Opening times for 28 November 2023
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Please keep dogs under close control, on a lead around grazing cattle.
Access to monument roof top by steep spiral staircase, with 3.3ft (1m) minimum height requirement for rooftop visits. Climb up to the monument is very steep. There is a gentler route if you use the path through the gate to left of the main entrance gate, at the bottom of the hill.
On the A183, one mile from the A19
Parking: Limited parking is available at the bottom of Penshaw Hill. There is further parking nearby at Herrington Country Park
Penshaw Monument is a short walk from Penshaw village
Chester-le-Street 5 miles
A number of buses stop at or near the base of Penshaw Hill, including the 2, 2A and 78. Please be aware, services are subject to change at short notice. Please check gonortheast.co.uk for updates before travelling.
See Sustrans website for local cycle routes
The Earl of Durham's 70ft-high monument sitting on top of Penshaw Hill with panoramic views.
Explore the site of the impressive 70ft-high Penshaw Monument. Take a tour to the top for some panoramic views over the North East or visit the nearby Penshaw Wood.
A cliff-top cottage perching in the shadows of the iconic red and white Souter Lighthouse.
The perfect location for long days exploring the outdoors as well as rest and relaxation amongst nature.
On top of Penshaw Hill sits the Earl of Durham's Monument.
Better known as the Penshaw Monument, this 70 foot high monument 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.
Use your people skills or love of the outdoors to help us to care for Penshaw Monument and other special places across County Durham. Find out more about how you can get involved.