adjacent Abbey "Church Halls" - as the Abbey is normally closed to the general public when not being used for services or special events. Disappointingly, I had to return, a few weeks after my first visit (a three hour special journey) to view the Abbey's interior (assisted by Abbey volunteer, Eileen - who was most helpful). Bangor's Tourist Information Centre had no knowledge of this arrangement! However - Bangor Abbey is well worth a visit…
Date of experience: October 2016
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C-N_BELFAST wrote a review Aug 2016
Belfast, United Kingdom125 contributions25 helpful votes
I have always wanted to get back to Bangor abbey because of its history. In previous times i only got round the cemetery and surrounding area but never inside but while in Bangor for a day finished off by getting into the church and learnt alot about this holy and sacred place from the church warden and some of the guides. I even got to meet the rector who filled me in with information i didn't know and I was given a book about the abbeys history. I was also told to ask for the church warden if I ever wanted to visit again as it was only a very short visit but highly recommended if you like your history. Its also a beautiful and very sacred place to stay and pray for a while. I think there's more guides during the summer months but lovely to see anytime of year …
Date of experience: August 2016
joanfarrell2000 wrote a review Jul 2016
Bangor, United Kingdom17 contributions11 helpful votes
Bangor Abbey has an incredible history as only those who have heard of St. Gall will know. Visitors from St Gallen in Switzerland come here forging the links with the Abbey and bringing to life the history of Gall leaving these shores and settling there. A "must do" in Bangor.
Date of experience: July 2016