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
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9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 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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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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Vanessa P
Calgary, Canada1,250 contributions
Mar 2022
Built by Christopher Wren the most famous architect to rebuild London after the fire of 1666 to celebrate the beginning of the reconstruction.
It is possible to climb up to the top, however, due Covid regulations the monument if closed - March 2022.
Written 3 May 2022
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Ottilia B
York, UK118 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
Loved this experience. Stairs were easily tackled by our kids (9&11) and the views were amazing on top. The certificates on the end were highly appreciated by the kids to prove we climbed up!
Highly recommend it!
Written 16 April 2022
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wombatdavid
Hobart, Australia2,007 contributions
Apr 2022
We had never seen this monument before and chanced upon it as we were wandering around. You can go up if you book ahead.
Written 15 April 2022
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Earthman1977
Polegate / UK41 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
Amazing value. Over 300 steps to the top but worth the climb. Gets quite cosy on the stairs when passing people going in the opposite direction but superb views from the top once you get there. Other than passing many whinging, unfit types on the stairs, there was nothing negative about this attraction.
Written 15 April 2022
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Stripeyhen
Norwich, UK14 contributions
Apr 2022
First time we had visited the Monument, worth a visit but lots of steep steps to get to the top. Amazing views, can see for miles and we even recieved a certificate!
Written 6 April 2022
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Snowdrop683
Norwich, UK41 contributions
Mar 2022 • Solo
The steps to the top of the monument are quite steep so be prepared. The stairwell is narrow so it's encouraged to leave bags at the base before going up. The trip doesn't take long to go up to the top and back down so the entry fee is a bit high. The view from the top is great but you can get a better one by booking to go up the Skygarden which is free.
Written 6 March 2022
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Kuldip Singh
Wolverhampton, UK321 contributions
Feb 2022 • Family
Very good memorial to the fire of London. Good to teach children about the past. Nice place to sit and relax. Worth a visit.
Written 26 February 2022
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Roberts69
Northampton, UK16,856 contributions
Feb 2022
I have visited London dozens of times over the years and always like to see something new on each visit... Today I visited the Monument to the Great Fire of London located at Pudding Lane where the Great Fire started in September 1666 which devastated two-thirds of the City. The column of the monument is 61m (202ft) tall which is equal to the distance from the spot where the monument stands to the bakers shop in Pudding Lane where the Great Fire started. The monument was built in 1671 - 1677 in consultation with Sir Christopher Wren (if St. Pauls fame!). You can go un inside the column to a viewing balcony which affords great views across London to Tower Bridge, however I did not get chance to do this as it was closing early when I arrived. The cost to go inside is £5.40 for an adult and £2.70 for a child aged 5 - 15 years old. I liked the area around the monument with the 'Fire Fire London's Burning' concrete benches and educational information boards explaining the history of the monument and the Great Fire. Glad I stopped by to take a look at this historic monument to a very historic event.
Written 21 February 2022
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Theresa M
Nottingham, UK288 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
311 steps to the top up a windy staircase with no passing places for the coming up or down! But if you are fit enough and don’t mind the wind the view Is well worth the climb to the top.

Doesn’t take long but definitely something to fit in if you have time. You get a certificate once you’ve done it too.
Written 8 February 2022
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emmap0302
Bedford, UK23 contributions
Feb 2022 • Family
Yes, there are a lot of stairs! But as a family of four with a girl of ten and a boy of six we managed just fine! It is a long way up, but hang on in there!
There are some notable viewings from the viewpoint. We visited on a windy, cold February morning and our son was still over the moon at having done it after learning about the fire of London in school. A family of four was around *£16, so not too bad.
Written 5 February 2022
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