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The Monument to the Great Fire of London

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Address: Monument St., London EC3R 8AH, England
09:30 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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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Historic monument with quite some touristic traffic and great views of other important London sights.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Historic monument with quite some touristic traffic and great views of other important London sights.

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Only £5 311 steps up a very long and narrowing stair case. Amazing views are the top. Great value got money. At the end you get an information sheet which is really good and answers all the questions you will probably ask on your way up about the tower. Defiantly worth a visit.

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The monument commemorates the great fire and begs you to climb the 311 steps to enjoy a nice view of London. Not being a tall tower, the views are good, but not competing with the Tower Bridge or other tall buildings' vistas. Due to the heightened security, you cannot bring even your small backpacks (meaning that if you're two, you... More 

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You need to be able to climb steps. This is a tall tower that has information about the great fire but more importantly an amazing view of London. Well worth the climb and entry fee. Plan 20-30 min in total.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I think the monument is so under rated! We decided to visit and climb it on a whim, and are so glad we did. Such a great experience. The stairs are a tad tricky, but my husband managed to climb them with our 2 year old on his back, so they can't be that bad. Lovely views up the top,... More 

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its 311 steps to the top but worth every step once you get to see the views. £5 ea to visit but well worth it

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Me and a friend decided to climb the stairs up the monument and enjoy a little nice view over London. The 311 steps were manageable - not easily though for unfit me - yet still got up in 5.5 min... entry is reasonable and not as overpriced as so many other places in London and you get a neat little... More 

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Sitting at the bottom of Pudding lane symbolising the Great Fire of London. You can climb the 311 steps to the top and get a little certificate once you've completed it. The views from the top are good. If you are in the area and have lots of time it's worth a visit, otherwise it's not that great. It takes... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We lucked out finding this special place. This tower was put up for the lost of the great fire in London. If you cannot climb stairs, stay away. We had free admission from the London Pass. The views of London are amazing.

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When I booked the Sky Garden I noticed that monument was only a 3 minute walk away. On our approach we saw Sir Christopher Wren! He was addressing a group of school children. Their enthusiasm was infectious. Entrance fee is £5, concessions £3.50. To reach the viewing platform you have to ascend 311 steps in a form of a spiral... More 

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