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 "Fighting 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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  • Scrabo Tower (the actual tower itself) is open to the public on specific days. Consult website for opening times. We as a family went on Sunday. We were charged £14 to get into the tower. I remember w...  more »
  • Walked up to the tower but unfortunately the gate was locked. Nice walk there and keeps you fit. Still worth a visit with lovely sights.  more »
  • Bit of a steep climb to top but very do-able. Spectacular views to the Mourne mountains and all across the Ards Peninsula. Super windy up there so worth bringing extra layers. Kids found some broken g...  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.
  • i went up the tower with my mum and dad, spoiler alert! (122 steps!) if you count 122 steps you get a certificate. well i did since im a kid but anyway it was good but very high but that isnt a bad thing! :)
  • Stunning views from this tower. Picnic tables and toilets at car park. Check opening times for the tower
  • 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.

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