Scrabo Tower is located to the west of
Newtownards in County Down,
Northern Ireland. Built in the 1850s as a memorial to the Marquess of
Londonderry it was originally and formally known as the 'Londonderry
Monument'. The turreted tower is a noted landmark and stands 540
feet (160 m) above sea level and is 125 feet (38 m) high.
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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
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
The tower was built to designs attributed to
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
Scrabo Tower was the inspiration for 'the Tower of Trufandom' in The
Enchanted Duplicator by
Walt Willis and Bob Shaw.
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Northern Ireland Tourist Board.
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^ "Department of Environment
Northern Ireland > Landscape Character
Areas > Scrabo Landscape". Department of the Environment Northern
Ireland. 17 October 2006.
^ Willis, Walt; Shaw, Bob (February 1954). "'The Enchanted
Duplicator'". Retrieved 25 February 2009.
^ Nielsen Hayden, Patrick and Teresa (August 1987). "'Aspects and
Inclinations' - Hyphen magazine - Number 37". Hyphen. Retrieved 1 May
Coordinates: 54°34′48″N 5°42′56″W / 54.58010°N
5.7155°W / 54.58010; -5.7155
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