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Stunning views from this 70-foot high folly

On top of Penshaw Hill sits the Earl of Durham's Monument.

Better known as the Penshaw Monument, this 70 foot high folly is a replica of the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens and can be seen for miles around. It is considered to be Wearside's most beloved landmark, even appearing on the badge of Sunderland Football Club.

Tours to the top of Penshaw Monument

Visitors admire the view from Penshaw Monument © National Trust

Visitors admire the view from Penshaw Monument

You can climb to the very top of Penshaw Monument. From Good Friday to the end of September, we open the spiral staircase hidden inside one of the monuments pillars, letting groups of visitors up to the roof top to enjoy the view.

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