I can't remember how long ago it was that I booked these tickets, but on a recent rainy Bank Holiday, I finally got the chance to climb to the top of the Lord Hill's Column and look out over the town.
When I was little, we didn't live in town, and I remember the column being the thing to look out for on car journeys to indicate that we were almost at my grandparents house, so it holds fond memories for me. My dad told me that you used to be able to pay 50p to hire the key and walk up to the top, but these days it's only opened on rare occasions.
The view was pretty good, although the grey weather made it a little tricky to see things like The Wrekin, which aren't too far. We were able to look out over the town, though and point out things we recognised, or figure out what the things we didn't were, which was a rather enjoyable exercise and much more personal than just being up at the top of the Eiffel Tower, or on top of York Minster etc, as I have a lot more local knowledge about my own town, I guess.
Not very exciting for people who don't live locally, I guess, but I enjoyed it.