St Philip & St James

Located in north Down just a few miles from Belfast the Victorian church building is open daily for prayer and meditation.

Holywood, County Down

Opening times

Dawn to dusk (approx) every day of the year or by appointment with the parish office.


Church Road
County Down
BT18 9BX

Previously based on the site of the Holywood Old Priory, the Church of Ireland moved to its current location in the early 19th century. A relatively small church was consecrated in 1844 with a significant extension in the 1860s almost trebling the size of the building. Both these building projects were undertaken with the direction of architect Charles, later Sir Charles Lanyon. Some memorials predating the building and brought to it from the former site have been incorporated into the current building.

The church is gothic in style but has a distinctive red brick with black brick relief interior. The stained glass dates from different periods including the most recent window installed in 2017. A comprehensive illustrated history booklet, including a guided tour of the church, is available to borrow or buy. Visitors should allow at least an hour to make their way around the building, pausing to take in the many memorials including those to former clergy of the parish and military personnel. Of special note is the memorial to a VC winner, John S Dunville in the chancel behind the choir stalls.

The church is a place of prayer and living worship; it is open much of the week as well as for five services each Sunday.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Famous connections

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Car park at church

  • Café within 500m

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Accessible toilets in church

  • Holywood is a very active parish with events throughout the week. Information can be found on our website.

  • Church of Ireland

  • Cornerstone Grant, £14,000, 2019

  • Our Cornerstone Grants fund urgent repairs and essential community facilities such as toilets and kitchens to help keep churches open.

Contact information

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