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!


- Car parking (Lay-by)


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
The ruins
View of the Mourne Mountains
The ruins
Overlooking the Irish Sea
The east window
Slieve-na-Griddle on the horizon
View from the ruins
To Slieve-na-Griddle
Built on an ancient rath
From the Sheepland Road
Ardtole's glass - 1300s
National Museum in Dublin
The ruins in the 1890s
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