The Info List - Scrabo Tower

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SCRABO TOWER is located to the west of Newtownards in County Down , Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
. The turreted tower is a noted landmark and stands 540 feet (160 m) above sea level and is 125 feet (38 m) high.


* 1 History * 2 Today * 3 Cultural references * 4 References


The 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 Marquess, or "Fighting Charlie" as he was also known, inherited the title and family seat of Mount Stewart
Mount Stewart
after his brother, the 2nd Marquess, 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
Charles Lanyon
and WH Lynn , and now stands in a country park.


The tower houses two floors of displays, with 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. By 2015, the tower opened occasionally, and by July 2017 was fully reopened to the public.

Scrabo Country Park, in which the tower stands is also open to the public, and has several woodland walks and parkland through Killynether Wood. The view from the hill extends across Strangford Lough, scattered with its many islands, to the Mountains of Mourne and the Scottish coast. Scrabo Golf Club is overlooked by the tower and park.


Scrabo Tower
Scrabo Tower
was the inspiration for 'the Tower of Trufandom' in The Enchanted Duplicator by Walt Willis and Bob Shaw .


* ^ A B "Scrabo Tower: County Down monument closed to the public". BBC News. 22 April 2014. * ^ "1857 – Scrabo Tower, Newtownards, Co. Down". Archiseek. * ^ "DIA entry for Scrabo Tower". Dictionary of Irish Architects. Retrieved 18 February 2013. * ^ " Scrabo Tower
Scrabo Tower
and Country Park". Northern Ireland