ARDTOLE CHURCH

Strangford Road, Ardglass, BT30 7SQ

Picturesque ruins of a church founded by Saint Patrick

Ardtole Church is the last standing of the eight churches that stood in the area in the 1300s. The site was abandoned after a cruel massacre by  local chieftain in the late 1400s.

 

The site was an inspiration to Jonathan Swift in Gulliver's Travels. The ruins were excavated in 1914 by Francis Joseph Bigger. The largest collection of the oldest stained glass in Ireland was found here!

Facilities

- Car parking (Lay-by)

Walks

Ardtole Church is located on the Lecale Way. The Ballyhornan Coastal Path passes the site. It is possible to do a short loop to Sheepland from here and visit Saint Patrick's Well 0.5 miles away.

View from the path
View from the path
The ruins
The ruins

View of the Mourne Mountains

The ruins
The ruins

Overlooking the Irish Sea

The east window
The east window

Slieve-na-Griddle on the horizon

View from the ruins
View from the ruins

To Slieve-na-Griddle

Built on an ancient rath
Built on an ancient rath
From the Sheepland Road
From the Sheepland Road
Ardtole's glass - 1300s
Ardtole's glass - 1300s

National Museum in Dublin

The ruins in the 1890s
The ruins in the 1890s