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“Impressive monument on Penshaw Hill”
Review of Penshaw Monument

Penshaw Monument
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

Penshaw Monument on Penshaw hill is an impressive sight and can be seen for miles, it was nice get the chance to explore it. The monument was built in 1844 and is a replica of the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens. On a clear day it would be possible to have a good view of the surrounding area but on the day of our visit it was blustery and overcast and not much of a view unfortunately.

Thank paullegate
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

Penshaw monument is a 70' high Folly that sits atop a hill near Penshaw, County Durham. It is said to be a replica of the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens, and is a monument to the Earl of Durham.
On the day we visited (Easter Sunday 2014) it was inundated with people! What the visitor levels are on a `normal' day I have no idea. A steady gradient leads to the top of the hill, and base of the monument. The structure is administered by the National Trust. It is possible to walk around the top of the Folly, which is accessed via a staircase in one of the columns. However, the fee of £5.00 did seem to be putting a few people off! The views from the base are good, so I would imagine that those from the top would be quite impressive. Maybe next time :)
As people have already commented, it's a pity about the graffiti carved on the columns.

1  Thank moffatman
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Reviewed 17 April 2014 via mobile

Daytime or nighttime, the views are fantastic, you can see Durham cathedral, tynemouth abbey on a clear day with some binoculars. At night it's lit up, with a great view of the stars and all the surrounding area.

1  Thank Paul W
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Reviewed 1 April 2014 via mobile

Canny little hike up there, went in December to do a bit of filming. Great views and good exercise, shame about the graffiti and that.

1  Thank Graham D
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Reviewed 26 March 2014 via mobile

I go here all the time with my family. Once the kids have had a good run around I take them to the park over the road.

Lovely view where I write a lot of my poetry :-)

Thank Lesley K
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