Helen’s Tower

Places to Stay | Co. Down, Northern Ireland.



Helen’s Tower perched high above the rolling hills of Co Down, is an enchanting five storey stone tower nestled deep in the woods of the Clandeboye Estate.  Standing on top of the world with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, one can see as far as distant Scottish shores from the top of Helen’s Tower.

Built in 1848 by Frederick Lord Dufferin, 5th Baron of Dufferin and Ava in honour of his mother Helen Selina Blackwood, Helen’s Tower has since been immortalized by Tennyson in the poem of the same name.

A Game Keepers Tower, the interiors and fittings of this building were unique to this period. An octagonal room on the third floor with its paneling throughout with poems engraved on metal plates are set into the walls.

Visitors to the area can enjoy walking routes, known locally as Clandeboye Way (Helen’s Bay to Whitespots Country Park).

The tower is now managed by The Irish Landmark Trust whose ethos is to rescue interesting and unusual historic buildings, restore them and give them a new lease of life as self catering holiday lets.

Yes…you can stay in Helen’s Tower! It sleeps 2. A romantic and original place to spend a few days & nights.

Address: Helen’s Tower, Clandeboye Estate, Bangor, Co Down BT19 1RN


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