Address: Monument Street, London, EC3, United Kingdom
Telephone: 0207 626 2717

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Climb up this 17th-century column for a fine view of the City.

The Monument is a fine and upstanding Doric column that was built in 1671-7 to commemorate the Great Fire of London that destroyed a substantial part of the City in September 1666. Its height - 201 feet (61 metres) - is its exact distance from where the fire broke out in a baker's house in Pudding Lane. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Dr Robert Hooke, the base is covered in Latin inscriptions commenting on this momentous event in the capital's history (look for brass plaques offering a translation), while at the top is a symbolic flaming urn. Re-opened in February 2009 after a £4.5m restoration, I find the Monument an engaging work of single-minded celebration standing proud and defiant in our busy modern world. The ascent - get ready for 311 spiralling steps - could be a bit of a squeeze for some but the views from the small balcony near the top are just about worth it - sadly a protective wire cage means the opportunities for photography are limited.

Value for money

Price advice

Admission is £3 adults, children £1, concessions £2. Combined tickets including entry to the Tower Bridge Exhibition (a 15 minute walk west) are also available.

Expert tips

Space is tight with only around 30 visitors allowed in at one time, so you may have to wait at popular periods such as school holidays.

Wrap up in winter - it can be cold and windy at the top!

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Great views / scenery
  • Sightseeing
  • History