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Went on the rooftop of the monument. Cleverly built into one of the columns is an internal spiral... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Bispham, United Kingdom
Visit to Penshaw Monument

Built in 1844 as a memorial to the memory of John George Earl of Durham County Durham MP and one... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Edward P
Houghton-le-Spring, United Kingdom
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A 183 Chester Road | Parking off roundabout at Herrington Country Park entrance, Houghton-le-Spring DH4 7EL, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Went on the rooftop of the monument. Cleverly built into one of the columns is an internal spiral staircase, for £5 per person on selected weekends (weather permitting)you can climb it up onto a narrow passageway that acts as a balcony affording great views over...More

1  Thank FlorianFY
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Built in 1844 as a memorial to the memory of John George Earl of Durham County Durham MP and one time Governor General of Canada, designed to be a copy of The Theselon the Temple of Hephaestus and linked to the Temple of Diana at...More

Thank Edward P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Penshaw has recently had new steps fitted and is ideal for lovely views across Houghton and out to the sea

Thank David A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's worth the walk to the top to see this magnificent structure and the 360 degree views. The walk to the top is not strenuous and it's dog friendly. On weekends and some bank holidays, you can pay five pounds to walk up to the...More

Thank pddownunder
Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

Booked in advance to be able to walk up the monument. Luckily the weather was great the day we went. The hill can be a challenge but I managed it. I just found a few steps quite steep. The staff radioed each other as there...More

Thank Marie J
Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

Was here early this morning with my two border terriers and it’s a lovely walk around the monument shame our weather always lets us down

Thank lynnylala
Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

Nice spot to see amazing views of all angles. Would be nice to see an information board at the top to give more if an idea and maybe some information on what we can see from the top

Thank Sam D
Reviewed 7 May 2018

visited penshaw monument today bank holiday monday after arranging a roof top visit.the folly stands on a hill and is very impressive.owned by the national trust.the views are just stunning.to arrange a rooftop visit ,visit the national trusts web page for penshaw monument and it...More

Thank Karen G
Reviewed 28 April 2018

Visited Penshaw many times, on a clear day the views are great, however I recently dis overexposed you can go on top! Tickets are available through National Trust website. If you do not like confined spaces, best avoid this bit. You are given a head...More

1  Thank Lucy A
Reviewed 27 April 2018 via mobile

Spent about half an hour walking around and through the monument. There is a short history board by the entrance which gives a good overview.

1  Thank ClaudiaHoli
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Response from Tony L | Reviewed this property |
I would allow approx 2 hours