The Round Tower and Witch's Stone are impressive reminders of Antrim’s ancient monastic settlement. The tower was built around the 10th century as a bell-tower for protection from raiders and is known locally as The Steeple. It is 28 metres tall and is one of the finest of its kind in Ireland. The monastic site was burned in 1147.

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Founded: 10th century
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom

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Luckyrabbit _ (3 months ago)
tardree is better #1
Mark Woonton (3 months ago)
A lovely piece of Antrim history
Alvin Pierce (5 months ago)
Beautiful walk. Great example of a medieval round tower
Miss Meliss (MissMeliss) (7 months ago)
Great area for a walk with little one nice, quiet and clean
Daniel Brown (2 years ago)
This was a monastic site in the 10th century, and is maintained by Antrim Borough Council. I live with Vascular Dementia 24/7, my days can be very difficult, my escape? I visit the Round Tower approximately 5 days per week (rain or shine on my rollator) and have done so for the past 5 year's. I am at ONE with myself and the weather?l have quality waterproofs. DB
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