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Interesting landmark

It's on top of a large hill, so once spotted, it's easy to drive to. Park in the official car park... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
jwf322
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
Worth a visit

Visited during a week in Dorset, great views if you are happy to walk up a few steps, the NT staff... read more

Reviewed August 26, 2018
DaveandDebsGif
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Ash Vale, Surrey
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed December 29, 2016 via mobile

This beauty spot has been immeasurably improved recently by the removal of the surrounding pine plantation. Blackdown has now been successfully restored to Dorset heathland by someone who obviously knows their stuff. Unfortunately, the National Trust, ever eager to make money from people enjoying a...More

2  Thank lemonlegslee
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Avoid car park by the monument itself, now ran by an individual who charges inconsistent prices from a hand written and not always displayed price list and and if you refuse to pay locks your car in. Plenty of other places to park a bit...More

14  Thank HAPPYHIKER27
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All reviews national trust chesil beach car park south dorset golden cap isle of wight worth the climb great position an ice cream van spiral steps views are amazing check opening times portland bill worth a stop well worth the effort nt members nt staff
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's on top of a large hill, so once spotted, it's easy to drive to. Park in the official car park and walk past the modern sculpture (hmm..) and the 'panda' cows up to the monument. (or drive to the top of the hill where...More

Thank jwf322
Reviewed September 14, 2018

This monument to Admiral Hardy (NOT Thomas Hardy) provides an excellent introduction to his life and times - particularly if the National Trust curator is present, who provides a wonderful overview of the monument's history. Add to that absolutely fantastic views (£2 to climb if...More

Thank OlderGuy1956
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Nice place to stop. Picnic tables. Parking national trust. Free if you are a member. Walk up monument for great views. Water bowls for dogs. Nice walks.

Thank sidmothian
Reviewed August 26, 2018 via mobile

Visited during a week in Dorset, great views if you are happy to walk up a few steps, the NT staff member was very nice and let us visit 4 mins before closing time.

Thank DaveandDebsGif
Reviewed August 13, 2018

We drove past it on our way home from an excellent lunch (again) at the Hive Beach Cafe and half a mile later did a u-turn! The view was well worth the climb to the top as the views were spectacular. The NT guide was...More

Thank HawaiiSeaDog
Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

Passing the monument we decided to take advantage of the clearing weather. Lives up to its name as a viewpoint highlight on the Dorset coast. Views of Wetmouth Portland Bill and as far as isle of wight. Worth a stop if you get the weather.

1  Thank weirdfiz
Reviewed August 2, 2018

We have been visiting the Monument for many many years but this was the first time we have visited since The National Trust opened the inside and allowed you to climb to the top. The walk up is not as difficult as you might expect...More

1  Thank Nick B
Reviewed July 29, 2018

Drove here and had a lovely walk around and then walked up the 120+ step spiral staircase and were rewarded with a wonderful 365 degree ovista. A good clear day, brilliant. Has a very helpful and informative chat with David from the NT who gave...More

Thank sgholly2k
Reviewed July 28, 2018 via mobile

Nothing to do with the author:) Camping in Puncknowle I wanted to walk the ridgeway to the monument around 12 miles in a circuit. Actually very pleasant along the top as you can see the tower pretty well the whole way as a good directional...More

Thank Restless59
Reviewed June 26, 2018

This is worth a visit the views are amazing and you can climb to the top of the tower for even more views, it is £2 to do the climb and is 120 steps which is worth the money you have to pay an additional...More

Thank Julie B
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