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Penshaw Monument


One of the North East's most prominent landmarks, Penshaw Monument was built in 1844 in honour of the first Earl of Durham, John George Lambton. Presented to the National Trust as a gift in 1939 by the 5th Earl of Durham.

Most sources suggest that it is a half-sized replica of the ancient Temple of Hephaestus (god of fire) in Athens, Penshaw stands magnificently above the city on a limestone hill with spectacular views as far afield as Durham Cathedral and the North Pennines.

Nearby woodland can be explored via a network of footpaths, perfect for a stroll in any season.

Opening Times

Penshaw Monument (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)



Map & Directions

Road Directions

From A1 & A19 take the turn off for the A183 and follow brown tourist signs to Penshaw Monument.

Public Transport Directions

From Sunderland catch the 78 bus from Park Lane Interchange.

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