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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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  • Great views and enjoyable short walk from nearby car park. The tower only opens a few days each week. If it is open it is well worth the walk up the stairs to the outside viewing gallery. 
  • Very steep hill to reach the top. Carpark nearby and toilets. Wouldn't suit very young children. View from the top is excellent and well worth visiting. 
  • No princess has ever walked the winding staircase of Scrabo tower but it's sheer size and shape provide the imagination with exactly that picture.... that of a fairytale castle where a princess once l...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.