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Address: Commons of Lloyd, Kells, Ireland

This inland lighthouse was designed by Henry Aaron Baker (designer of the...

This inland lighthouse was designed by Henry Aaron Baker (designer of the King’s Inn, Dublin) for the First Earl of Bective in memory of his father Sir Thomas Taylor in 1791.At 30m high, one can see magnificent views of the surrounding countryside as far as the Mourne Mountains in County Down, Northern Ireland on a clear day. The Spire was used to view horse racing and the hunt in the 19th century.The spires stands on the site of an iron age ring fort. The community park (The People’s Park) includes the “Paupers Graveyard”, in which many, many victims of the mid-19th century famine lie buried.

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It was a lot of fun. Playground. Lovely walk. Good for flying kites. Easy to find. You can walk or drive.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a lot of fun. Playground. Lovely walk. Good for flying kites. Easy to find. You can walk or drive.

Thank muireanarkins
Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a freezing cold day when we visited the Spire. It only opens a couple of times a year and this wasn't one of them! Good views from the top of the hill and the Spire is certainly a fine building and an engineering masterpiece. Must check the website for our next visit to see when it opens as... More 

Thank CRRG_Dublin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Visited spire on saturday and took some great photos. Very interesting place to see and look around. Worth a visit if in the area.

Thank tracydrog
Sligo, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Worth a visit, playground and park around the tower. The tower is open on certain Sundays, not often.

Thank Stephen M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

What's not t like about a 'lighthouse' in the middle of nowhere?! Not that Kells is 'nowhere' I might add! As a child the Spire of Lloyd was always fascinating to me as we drove by on the N3 below it. My parents never quite knew the full story as to why it was there - thank God for the... More 

Thank NavGrl22
Navan, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

Something a bit different to go have a quick look at. Car park right at the spire and a nice little kids play aera. Only thing I would say is if you are walking around on the grass is to watch out for dog muck. It is like wading through a mine field of dog muck. If you have young... More 

Thank rwandrew
Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

This monument is approached through a beautiful park on the outskirts of Kells. Get there when it is open and climb the steps to the top where you can view all the surrounding counties.

Thank bookman2016
Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

Recently while serving as a guide for a group of Americans, I noticed the Spire of Lloyd on a Kells map. Leaving the car park, the walk up to the monument was gentle, providing a lovely view of the surrounding area. Best of all was the peace garden, serving as a memorial of sorts to lies lost to the famine.... More 

Thank kvportlandoregon
Mullagh, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

I often take visitors to the Steeple of Lloyd. The is a fantastic view from the top. However the climb up is not for the unfit or faint hearted. There is a graveyard at the bottom of the tower. It dates back to Poor Law times. Deceased paupers and workhouse residents were interred there. There is a stone altar where... More 

Thank Maggie S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

Lovely sunny day and the Spire of Lloyd was open for visitors. 164 steps later and we were at the top to take in breathtaking views. It was busy though and difficult to pass as steps are quite narrow. There is also a lovely but small park for the kids, a large open green, great for picnicking and a little... More 

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