Climb to the top of The Monument (Jan 2015)

Monument, Monument Street, The City, London 51.510176 -0.08592
Dates & Time:
Every day
9:30 AM to 6 PM (Apr-Sep)
9.30 AM to 5.30 PM (Oct-Mar)
Tickets & Cost:
Adult £4; Senior £2.70; Child (under-16) £2
Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult
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The Monument was built by Sir Christopher Wren in the 1670s, as a reminder of the damage caused by the Great Fire of London.

It might be difficult to believe now, being surrounded by so many high offices, but this used to be London's tallest building. It was actually the city's first purpose-built viewing platform, and still offers some decent views of nearby landmarks.

The column measures 203-feet from top to bottom -- the exact distance from its base to Pudding Lane, where the fire broke out. The 311 stone steps wind around the inner core until they open out into a wire-enclosed balcony. The 360-degree view includes the city skyscrapers in the Square Mile, Tower Bridge and the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral.

Note: Whilst the climb is not too strenuous, Craig does recommend — through experience! — that you are confident of your ability to climb a lot of steep stairs before you set out. They are no rooms on the way up, so the only way to take a rest is to sit on the stairs or an occasional window-sill. If you are unluckily enough to get some other people coming down at the same time as you are going up, you'll both end up hugging the wall like a shadow. We suggest reading his review of The Monument before you go, so you can get an idea of what it's like.

If you enjoy climbing up tall buildings then you might like to check out our page full of other viewing spots in London.

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