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The Monument to the Great Fire of London

Monument St., London EC3R 8AH, England
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A permanent reminder of the Great Fire of 1666, the Monument commemorates one of the most famous events in London's history. Standing regally on the piazza between Fish Street Hill and Monument Street, the 202ft column designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Dr Robert Hooke, celebrates the City which rose from the ashes. The Monument invites you to climb its 311 spiral steps and enjoy one of the best views over the City.
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Monument St., London EC3R 8AH, England
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Reviewed 6 October 2017

I hadn't realised you could climb up inside! 311 steps up a fairly small spiral staircase - it is a long climb but well worth it for the view! A great view of the river ,Tower Bridge and the Shard and very reasonable at £5...More

Thank RoaminNome
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

There are a lot easier ways to see the views of the city than climb 300 steps to the top. Memorial is very cool and the history is important. Your showed us the homes that they leveled to prevent the fire from spreading. Very interesting.

Thank wick1979
Reviewed 2 October 2017

It's quite demanding getting to the top, but the views are rewarding. There is nothing available at the site to inform you about the history giving rise to the Monument. Perhaps a few plaques on the wall with outline information about the structure might add...More

Thank swiss_steve59
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Over 300 steps to the top so not for the faint hearted but well worth it for the views. The steps are uniform and reasonably easy to climb!! The staff on the door only allow so many people at one time to ascend so patience...More

Thank beinna
Reviewed 28 September 2017

This was a most enjoyable visit. There are a lot of steps and you can feel quite dizzy going up. The views are good on a fine day. This is a very reasonably priced and low key, which makes it all the better.

Thank roseyposey1983
Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

Easy to miss in London’s built up streets the Monument is a tall column built in the 1660’s to commemorate the great fore of London. Take a moment to look at the inscription before climbing. Only £5 to climb (less for children) there is a...More

Thank Kath M
Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

This is highly recommended and if you are going to Sky Garden this is a 5-10 minute walk away. A winding staircase will get you up the more than 300 steps and 60 meters. Even surrounded by office buildings you will still get a good...More

Thank Bo F
Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

Apart from all the giant attractions that take 3+ hours, visiting the historic Monument was a short and sweet activity. Going up the 311-step winding staircase was fun and the view was fantastic. I do not recommend for people with any fears of heights. There's...More

Thank offspeedstuff
Reviewed 18 September 2017

A striking memorial to a disastrous fire in London's history. We partially stumbled upon it knowing it was somewhere in the area. Our two kids (12 and 8) had no trouble climbing the stairs with us, and we all enjoyed the view and chatting with...More

Thank billybob101
Reviewed 17 September 2017

We were convinced we would easily spot the 202 ft (62 m) tall Monument to the Great Fire of London (simply called ‘Monument’) from afar but it is surrounded by so many tall buildings we didn’t see it and had to look for ‘Monument Street’...More

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Edmund L
10 August 2017|
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Response from Dan B | Reviewed this property |
It depends how fit you are in terms of climbing the stairs. I would say that 5-10 minutes to climb, 10 minutes at the top and then a couple of minutes down. It does also depend on how busy the stairs and top is. 30 minutes... More
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Freddyminster
3 November 2016|
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Response from Domdomdomdom_13 | Reviewed this property |
It's reopened - not sure about Lord Mayor's show.
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ecko8
24 August 2016|
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Response from richiet44 | Reviewed this property |
During the week no queues, we went straight in when we visited, which was on a monday
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