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“Not safe”

Marquess of Anglesey's Column
Reviewed September 23, 2013

I visited the column with some friends, expecting the hard climb up the 115 steps to be rewarded by spectacular views from the top. However, the journey up was so distressing that the view was lost on all of us. The stairs are not safe and rotting. I weigh less than 9 stones (57 kg) and felt that I might fall through several of the steps. There is nothing to hold onto as you go up the stairway and some areas are very dark. Passing people is incredibly difficult given how narrow it is.
Definitely won't be recommending it to others.

1  Thank SusanJones1989
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

fantastic veiws and a great chance to asend this historic column. you are advised that you go up at your own risk and thank goodness you can too many historic attractions have gone health and safety risk adverse. out of breath after 115 steps very windy at the top so white with fear.

2  Thank SouthamptonUKAndy22
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

The car park for Marquess of Anglesey's column is much harder to find than the Column itself, but when you find it (a field with a gate), you will be rewarded with a 10 minute walk through some pretty woods, then up some steps to a house, where the owners, (I think they are the owners), will give you a friendly greeting and receive your admission fee.
A little walk later and you will be at the foot of the column.
There are well used, wooden circular stairs up to the top of the column that must be safe or health and safety would have said something, but it is still not for the faint hearted as they do creak a little.
A word of advice at this point, if possible, wait until you know everyone is up or down the steps as passing on the stairs can be a little intimate!
Once at the top of the column, you will be rewarded by some stunning views so absolutely definitely take your camera!
The statue of Field Marshal Henry William Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey is a little hard to take a picture of as you have to lean back to get him all in, a feat not for the faint hearted.
There is a picnic table or two provided for picnics of course, or for those unwilling or unable to climb the stairs.

4  Thank Paul N
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Went up with two children age 5 and 7. Husband is a woodworker and was appalled by state of wooden steps, rotting and unsafe in his opinion. View from top is excellent but I would not go up again as feel it is unfit for purpose. Have notified county council.

1  Thank Sar S
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Well worth the 115 steps climb to reach the viewing platform,the views on a clear day are great.
The steps are wooden and well worn,and the lighting is not brillant,but if you are able bodied you will be ok,and you must have a head for heights !!! We were the only people there.Not well advertised,or signed posted.

1  Thank lettertrask
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