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Open Days at Lord Hill's Column


Visitors have a rare chance to climb the spiral staircase and enjoy wonderful views over the beautiful county of Shropshire from the platform at the top of the Column. Lord Hill's Column was erected at the expense of the people of Shropshire to honour their local hero Rowland Hill, who fought alongside the Duke of Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo.

At 133 feet 6 inches, the Grade II listed Column is the tallest free-standing Grecian Doric column in England. It was designed by local Shropshire architect Edward Haycock, and completed in 18 months between December 1814 and June 1816.

There are 172 stairs so three things are essential:

  • All applicants must be confident that they are fit enough to climb a spiral staircase of 172 stairs, enjoy the view from the top and descend again in 29 minutes.
  • All applicants must know that they have a head for heights.
  • Children under the age of 10 must be very carefully supervised bearing in mind that each climb can last only 29 minutes maximum. Those with children must make up their own minds if they think that their children are old enough and strong enough to manage this quite steep climb. It is exciting, BUT for a child a high spiral staircase can seem endless! Sturdy 5-year olds manage the climb, and very small children are welcome if carried.
  • Pre-booking is essential. Contact [email protected] or ring 01743 244668
  • A Waiting List will be opened as required in case of cancellations at a later date.
  • All those with booked places are asked to arrive 15 minutes before the time of their climb.

Please apply stating:

  • Which day you would like to make the climb.
  • Your preferred time - please offer alternative times if possible.
  • How many places you want.
  • Remember to arrive 15 minutes before the stated half hour slot of your choice.
  • Entry £5, conferring automatic Life Membership of the Friends of Lord Hill's Column. A card is given entitling the holder to free climbs for life, on open days. Students and children: Free.

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