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Attractions in Boston
Member Name: marco69uk
Attractions in Boston
Date: 30/05/01, updated on 30/05/01 (113 review reads)
Advantages: Spectacular views
Disadvantages: Very narrow staircase
Inspired by Trayo’s opinion of Boston ("Land of the Pilgrims") and finding the children and myself at a loose end during half term we decided it would interesting to have a go at climbing the Boston Stump
The Boston stump is the tower of St Botolph’s Parish Church and at 272 ½ feet is the tallest church tower in England. The highest point you can climb to, the main balcony is 145 feet (209 steps).
The church is quite easy to find the tower being visible form most parts of the town and is within easy walking distance form the main shopping area (opposite ‘Marks & Spencer’s’).
The children were quite keen to go up and I was relived to see the sign saying ‘come and climb the tower – Open now’. The door to the tower is to the left as you go in the church. We were charged £3 for my 8-year-old son and me; my 6-year-old daughter went up ‘on the house’. We had a couple of shopping bags, which the little old man on the desk suggested we leave with him, which was very helpful.
If you suffer from claustrophobia or vertigo badly don’t even bother trying to go up. I suffer from both, but like to try anything. The spiral staircase (there is one to go up and one to come down) is very steep, narrow and basically goes straight up with no breaks to the top; which took us about 15 minutes.
Once at the top the views, on a clear day (which it was when we went up), are spectacular. Apart from the immediate views of Boston and the surrounding area, Lincoln Cathedral (35 miles away) and Hunstanton across the wash (25 miles away) can both be seen.
At the top my son decided, for the first time in his life that he suffered from vertigo, so we did not have much time to enjoy the view. They both wanted to get down fairly quickly, which we did and then spent a little while admiring the interior of the church itself.
Both children said they would do it aga
in, now they know what to expect and I’m sure it will give them something to talk about when they get back to school.
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