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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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  • Been going to Scrabo tower since I was a child . Never get tired of the view of Newtownards and surrounding area . Climb getting harder as I get older so not good if you are not steady on your feet to...  more »
  • What a veiw!!! Amazing Norman tower in great condition. Fun and interesting things for kids as well.  more »
  • This was a wonderful spot I enjoyed while visiting Ireland. The narrow stone steps made for a rather precarious climb. However, the views even from the base of the tower were worth going for. I think ...  more »
  • Loved it here....steep hill to climb...its common to see people running up and down this ( hat tip to them!!). The views are stunning - really amazing. Loads of airplanes can be seen on certain days due to the local airfield...a nice run around for the kids. Loads of dog walkers and a place for picnics. There is a forest park opposite - which is great..leads to a can be a more challenging if your it. Toilets on site are great also!! phew :-) The tower can be seen from a must see.
  • Worth the drive up if you're visiting and have time to see the view. You can walk around the tower (only open in summer) and the nearby woods.
  • Lovely Ards structure. Anyone from the area always feels "home" once they see scrabby Tower. Whether it's by plane or car, once ya see scrabby, you are home.
  • There is great veiws from the base of the Tower but the Tower itself has been and still is closed to the public. There is a car Park with male, female & disabled toilets. The path from the car Park to the Tower has good tarmac and is good enough for prams and wheelchairs, but it's very steep and because of that may not be safe. Beside the car Park is Scrabo Country Park but the paths are very rocky and steep in places.
  • Great historical tower to visit. Has wonderful views on a sunny day. Carpark is nearby for easy access. Also has a picnic area on the way up to the tower.