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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Aaron Coey (8 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!
Sir Shanks (2 years ago)
Quiet, peaceful and historical site. Reported that Saint Patrick stopped here. The drinking well in the court is accessible via a gate. Bath houses are behind padlock. History spanning 1500 years and the ruins of a small 16th century church. Enjoyable visit on the St. Patrick trail
Brigid Kent (2 years ago)
Great heritage spot to visit - very tranquil
PJ (2 years ago)
Part of the St Patricks trail and what a lovely area. Great place for a walk or a little snack. If you in the area definitely stop past this place. Really Recommend.
Rachel (2 years ago)
Part of the St. Patricks trail, interesting site with beautiful views a few miles from Downpatrick. Great stop for a picnic. No toliets/services available.
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