A symbol of destruction and restoration
The Monument is a Doric column made of stone standing 202 ft (62 m) tall crowned with a gilded urn of fire, representing the Great Fire of London of 1666. Its height matches the distance between where the column is and Thomas Farynor’s bakery, where the fire started.
At the base of the Monument, you’ll see a bas-relief that represents the beginning of the fire, the destruction of London and its prior restoration and construction of The Monument.
By climbing a narrow winding staircase of 311 steps, you will reach the top of The Monument and enjoy a view of the Tower Bridge area.
Better from outside
The Monument commemorates one of the saddest events that took place in London and the visit to see the column is worthwhile, although we recommend not climbing the 311 steps, as the views leave a great deal to be desired. If you decide to reach the top of The Monument, at the end of your visit you will be given a document to certify your visit.
Another interesting monument that commemorates the Great Fire of London is the “Golden Boy of Pye Corner”, located on the corner of Giltspur Street and Cock Lane in Smithville. It marks the spot where the fire was extinguished.
April – September: 9:30am - 6:00pm (last admission 5:30pm)
October – March: 9:30am – 5:30pm (last admission 5:00pm)
The Monument is closed from 24 – 26 December.
Children (5-15 years old): £2.30
Students and Seniors: £3
The Monument + Tower Bridge: £11. (Students: £7.50)
Free entry with the London Pass.
Tube: Monument (District and Circle lines), London Bridge (Northern and Jubilee lines)
Buses: 17, 521, 21, 43, 133, 141, 48 and 149.
Train: Fenchurch Street or Tower Gateway.