Portaferry Castle is a small tower house in built in the 16th century by William Le Savage. In 1635, Patrick Savage's brother-in-law, Sir James Montgomery of Rosemount (Greyabbey), repaired the castle by roofing and flooring it so that his sister could live in greater comfort there.

It is a square building with a small projecting turret on the south corner. It is three storeys high plus attic and there is no vault. Most of the eastern corner is in ruins. The entrance at the base of the tower is protected by a small machicolation and the entrance to the ground floor chamber is protected by a murder-hole. A curved stairway within the tower rises to the first floor and a spiral stairway in the west corner continues to roof level.

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Founded: 16th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom

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Peter Lyons (23 months ago)
A well maintained tourist info centre that usually has an exhibition to look at.
F Jennings (2 years ago)
Portaferry Castle was obviously built to oversee the entrance of Strangford Lough. History is easy to imagine from this point and the castle itself is accessible from the local tourist office
bender Plaza (3 years ago)
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