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Plans to Breathe New Life Into Antrim’s Historic Steeple Site Are Continuing at Pace.

Once the location of a former medieval monastery, the 17-acre parkland includes the famous Antrim Round Tower, a scheduled monument which served as a bell-tower and place of refuge from raiders.

The Council is working closely with the Heritage Lottery Fund on plans to redevelop this important location, with the aim of attracting visitors and generating interest in the fascinating history of the area. Proposals include new interpretive signage and pathways to promote greater access to the site, showcasing the Round Tower as a unique feature.

The site is also home to the once grand Steeple House, the former headquarters of Antrim Borough Council. The property, which dates back almost 200 years, was extensively damaged by a fire in 2019. The improvement works will see the derelict building restored to its former glory and brought back to life, with potential for the venue to be used as a meeting space, wedding venue or office accommodation.

Whilst the Round Tower, one of only two still existing in Northern Ireland, is a well-known landmark, most people outside the Borough are unaware of the history of the surrounding the area. These long-awaited improvement works will help address this by creating a unique tourist attraction, while still preserving and protecting the historic nature of the site.

It is anticipated that works will commence in autumn 2023 – please look out for updates on this scheme as it progresses.

 
Plans to Breathe New Life Into Antrim’s Historic Steeple Site Are Continuing at Pace.