Of all the wells throughout Ireland dedicated to Saint Patrick, the Struell wells must be the most famous. It is said that Saint Patrick travelled throughout Ireland using wells to baptize his new converts and in some cases to demonstrate the power of God with healing acts or with expressions of powerful piety and dedication. At Struell wells, there is a story of how Patrick used to bathe under a fountain of flowing water.

Struell Wells was built around a stream flowing through a secluded valley. It was a popular place of pilgrimage from the 1600s until the 1840s. The waters were believed to have curative powers and the site has a ruined church, 2 bath-houses (one for men, one for women) and two roofed wells, all fed by the stream.


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Founded: 17th century
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom


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Cathal Lyons (afootandahalf) (5 months ago)
Interesting place, just wish the wells were not locked. You can still see into most but would have been better if opened so we could enter inside.
Sarah McCaffrey (9 months ago)
Well worth a visit - a magical place
Alan Elder (10 months ago)
Very interesting Holy Wells and Bath house in small enclosed site. Car park adjacent.
PW (15 months ago)
An quite interesting although small site. There are a few information boards around the site. There is free car parking for approximately six vehicles. There are no other facilities. Sadly there was some dog mess lying in the grass so watch where you put your feet. This site is worthwhile visiting for a short time if you are in the local area.
Aaron Coey (18 months ago)
The area of South Down within the triangle of Downpatrick, Ardglass and Strangford is rich with these small beautiful monuments to a long gone past where you can spend as much time as you like with the raw beauty of mans interaction with nature, and this is raw!
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