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Lord Hill's Column in Shrewsbury open to the public during 2015

 in Shrewsbury Lord Hill's Column at the end of the London road in Shrewsbury will once again be open to the public. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo so additional days have been added to the schedule. The column was built in 1815 to honour local hero, Rowland Hill, who was Wellington’s trusted General during the Peninsula War and at the battle of Waterloo.

Announcing the new opening dates, Richard Hayes, Chairman of the Friends of Lord Hill’s Column said: "We are delighted to be able to open the column to the public. This will give visitors a rare opportunity to climb the 172 steps of the spiral staircase to enjoy spectacular views over Shropshire and Wales from the platform at the top.  2015 is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and across the country events will be staged to celebrate the final defeat of Napoleon. Shropshire can boast a particularly important monument to a hero of the Napoleonic Wars and there has been great interest in our plans. Last year tickets sold out and we had to disappoint a lot of people so I urge everyone to book their place quickly".

Booking must be made in advance as places are limited and tickets will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Bookings can be made on line at "Climb It" via our website  or by telephoning: 07720 677530

The charge is £5 per person and all money goes towards creating an exact copy of the statue as the original one needs to be replaced.

Dates for public opening of the Column in 2015

  • Easter - Saturday 4 April 1100 – 1600 inclusive
  • Bank Holiday Monday 6 April 1100 – 1600 ditto
  • Bank Holiday Monday 25 May 1100 – 1600 ditto
  • Saturday 13 June 1100 – 1600 ditto
  • Wednesday 8 July 1800 – 2030 ditto
  • Sunday 16 August 1200 – 1600 ditto
  • Bank Holiday Monday 31 August 1100 – 1600 ditto
  • Sunday 13 September 1200 – 1600 ditto
  • Saturday 3 October 1100 – 1600 ditto

There will be no charge on Sunday 13th September as this is a Heritage Open Day. 

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