Kildare : Round Tower

Grid RefN 728 125
GPSN 72820 12481 (3m)
Longitude6° 54' 40.52" W
Latitude53° 9' 28.34" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKildare (0.6 Km)
OS Sheet55
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Visit Notes

Sunday, 24th January 2010

This is Ireland's second highest round tower and it stands in the graveyard of Kildare Cathedral. In the spring and summer it is possible to pay a small fee and climb up to the top, but at this time of year you have to make do with standing outside and looking up. I shall definitely return in the summer to make the trip up to the later-crenelated top.

The conical cap has long gone to be replaced by a crenelated top , which has a wire cage over it to stop people falling out.

The doorway is some 5m up the side of the tower and is decorated in the Romanesque style. There are at least four orders and a small canopy. Only the very inner order is in good condition.

As I said above, I shall definitely be back to climb up this tower when I can.

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About Coordinates Displayed

This is an explanation of (and a bit of a disclaimer for) the coordinates I provide.

Where a GPS figure is given this is the master for all other coordinates. According to my Garmin these are quite accurate.

Where there is no GPS figure the 6 figure grid reference is master for the others. This may not be very accurate as it could have come from the OS maps and could have been read by eye. Consequently, all other cordinates are going to have inaccuracies.

The calculation of Longitude and Latitude uses an algorithm that is not 100% accurate. The long/lat figures are used as a basis for calculating the UTM & ITM coordinates. Consequently, UTM & ITM coordinates are slightly out.

UTM is a global coordinate system - Universal Transverse Mercator - that is at the core of the GPS system.

ITM is the new coordinate system - Irish Transverse Mercator - that is more accurate and more GPS friendly than the Irish Grid Reference system. This will be used on the next generation of Irish OS maps.

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