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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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Beautiful Tower and View

Really enjoyed an early morning walk around the Spire of Lloyd and Peoples Park area. it is a short drive from Kells town centre and easily walkable too if you don't have a... read more

Reviewed 20 February 2017
Dublin, Ireland

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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

Really enjoyed an early morning walk around the Spire of Lloyd and Peoples Park area. it is a short drive from Kells town centre and easily walkable too if you don't have a car. There are picnic benches in the park and a playground if you have kids with you. The Spire offers magnificent views of Kells and the surroundibng... More 

Thank Bozeman-Dublin
Galway, Ireland
2 reviews
Reviewed 14 February 2017

monuments dating from c 900 AD...lovely stonework built by the monks to escape the Viking raids...Great .Book of Kells now in Trinity College Dublin

Thank jdilln
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4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 27 November 2016 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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Reviewed 4 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 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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Reviewed 17 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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Reviewed 9 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 

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