SCRABO TOWER is located to the west of
County Down ,
* 1 History * 2 Today * 3 Cultural references * 4 References
The landmark, which is visible from most of north Down, was built
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
The tower was built to designs attributed to
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.
* ^ 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.
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