The Monument in the City of London was built by Sir Christopher Wren in 1667 after the Great Fire of London to send out the message that the "city would soon rise again". Visitors that make the climb to the top are rewarded with a 360-degree panoramic view of London.
Sir Christopher Wren's flame-topped Monument to the Great Fire of 1666 is the tallest isolated stone column in the world. Completed in 1677, The Monument stands 202 feet high (61 meters) and is positioned 202 feet (61 meters) from the spot on Pudding Lane where the Great Fire of London is believed to have started.
How to Reach the Top
There is no elevator/lift so the only way to the top of The Monument is to climb the 311 spiral steps. It is a narrow staircase and there is nowhere to stop and rest. Plus, you come down the same way so be prepared to pass other visitors going in the opposite direction.
Note: You don't actually climb right to the top as there is a gilded golden orb at the very top. Visitors can reach heights of 160 feet at the viewing "cage" and the very top measures 202 feet.
The Monument Review
The Monument reopened in February 2009 after an extensive restoration. There is now a pavilion with public toilets and facilities for staff at ground level.
It can get crowded at the top so don't try to stay for too long but do have a look out from all sides. As you would expect, there's not much room up at the top but you can pass each other if everyone breathes in. There aren't many iconic views but you can see Tower Bridge.
Top Tips When Visiting The Monument
- Don't take a large bag as it makes it harder to pass other people on the stairs. Leave bags with a friend at the bottom (there is no cloakroom) or simply don't bring much with you when visiting
- Do bring your camera as you will get to enjoy some fantastic views from the gallery "cage" at the top. Put your camera in your pocket or around your neck as you will need your hands free to hold onto the railings when you climb up and down
- There are talking telescopes in the "cage" to let you know what you can see
- Don't give up as those who climb all the way to the top (and back down again) receive a certificate
The Monument is located at the north end of London Bridge at the junction of Monument Street and Fish Street Hill, 61 meters from where the Great Fire of London started in 1666.
Address: The Monument, Monument Street, London EC3R 8AH
Nearest Tube Stations: Monument (District and Circle lines) and London Bridge (Northern and Jubilee lines)
Telephone: 020 7626 2717
Tickets: £4.50 per adult. £2.30 per child aged 5 to 15. There are combination tickets available for the Monument and the Tower Bridge Exhibition. Check current prices on the official website.
Opening Times: Open daily from 09.30 to 17.30 (last admission 17.00)
Visit Duration: 1 hour.