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Scrabo Tower, Newtownards

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Scrabo Tower is located to the west of Newtownards in County Down, Northern Ireland. The turreted tower is a noted landmark and stands above sea level and is high.HistoryThe landmark, which is visible from most of north Down, was built above Newtownards in 1857 as a memorial to Charles Stewart, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry who was one of the Duke of Wellington's generals during the Napoleonic Wars. The 3rd Marquis, or "Warring Charlie" as he was also known, inherited the title and family seat of Mount Stewart after his brother, the 2nd Marquis, committed suicide. The 2nd Marquis is better known as Viscount Castlereagh, the politician who served a term as Britain's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.The tower was built to designs attributed to Charles Lanyon and WH Lynn, and now stands in a country park.TodayThe tower houses two floors of displays, and previously visitors had access to a viewing level via a climb of 122 steps. In April 2014, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency said that the tower had suffered "serious water ingress", which had damaged the electricity supply, and citing concerns for visitor safety, advised that the tower would close to visitors. As of 2015, the tower only opens occasionally, for example for European Heritage Open Days in September 2015.
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  • Such a pity more is not made of this place. It makes my blood boil when I hear of how much we are putting into creating new tourism for N.Ireland when we are letting great places like this sit idle an...  read more »
  • Great place to walk the dog and take friends/family. Good parking facilities and beautiful views of Strangford lough. Lots of different walks available. One of the highlights of County Down. 
  • Steep climb and windy 1/2 climb (too windy for a kite apparently) but amazing views. The tower is closed but there are some lovely clean toilets in the carpark 
  • Such a Beautiful Place with amazing views of Strangford Lough Ards and IslandHill in Comber. I often go up but am sad that it hasn't been opened in a while. Such an beautiful spot steeped in history the walk around the quarries is also a must which can be accessed through the picnic area.
  • Great place for a short steep stroll with great views as your reward. Sunrise and sunset are fantastic from here so its great for photographers. On a windy day you can be sure you'll feel refreshed by the time you leave.
  • Nice place with stunning views. And if the tower is open u can climb to the top for an e tended view of Newtonards and the surroundig peninsula. Plus its easy to get to with in short walkin distance of car park 😀
  • If you are from the surrounding area, you can't help but love Scrabo Tower.. It's a welcoming sight after being away for a few days. The walk to the tower, while steep is very rewarding - breathtaking views of Newtownards and on a good day, the Irish sea and Scotland. If you get the chance, take the tour inside the tower and climb to the top!
  • Excellent place to go for views of lovely dogs and doggers.
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