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The Monument to the Great Fire of London

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Address: Monument St., London, England
Phone Number: 020 7626 2717
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This 202-foot high freestanding column (the tallest in the world) was built...

This 202-foot high freestanding column (the tallest in the world) was built by Christopher Wren in memory of those who died in the Great Fire of 1666.

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Came across this when visiting London recently. We weren't expecting much but found it very interesting and as it was open and such a lovely day we paid the £4 entrance fee (no... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Dorchester, United Kingdom

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Came across this when visiting London recently. We weren't expecting much but found it very interesting and as it was open and such a lovely day we paid the £4 entrance fee (no credit card facilities) and climbed the 311 steps to the top. Glorious views all round. That many steps up, meant that many steps down and being a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

While in London on a family break we decided to visit the Momument as my son has been learning about it at school. After a hike up the 311 steps I can honestly say it was the most amazing view and well worth the climb to the top

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Interesting tribute to the disastrous fire of so long ago. It is not handicap-accessible if your desire is to go to the top of the monument. There are 311 steps to climb to get to the top. The monument is interesting nonetheless. If it were to be placed on its side, the top of the monument would be in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

... are well worth walking up for the superb views from the top of this monument. We were lucky enough to be up there on a sunny (if windy!) Sunday morning and loved it. The monument itself is very impressive from the bottom.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Worth swinging by the monument if you're in the area and climbing up to see one of the best views of the city in a very historic setting! The monument itself if a hidden gem, it's tucked away between buildings, so it's almost surprising when you finally get to see the whole structure. You get a certificate when you finish... More 

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Climb up the 311 stairs to the top of the Monument. It’s 62 metres tall, and is 62 metres from the spot on Pudding Lane where the Great Fire of London started in 1666. Christopher Wren, the architect who rebuilt much of London following the fire, designed the Monument with Robert Hooke, and it was built between 1671 and 1677.... More 

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Dahlonega, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This tower with a gilded finial on top commemorates the Great Fire of London. To reach the viewing gallery at the top, there are 311 steps up a spiral staircase. From the top, the view is not as impressive as from the London Eye, though everything is at a much more human scale! At ground level there is a carved... More 

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Emsworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Monument is a refreshingly low-tech experience. No on-line booking, no complex pricing structure, no express lifts and no VIP areas. You just turn up, pay cash and walk up 311 steps to experience the magnificent view. It is a bit like a lighthouse inside with a spiral staircase taking you to the top. It is quite narrow and not... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bought a joint ticket with the tower bridge, easy walk along by the tower of London to join both on one day.Not for someone nervous of heights (me!) or claustrophobic (me!) at one point I was going to sit in the wall and sob, some dug out areas where the window slits are. It is very tight to pass people... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Cost's £4 to get up there but no lift so the big climb to the top . Just outside monument station from the top you can see Tower bridge and a lot of London itself .

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