Donaghadee Manor House
Donaghadee is an integral part of the story of the Ulster-Scots as it was here Sir Hugh Montgomery built the harbour which would be the first landing place for many thousands of Scots arriving to settle in Ulster. It was also here that Montgomery built his first house in Ulster. The first stone house in the area, it was a convenient base for his frequent trips to Scotland. It is believed that the present Manor House is built on the site of Montgomery’s original house. It holds several artefacts from that era, including a large stone which commemorates Sir Hugh’s attempt to rename the town as ‘Montgomery’.
Although the Manor House is privately owned, it is possible to access the ancient walled garden that belongs to it, which until recently was still used for its original purpose as a vegetable garden. Beautifully restored as a rest garden, it is accessible (for a small fee) from Café Manor, which adjoins it.
Private house. Walled garden access via Cafe Manor. Cafe Manor (T: 028 9188 9623) is at 1A Killaughey Road.