The Monument to the Great Fire of London

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The Monument to the Great Fire of London

The Monument to the Great Fire of London
4.5
Historic Sites • Observation Decks & Towers • Monuments & Statues
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
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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The area
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Neighbourhood: City of London
From its ancient past as a Roman trading outpost to its 21st century status as the wealthiest square mile in the world, the financial district known simply as “The City” is one of London's most historic and fascinating neighbourhoods. Here high rise office towers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin mingle with Roman ruins and architectural marvels from virtually every era in between, including Christopher Wren's glorious St.Paul's Cathedral, and John Soane's dauntingly classicist Bank of England. This neighbourhood is also home to some of the finest restaurants and plushest hotels in Europe, in addition to an assortment of of watering holes, upscale shops, and Tube stations. During the week, the City is abuzz with white collar workers going about their business; the weekend sees this area turn into a quiet haven for sightseers.
How to get there
  • Monument • 1 min walk
  • Cannon St • 5 min walk
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK1,296 contributions
Impressive Column
Mar 2021
I have been aware of the tube station Monument for many years however I did not realise it is related to the Monument to the Great Fire of London.

It is located near the Monument tube station which is served by the Circle and District lines and it it is right next to London Bridge which crosses the River Thames.
It is a very impressive, tall column which as previously stated is a tribute to the Great Fire of London on the site of one of the buildings that was destroyed in the fire.

I would not consider it a "must see" attraction but if you are interested in the history of London it is worth checking out.
Written 2 April 2021
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Sally62
Northampton, UK4,576 contributions
Interesting historical site
Dec 2019
Just back from the Thames near London Bridge, this monument is worth a visit. You can climb to the top up a spiral staircase but that's not for me. Definitely worth a visit if you are nearby.
Written 30 November 2020
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Wildcat7400
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia783 contributions
In Passing
Nov 2019
My travelling buddy, her son Raez & I passed by the Monument on our way to a Burger & Lobster branch.

We took some photos of the Monument & went about our way. Thinking back, we should have visited it as it was part of London’s history.

The Monument was built to commemorate the devastating fire more than 350 years ago & the rebuilding of the city of London. The Fire began in a Bakery which was 202 feet away from the Monument. Accordingly the fire lasted for 4 days & destroyed one third of the city. The destruction was so great that Parliament & the King agreed to build the Monument to remember such a huge disaster. The Monument is 202 feet tall & has a viewing platform on top.

Moreover, it was included in the London Pass. Otherwise, tickets are priced at £5.40. One can climb the 311 steps to the top to enjoy the City’s view & the extent of the Fire’s reach.
Written 29 October 2020
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Geoff H
Cranbrook, UK10,480 contributions
A very interesting piece of London history
Aug 2020
Tucked away in a side street just off London Bridge, this is a very interesting piece of London history. It is a shame that, in this time of the Covid pandemic, it is not posible to climb to the top but it is still worth making a detour just to have a look at it.
Written 21 August 2020
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KodoDrummer
Yekaterinburg, Russia63,771 contributions
Monument commemorating 1666's The Great Fire Of London
Nov 2019
No elevator. There are 311 steps up a narrowing spiraling staircase to get to the top. Walkway narrows as you get closer to the top. Mess wiring observation deck. Lot of tall buildings are blocking the view.
Written 20 May 2020
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Camda
Wellington, New Zealand561 contributions
Great to do if fit and not scared of heights
Dec 2019 • Solo
Fun to do. A steep climb up a very narrow stone spiral staircase. Tiny viewing platform from the top rewards you with great cityscape views. Reasonable price and fun to do. Don’t recommend if you’re unfit, claustrophobic or scared of heights!
Written 4 May 2020
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jfpTexas
Texas348 contributions
Many steps up! Or down!
Jun 2019
I have been to London 3x now and have always wanted to go here, to climb to the top. It was raining the day we went but it stopped when we were at the top! Gorgeous views and I loved the "certificate" we got after we trekked back down the spiral staircase.
Written 18 March 2020
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Geoff H
Cranbrook, UK10,480 contributions
Worth seeking out
Mar 2020
Found on the square between Fish Street and Monument Street at the north end of London Bridge, the Monument stands 202 feet high. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Dr Robert Hook, the Monument, originally a scientific instrument for, amongst other things, gravity and pendulum experiments, commemorates the Great Fire of London in 1666; one of the most significant events in London's long and varied history. Architecturally it is fluted Doric column built of Portland stone and topped with a golden orb. Inside there are 311 spiral steps leading to a public viewing platform 160 feet above sea level. I first climbed those steps one lunch time over 50 years ago. Then the Monument was not surrounded by the tall buildings which encompass it today and the view from that platform was much more interesting. Even so, it is still worth seeking out and it is nicely illuminated at night.
Written 18 March 2020
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Alice R
Hobart, Australia7,892 contributions
Drive by
Mar 2020 • Friends
We saw this on our hop on hop off bus tour and didn't think it was worthy of a stop but it does stand out amongst the other buildings in the area.
Written 15 March 2020
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Graham M
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK310 contributions
An ambition fulfilled
Mar 2020
At last, I managed to tick this off my bucket list. The 311 steps are not for the faint-hearted, but the 360-degree view at the top was worth it. Stay a while and look at familiar buildings but also don’t miss the rooftops including some spectacular gardens.
Written 15 March 2020
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