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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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Description: This 202-foot high freestanding column (the tallest in the world) was...
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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311 steps to the top

I've done this climb at least three times in the last five years and if you want to see some of the iconic city sights from the top I recommend you hurry up about it. There's... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

Have made several visits to London over the past years and never actually made it to the Monument to the Great Fire. Did not climb the steps however but several groups of people were waiting at the door for that "thrill". Hard to imagine the destruction that the fire caused but easy to understand given that most of the buildings... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Still difficult to imagine how devastating the fire must have been, not least the old cathedral and the medieval streets. But walking up the narrowing staircSe and looking out over the main sights and also the Wren church towers spires and more makes it a very satisfying and enthrawling experience. No queues and only four quid.

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

I'm not sure if it's the 311 steps you have to take, or if people simply do not know about it, but it was not busy when I went. I found the stairs to be a little shallow, and because it is narrow, take care if you need to pass people (or are going to be passed on the stairs).... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

I've done this climb at least three times in the last five years and if you want to see some of the iconic city sights from the top I recommend you hurry up about it. There's neighbouring construction site that will shortly completely block one of the vistas; such is progress. I climbed with my wife and three children (6,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

With 311 steps you'll be glad to get to the top! Spiral staircase so be careful and people will pass you on the stairs. Interesting views but a very small platform so do expect a squeeze at the top. Built by Sir Christopher Wren to commemorate the Great Fire of London. Lots of office buildings surround the monument but still... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

If you are a budget traveler this is the best offer to see London from the sky:-) Price 4 pounds is worth that. You should climb 311 steps up to top of the monument but view is great. after all youl get nice certificate that you´ve done it! I would never chage that for London eye view which is very... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The Monument marks the place where the Great Fire of London started in 1666. You take a narrow and dizzing flight of steps, and a mere 311 steps later, you can enjoy a very good view of the east end of the city, the Thames, and beyond. It's fairly cheap, no queues, and provides a bit of exercise too! Going... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I wanted to see some views of London from above without paying for the London Eye. I bought the combination ticket for the Tower Bridge experience and the Monument (separately, I believe the monument is about 2). The climb up is steep and narrow--definitely don't recommend for anyone who has vertigo or gets dizzy easily. The area at the top... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This was a fun thing to do and you are rewarded when you get to the top (334 steps) with incredible views over London. Costs next to nothing and I would highly recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

I enjoyed walking all 311 steps to the top, however, I guess some wouldn't like it but it is worth it. The views from the top are very good and you can see many of the sites of London. At £4 per person, it is far better value for money than the London Eye and there are no queues. It... More 

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Address: Monument St., London, England
Phone Number: 020 7626 2717
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > City of London
Open Hours:
Sunday 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

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