The Monument to the Great Fire of London

The Monument to the Great Fire of London

The Monument to the Great Fire of London
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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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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 neighborhoods. 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 neighborhood is also home to some of the finest restaurants and plushest hotels in Europe, in addition to an assortment 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.
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  • Cannon St • 5 min walk
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  • Edward
    Santa Rosa, California1,974 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Views from The Top of the Monument
    The Monument to the Great Fire of London, also called simply The Monument, is just that, a monument and more specificlly a tall column. However, it has a spiral staircase inside going all the way to the top, with a baclony all the way around the top. The baclcony is fully enclosed in safety mesh along with the railing, to ensure safety but also allowing good views. This is a nice walk up and gives great views of the City of London and surrounding area. There's a fee and you get a souvenir paper for doing it. I just walked up and had to wait about 5 to 10 minutes before going in. You walk up at your own pace and stay up and take in the views at your own pace.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled solo
    Written April 30, 2023
  • ste141
    Exeter, United Kingdom173 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My visit
    I arrived just before it opened. A family went in before me and I had to wait a little while, while they went up. I paid and asked the man about a guide book or if they had something about the history of it. They only had something for children, but everyone got a certificate with a bit of history on it he told me. I had to take it very slowly, as it was quite a warm and sunny day. As I neared the top, the family were on the way down. But, there was enough space for them to pass me. As it was sunny, I had a great view of London in the sunshine. As I slowly, descended, an American woman was coming up. Again, there was enough space for her to pass me. At the bottom, I felt a bit dizzy as I had to walk down and round in circles. The staff told me to take it easy, as I walked off, after being given my certificate. I, soon, felt a lot better. I would recommend this attraction, if you don’t mind climbing. But, you must do it on a sunny day.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 25, 2023
  • Michael A
    Nassau, New Providence Island1,899 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice view, well worth the entrance price
    During my previous three visits to London, the Monument was closed. I was on the District Line Tube heading towards Aldgate East to meet up with a friend for dinner. As I had over an hour of time to kill, I decided to get off the Tube at Monument Station to see if the Monument was open. It was! I didn't have an advance ticket, but it wasn't required. I bought a ticket for GBP 6 at Monument and climbed the 311 steps to the top. The view from the top was very nice and well worth the ticket price. I highly recommend visiting and climbing to the top of Monument whilst you're in London.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 18, 2023
  • Zoe S
    Harrogate, United Kingdom23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent experience if you can do the steps!
    I had just visited the Sky Garden but this was so much better. I didn’t know you could enter this fabulous old monument until I saw a lady at the entrance on my way back to the tube. There are 311 steps of a marvellous spiral staircase, I am oldish and thought it was never ending, but younger folk were marching up there. The views at the top are amazing and well worth the climb. Even at my age I was very pleased to receive a certificate on my return to the exit. A great experience!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 4, 2023
  • TUBB1985
    Andover, United Kingdom45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable short experience
    It's a high climb but the staircase is well maintained and fairly shallow treads so not too taxing on the legs. It does narrow at the top but just stand to side and people can pass easily. Great starting place if trying to encourage a love of history in a young child. Our 6 year old enjoyed the climb and the views from the top. With a 2 4 1 voucher with train ticket I think it was £11 for three of us. You might not see as much as something like the Eye but it's a fraction of the cost and a nice little time filler. You do have to leave bags at the bottom but you really don't want the extra weight on the climb or awkwardness passing peoplr
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 25, 2023
  • Stardoe
    68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Terrific View
    311 steps later you get an amazing 360 degree view of London. The certificate of attainment at the end certainly was appreciated. No info here, just the exprience, the fitness workout and the view. Shop down below. Really cheap entry at around 6 pounds, but we used our London Pass. The site where the Fire started is nearby which the attendants pointed out. Great experience if you are relatively fit.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 20, 2024
  • The Codnor Traveller
    Codnor, United Kingdom63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent, dominating monument.
    The Monument to The Great Fire of London is 202ft high column in The City of London, erected in 1677 to commemorate the Great Fire of London in 1666 which destroyed large swathes of Medieval London. The Monument is made of Dorset Portland stone and atop it sits a gilded urn blazing with fire - though not literally of course. As a sight it is impressive to behold. In an area awash with huge, tall office blocks and skyscrapers, this Monument somehow manages to dominate the landscape. It's height of 202ft, far from being an arbitrary figure, is the exact distance from the Monument to the spot on Pudding Lane where the Fire began. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Eobert Hooke (who was responsible for over half of the city's reconstruction after the fire) this structure's central shaft also serves as a zenith telescope and there is access to an underground laboratory (I'm not sure whether this can still be accessed) where scientific studies into pendulums and gravity could be conducted. Quite why this is the case I do not know. You can go into the Monument and ascend the spiraling staircase within. We opted not to, having been on our feet all day and not facing the 311 steps to the top. I definitely will do it one day though. Around the base of the column are various inscriptions, some of which are pretty hard to read and could use a little TLC if I am honest, along with some lovely sculptures of dragons and the like. These had some renovarion/restoration work carried out on them a few years ago and so are looking good. The gift still shines and all in all this is a beautiful structure that I always try and take time to visit when I am in London. I shall be visiting again, and might even ascend the staircase next time.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 31, 2024
  • L H
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views
    I really enjoyed my visit to the Monument. The views were beautiful and the price point is exactly right. I only took one star off due to the uncontrolled children that pushed past me on those treacherous stone steps. It happened once with a little girl running past me and again when a small boy pushed me while running on the stairs on my way down. Those stairs are steep and dangerous. The only handrail is only on one side. I think that entry should be limited to one child per adult and that the parents and children should be instructed that there should be no running on the stairs. It's just too dangerous to have children running wild and pushing people. It is unfortunate that people need to be told such a common sense thing but many parents do need the reminder. The children were too young to understand but their parents were old enough to know better. It would probably damage the building too much to put a ring and cable railing along the outside wall. I am glad I went but please consider a 'no running or playing on the stairs' condition of entry for children before somebody has a terrible life changing fall.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 14, 2024
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Brian T
London, UK6,782 contributions
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Jun 2022 • Solo
This is a popular and historic tourist attraction in London. The column, designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Dr Robert Hooke, was built to commemorate the Great Fire of 1666 and stands on the small cobbled piazza between Fish Street Hill and Monument Street, and very close to Pudding Lane which is widely known as the location of Thomas Farriner's bakery, where the Great Fire of London started in 1666. It was built between 1671 and 1677 not online to commemorate the devastating fire but to celebrate the rebuilding of the City. It’s been attracting visitors since it opened in 1677.

It comprises a circular Doric column built of Portland stone, and is topped by a gilded urn to represent fire. The Monument is 202 feet tall, apparently the same distance from the spot where the Great Fire is said to have started.

It’s certainly worth a visit, especially for the views from the observation deck at the top, as there are some great 360 degree views across London.

Here’s some practicalities to keep in mind when planning your visit:

1. The Monument is usually only open on weekends, and during school holiday periods. On the days that it is open, it is closed between 13:00 and 14:00.
2. There are 311 steps up a spiral staircase to the observation deck at the top. It’s quite narrow, but not an arduous climb by any means.
3. There is no lift, hence no access to those using mechanical mobility assistance.
4. There is a bag search before you start the climb. Large bags and cases are not permitted.
5. The observation deck at the top is completely fenced; the wire fencing may hinder your photography.
6. An adult ticket costs £5.80; a ticket for a senior with ID is £4.40. You’re given a certificate after your visit. Tickets can be bought at the entrance, though visitors on the deck are limited to maintain safety, so you may have to wait a bit for your turn to climb the stairs.
7. It’s easily reached by public transport. It is right beside Monument Station for the Circle and District lines, and a short walk across London Bridge from London Bridge mainline station..

Enjoy your visit; it should be included on the itinerary of all visitors to London.
Written September 23, 2022
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Roberts69
Northampton, UK18,330 contributions
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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 February 21, 2022
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Baartos
35 contributions
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Sep 2019
The Monument looks great and moreover offers great view of London and perhaps the best view of the Tower Bridge during the lifting. To get to the top of the Monument, you need to climb over 300 quite narrow stairs, but it's worth the effort. Plus, you get a nice certificate after the visit.
Written February 3, 2020
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Snowdrop683
Norwich, UK129 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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 March 6, 2022
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KiwiKerry53
Wellington, New Zealand4,653 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
So the ticket came with our Tower of London tickets, but as our party had swelled by two people, the girls decided the Monument Pub was a better option!
I had no idea however, that the Monument was built to commemorate the Great Fire of London and to celebrate the rebuilding of the city.
It's an attractive monument and I like that it celebrates as well as commemorating. In my place I let my partner's grand daughter do the climb to the top on the condition they took some good photos - fairly cunning move I thought! The photographic record of the views was great.
Written February 13, 2020
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Steve P
Southampton, UK793 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
This is a must visit. The winding stairs are awesome (remember to take a photo at the bottom looking up - you'll need to lean out, and a photo looking down, spacing your family out so they all appear in the photo at different heights!)

The views from the top are great. And the monument is a piece of history.

If the monument were laid down, the flame at the top would mark where the fire started (which is a few feet beyond the plague on the road in Pudding Lane, as the fire started at the back of the baker shop, while the plague marks the front of the shop).

There is a toilet and some seating in Monument Square, and - appropriately, if you walk up Pudding Lane (turn left out of the square) you'll come to Greggs the baker, where you can buy some bakes and return to the square to eat them.
Written January 27, 2022
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Gareth B
Bayford, UK297 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Essential visit for kids. Not just a monument to the Great Fire of London but acts as a physical learning experience. The kids (and adults) get to climb the extremely steep winding staircase to the very top. Great views of the river and London’s landmarks.
1. You will always have to Queue (30mins-ish)
2. Queue area is not covered. So rain wear may be needed.
3. Costs £5 for adults £2.50 Kids
4. Must be physically fit.
5. Not for those scared of heights
Written February 19, 2020
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Ben F
Bloomington, IN1,546 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
I stumbled upon the Monument of the Great Fire of London purely by accident, but I was glad I did. It’s a touching remembrance of those who perished, and it’s also a signal of London’s resilience. You can climb steps to the top of the monument, which I recommend that able-bodied travelers do.

An excellent experience!
Written July 15, 2022
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Edward
Santa Rosa, CA1,974 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
The Monument to the Great Fire of London, also called simply The Monument, is just that, a monument and more specificlly a tall column. However, it has a spiral staircase inside going all the way to the top, with a baclony all the way around the top. The baclcony is fully enclosed in safety mesh along with the railing, to ensure safety but also allowing good views. This is a nice walk up and gives great views of the City of London and surrounding area. There's a fee and you get a souvenir paper for doing it. I just walked up and had to wait about 5 to 10 minutes before going in. You walk up at your own pace and stay up and take in the views at your own pace.
Written April 30, 2023
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SteveS1959
Coventry, UK106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We didn't set off with the intention of going up The Monument but when we walked past the queue didn't seem too long so up we went. You my need a little rest every now and then but the climb wasn't too bad and the views are worth the effort. We were also there late in the afternoon which might have mean that it was less busy so we had plenty of room to move around on the viewing level.
Written February 24, 2020
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