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“Chaine Memorial” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chaine Memorial Tower

Chaine Memorial Tower
Larne, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Chaine Memorial”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2013

This is an outstanding feature near the leisure centre.
It was built as a memorial to Mr Chaine who developed Larne as a Harbour in the early 1900s. It houses a light to aid ships navigating the entrance of Larne Harbour. Very photographic.

Visited November 2013
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36 reviews
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“Ok for a quick stop off”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2013 via mobile

It's an interesting building built as a replica of an Irish round tower. Built in 1888 as a memorial to James Chaine, a former member of parliament for Antrim who developed Larne's short sea route to Scotland as well as establishing the town as a port. Ok for a stop off but not a great lot to see as I don't think it opens.

Visited August 2013
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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“Chaine Memorial Tower.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2013

The "Pencil" as its known locally is a memorial to the founder of the modern Larne Harbour, James Chaine. It is an accurate replica of an Irish Round Tower and is definitely a lighthouse but the light can only be seen from seaward or from Islandmagee on the other side of Larne Lough. When the tides out there is good rock pool fishing around the base.
Also near the Tower towards the harbour itself is a monument to the 133 lives lost on the local ferry Princess Victoria during a violent storm on 31st January 1953. At the same spot is another monument commemorating the landing of a shipload of guns for the Ulster Volunteers at Larne Harbour in 1914.
There is a very good restaurant open to the public at the nearby Tower Swimming Pool and the circular walk from the Tower along the 'promenade' to the Bank Heads and Chaines Park is very pleasant. The 'promenade' was originally a light railway taking limestone to Larne Harbour but that has long since gone. The 'promenade' along its one mile length also passes through rocks spanning 15M years and is of international geological interest as being the most complete sequence of rocks in the UK at the time when dinosaurs were coming into being. Fossils can be seen in the rocks along the shoreline. At Chaines Park walk up the steps to the top and then come back along the top of the low cliff passing the tomb of James Chaine, where it is said he is buried upright looking out to sea, and further along descend back down to the shore at the Bank Heads to return to your starting point. There are very good views out to the Mull of Kintyre, Ayrshire coast, Paddy's Milestone (Ailsa Craig), Islandmagee and inland to Agnews Hill.

Visited August 2013
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“Its not a lighthouse and its not a round tower”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2013

It may look like one but its just a memorial. Make sure you walk along the promenade and catch the ferrys making the trip across the north channel to Cairnryan in Scotland. And appreciate the Princess Victoria disaster memorial.

Visited April 2013
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Islandmagee
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“Shut, but impressive”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2013

This is a very tall and impressive landmark, a monument. You can walk along a causeway across the beach to get to the front door, but that is locked. The area is nice, and people do like to get a photo of this big round tower with the sky behind.

Visited July 2013
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