The Scrabo Tower, is a magnificent tower located in Northern Ireland, in County Down. Built at the end of the 19th century, on a volcanic rock peak, this tower overlooks the town of Newtownards and pays homage to Charles Stewart, an emblematic political figure of the region, who led many actions to put an end to the Great Irish Famine. A tower with an exceptional landscape, to visit absolutely!
History of the Scrabo Tower
A Tower Raised in Honour of Charles Stewart
Scrabo Tower was built in 1857, in commemoration of the death of Charles Stewart, 3rd Marquis of Londonderry, who was also named “Duke of Wellington” at the time of the Napoleonic Wars. As a tribute to the actions of this great man during the Great Famine, the town of Londonderry decided at his death to build a 2-storey tower overlooking Newtownards from the top of a beautiful hill in the area.
The plans and the architecture of the building are then elaborated by Charles Lanyon and WH Lynn, who wish to make it an imposing monument. Since then, the tower has been in an excellent state of preservation, and welcomes every day many tourists who come to discover it!
Notice to enduring walkers! A visit to the Scrabo Tower requires the ascent of more than 122 steps to reach its 41-metre-high summit. Rather steep steps, which may leave the less sporty among you breathless!
If you are not afraid of it, you can discover all the secrets of the tower and visit its many rooms and bedrooms, all decorated in a typical style of the time…
And the highlight of the show is at the top, at the level of the towers of the fortress! The panorama on the surroundings is exceptional, and overlooks the town of Newtownards, the Strangford Lough, and the Mourne Mountains… A breathtaking scenery, which deserves to be photographed !