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Round Tower of Down

Round Tower of Down



Two hoards of gold bracelets were found during grave-digging in the graveyard in the 1950s. They date back about 3,000 years. One of these hoards can be seen in the Down County Museum displays, on loan from National Museums Northern Ireland.

Just as you reach the flat area at the top of the hill, you are walking on the site of the 1000 year old Round Tower of Down. This was a monastic bell-tower or cloigtheach demolished in 1790, but which is known to have stood here since at least the 11th century.

Channel 4’s Time Team investigated this site in 1997 and some of the finds from their excavation can be seen in the Museum.


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