The Monument to the Great Fire of London

The London Pass Access to The Monument to the Great Fire of London with The London Pass Normally £4.50 - Included with London Pass

Enjoy fantastic views of the city at the top of The Monument to the Great Fire of London while learning about a pivotal moment in the city’s history. 

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren (architect of the 51 city structures, including the iconic St. Paul's Cathedral), The Monument was built to commemorate the Great Fire of London and is one of the best ways to enjoy spectacular views of London while learning about an important moment in London's history. 

Standing 202 feet high and 202 feet from the spot on Pudding Lane where the great fire is thought to have started, The Monument to the Great Fire of London is the tallest isolated stone column in the world. All visitors who climb the 311 steps are awarded a certificate to prove that they made it to the top.

Enjoy access to The Monument to the Great Fire of London with The London Pass® 

  • Pay nothing but the pass price.
  • Take in sweeping panoramic views of the city.
  • Discover how the city reshaped itself after the devastating Great Fire of London. 

 
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- The Monument history

- The Monument highlights

- The Monument facts

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- Know before you go

- Make the most of your London Pass®

- How to get there

 

The Monument history

When fire spread from Thomas Farynor’s bakery at 2 am on Sunday 2nd September 1666, more than 86% of London was razed to the ground and 130,000 people lost their homes in what was later called the Great Fire of London. 

It had been a dry summer. This combined with the fact that most London homes at that time were made of wood meant that the fire that started at Farynor’s bakery would move at speed. With no fire service to call upon, the city residents fled to the river where they bundled their possessions onto boats or ventured to fields outside London where they set up shelter. Buckets of water, water squirts and fire hooks were used to tame the flames that leapt between houses, carried by strong winds. After sweeping through the city on a path of devastation, the fire finally died out on the fourth day. 

The Monument commemorates this, one of the most significant events in the city’s history. Over 230,000 visitors climb The Monument's 311 spiral steps every year to take in the sweeping panorama of London, once scorched, since risen from the ashes. Dr Robert Hooke and Christopher Wren joined forces to create The Monument, which took six years to complete. It opened to the public in 1677. 

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The Monument highlights

  • Discover an exceptional view of the city.
  • Learn about The Monument and everything it represents. 
  • Take part in the events and enjoy interactive elements hosted by the attraction. 

 
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The Monument facts

  • The Monument is the oldest ticketed attraction in London and attracts around 230,000 visitors who come each year to tackle its 311-step spiral staircase and take in the panorama at the top. 
  • The viewing platform is situated 160 feet (48.7 metres) above ground level. 
  • The Monument stands on a plaza where Monument Street and Fish Street Hill meet in the City of London. The location of The Monument is very deliberate.
  • It is erected on the site where St. Margaret’s, Fish Street once stood. St. Margaret’s was the first church to be destroyed during the Great Fire of London.
  • It is also just 202 feet (61 metres) from the baker’s house on Pudding Lane where the Great Fire started. 
  • A gilded urn that sits atop the Portland Stone Doric column is filled with fire, to symbolise the tragic events of 1666.

 
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Events at The Monument

For events and interactive elements hosted by The Monument, check the official site
 
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Know before you go

The Monument is reached by climbing 311 steps. Unfortunately due to the nature of the attraction, it is not suitable for people with mobility difficulties wheelchair users. The Monument operates a 100% bag search - all bags, rucksacks, packages and personal items will be searched before entry is permitted. Visitors are advised to allow additional time for security checks. Check the official website for more


Getting in

Present your London Pass at the main entrance.
 
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Don't forget to visit Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, both of which are included on The London Pass®.  

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How to get there

Underground 

Monument (District and Circle lines) and London Bridge (Northern and Jubilee lines) 

Rail

London Bridge, Cannon Street, Fenchurch Street and DLR Tower Gateway  

River 

Tower Pier and London Bridge City Pier

Bus Stop

Monument (Stop Q & P) - Buses: 17, 21, 35, 40, 43, 47, 48, 133, 141, 149, 344, 521

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Getting to The Monument to the Great Fire of London

Getting to The Monument to the Great Fire of London

  • The Monument to the Great Fire of London Monument Street London
  • Closest Underground Station Monument (District and Circle lines) and London Bridge (Northern and Jubilee lines) | Rail stations: London Bridge, Cannon Street, Fenchurch Street and DLR Tower Gateway | River: Tower Pier and London Bridge City Pier
  • Closest Bus Stop Monument (Stop Q & P) - Buses: 17, 21, 35, 40, 43, 47, 48, 133, 141, 149, 344, 521

Opening Times

Monday 09.30 - 17.30
Tuesday 09.30 - 17.30
Wednesday 09.30 - 17.30
Thursday 09.30 - 17.30
Friday 09.30 - 17.30
Saturday 09.30 - 17.30
Sunday 09.30 - 17.30
Last Admission: 17.30

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