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The Monument to the Great Fire of London

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Address: Monument St., London EC3R 8AH, England
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A permanent reminder of the Great Fire of 1666, the Monument commemorates...

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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I've always wanted to come to pudding lane since I was young just because you learn so much about the great fire of London but to actually be where it started is surreal. The... read more

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

we went up the monument - it is a bit more than 300 stairs, so a nice little exercise. unfortunately the platform on top is really small and it felt like they didn't really count the people they send upstairs. it got super-crowded up there. also the view is not sooo great - yes you get a nice view of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It's all about the view and the sense of achievement! There's not that many steps really and the effort is worth it for the view. It's the best view of London at such a cheap price. You get a full 360 view and outside too. You can leave bags at the bottom. Don't even think of taking a toddler up... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

You wouldn't really do this on its own, but it's near the Tower, HMS Belfast and the Tower Bridge experience. You get a discount if booking the monument and Tower Bridge experience together, which I would recommend. The Monument itself has 311 steps up (and the same number down), getting narrower near the top so you will need to turn... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I've always wanted to come to pudding lane since I was young just because you learn so much about the great fire of London but to actually be where it started is surreal. The monument is awesome. You can climb to the top for some ace views and you get a certificate of completion! I really wasn't expecting there to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The Monument to the great fire of London is certainly worth a visit whilst in London. Great views (after climbing 311 steps!) If you have mobility issue's however this may be 1 to avoid unfortunately. Admission under £5 as well so add it to the itinerary.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A serious amount of stone spiral stairs- take something to drink! You do get a certificate once you have climbed up and down the monument and I could see why! Not for the unfit or the claustrophobic but well worth it, good views of the river and the city.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great views from the top,but be prepared for the climb. Remember just as tiring coming down. Great monument to a shocking event in the history of London.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A piece of history now almost surrounded by tall buildings. Built to commemorate the great fire of London in 1666. You climb up 311 steep steps to reach the viewing deck. 360 degree view of London. Wonderful!Pity that the platform is encased with mesh ..... need to have few holes for camera lenses so that you do not get xxx... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to visit this with my fiancée, a really interesting monument to a horrific period of Londons history. Cheap to get into, the climb is hard going, but the view was well worth it. We went in a misty day and could still see plenty, so don't let the weather put you off just wrap up on the colder days.... More 

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Well worth the climb but perhaps not for those who suffer claustrophobia as staircase is pretty compact, or those who suffer vertigo.

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