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London: The Monument to the Great Fire of London (Attractions)

London: The Monument to the Great Fire of London (Attractions)


Nearest Stations: Monument, Bank and Cannon Street
Address: Fish St Hill, London, EC3R 8AH
Entry price: Adults – £4.50, Concessions – £3, Children (under 16) – £2.30
Typical opening hours: From 9:30 to 17:30 daily from October to March. There is a late closing at 18:00 from April to September. Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.
Phone: 0207 626 2717
Tickets: Buy on the door - cash only.

The Monument, a 202 ft (62m) tall Doric column, is the tallest freestanding stone column in the world. It was created to commemorate the Great Fire of London and it is located at the northern end of London Bridge. 

The Monument contains a narrow staircase with 311 steps, which you can climb for a view of the city. You do have to be in decent physical shape to make it up to the top – and it is not suitable for those who suffer from claustrophobia, despite the small windows on the way up. A mesh safety cage restricts the view slightly at the top.

On the way out of The Monument, you are given a certificate with a nice picture and some detail about the Fire.

Be sure to read the inscriptions at the base of the column which describe events around the fire: the south side describes King Charles II’s actions following the fire, the east side describes how the fire started, and the north side contains a description of the damages caused by the fire.

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