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The Monument to the Great Fire of London

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Address: 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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Interesting monument to visit, especially if you like the history of London. You can climb up the monument and see a view of the city from the top for £3 (I think), so it is a... read more

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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I visited this attraction, climbed the 311 steps. It is an excellent cardio workout climbing those stairs. But beware the steps are pretty narrow and it can get a bit crowded going up and down. But the view at the top is really nice, once you actually manage to get up there. No elevator so not recommended for people who... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Interesting monument to visit, especially if you like the history of London. You can climb up the monument and see a view of the city from the top for £3 (I think), so it is a cheaper alternative to going on the London eye etc, though views will not be as good. The climb takes about 5-7mins up a winding,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went here as I remember learning about the Fire of London. There's a lot of stairs and the stairs are narrow, so just have to be careful when passing people. Once you get to the top, the view is amazing of London. Price wise it is cheap but cash only.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is probably one of the cheapest attractions in London. If you can manage all of the stairs, you get an amazing view at the top on the viewing platform, however i wouldn't recommend this attraction to anyone who is scared of heights or is claustrophobic.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Was able to walk here from our hotel so decided to stop by for a quick visit. Its over 300 steps to the top which may sound daunting but if you take your time, its very doable. I saw many elderly people making it up as well. The stairwell is very narrow and if someone is coming down while you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A visit to this momument puts you at the place the Great Fire of London took place in 1666. Wonderful history about the event and how it impacted building standards going forward in London!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The story of this monument is incredible. After the great fire, this monument was commissioned and it is even shaped like a candle! The gold on the top is gorgeous!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love the mix of old & new buildings that London has. The Monument is just a short walk from the new & incredibly modern Sky Garden (Walkie Talkie) building & all the other iconic city skyscrapers. It is there as a monument to The Great Fire Of London. Entrance fee of £4.50 is incredibly cheep, but you soon discover... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nominal entrance fee - well worth the visit to this monument built 350 years ago. 311 steps up a winding narrow spiral staircase (no other way to the top) where you have to stop and let those going the other way squeeze past you. Great views of central London sky-line from the 360-degree viewing platform at the top. If you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The monument is huge and is a great remembrance of the great fire. My kids enjoyed it as a quick stop on a car tour, but I wouldn't go out of my way too much to see it. Not too many people around and in an interesting area - very historical and now surrounded by the skyscrapers.

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