Holywood Motte

When the Normans invaded Ulster in the 12th century fortifications such as Holywood Motte were widely seen across the land. King John passed through Holywood in 1210 on his journey from Carrickfergus to Dublin. He is said to have “spent the night” of Thursday July 29 in the Government Bailey situated on the Motte before heading on to Dundonald by way of Victoria Road and Croft Road (formally King John’s Highway) to stay at Dundonald Motte (where he lost 2 pence playing cards!).