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NIEA Tombs & Towers

From fortified coastal towers to remote round towers on islands, there's plenty to spark your imagination. Our rich history has left us with many impressive tombs and ancient burial sites dotted all over the countryside.

Travel back in time and discover the culture and history of the people who settled here up to 9,000 years ago.

Places To Visit

Giant's Ring, Belfast

Refreshingly little is known about this prehistoric enclosure, over 600 ft in diameter, with an earthen bank 20 foot wide and 12 foot high and a dolmen in the centre.

Scrabo Tower, Newtownards

Scrabo Country Park is centred at the top of Scrabo Hill near Newtownards and boasts incredible views over Strangford Lough and the surrounding countryside.

Devenish Island Monastic Site, Co. Fermanagh, Enniskillen

Famous for its perfect 12th-century round tower and ruined Augustinian abbey, Devenish Monastic Site was founded in the 6th century by Saint Molaise on one of Lough Erne’s many islands.

Bellaghy Bawn, Bellaghy, Magherafelt

Built around 1619 by Sir Baptist Jones, Bellaghy Bawn is a fortified house and bawn (the defensive wall surrounding an Irish tower house).

Dungiven Priory and O'Cahan's Tomb, Dungiven, Londonderry/Derry

Augustinian priory with a 15th-century tomb of Cooey-na-Gall, an O'Cahan chief, who died in 1385.

Free access to priory all year round. East side of Dungiven (A5) reached on foot down a lane passing a wart well and rag tree.

Magilligan Martello Tower, Limavady

The Martello Tower at Magilligan is a well known landmark, built between 1812 and 1817 during the Napoleonic Wars, to guard against possible French invasion.

Harry Avery's Castle, Strabane

Thought to have been built around 1320 by a local chieftain of the O’Neill clan, but named after Harry Avery O’Neill,a local chief who died in 1392, this structure is considered unusual in that Irish chieftain’s of the time rarely built stone castle.

Maghera Church And Round Tower, Newcastle

Maghera Church and Round Tower is of major historical importance and is among many important heritage sites throughout County Down.

Ardboe Old Cross, Cookstown

A 10th Century Cross situated on a rocky height on the shores of Lough Neagh. It is a national monument which is believed to be the first High Cross of Ulster. The cross stands 18.5 feet high and 3.5 feet wide.

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