2023 Dates


Dates Times
Monday 10th April 11am – 4pm inclusive
Saturday 15th July 11am – 4pm inclusive
Sunday 20th August 12pm – 4pm inclusive
Saturday 16th September 11am – 4pm inclusive
Heritage Open Day – No charge
Sunday 17th September 12pm – 3.30pm inclusive
Heritage Open Day – No charge
Exciting restoration work just completed. Come and see it. It’s a SHROPSHIRE SPECIAL!

Climbs take place every half hour (15 visitors at a time to avoid overcrowding on the 172 spiral stairs) so booking is essential.

Please contact Richard Hayes on to book places.

£5 per head, children and students free.

Chairman Revd Richard Hayes is always available to groups for Powerpoint presentations on the history of Lord Hill and the Column.

Please email your request today


There are 172 stairs so three things are essential:

  1. 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.
  2. All applicants must know that they have a head for heights.
  3. 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!


Pre-booking is essential. Contact or ring 01743 244668

A Waiting List will be opened as required in case of cancellations at a later date. If you are allocated a place and then have to cancel or postpone your visit, PLEASE notify as above to free the place for someone else.

All those with booked places are asked to arrive 15 minutes before the time of their climb.


  1. Which day you would like to make the climb
  2. Your preferred time – please offer alternative times if possible
  3. How many places you want
  4. Remember to arrive 15 minutes before the stated half hour slot of your choice

Entry £5, payable on the day, 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.

The support of the Friends will help Shropshire Council when making applications for grants to replicate the statue of Lord Hill, now in urgent need of replacement to save future maintenance costs. The Column is a major element in the tourist attractions of Shropshire.