The Monument to the Great Fire of London, commonly referred to as The Monument, is a stone column that was built between 1671 and 1677 to commemorate the Great Fire of London and to celebrate the rebuilding of the City.
The monument stands at the junction of Fish Street Hill and Monument Street, near the northern end of London Bridge. It is 202 feet in height and is located 202 feet west of Pudding Lane, where the Great Fire started.
The Great Fire of London
The great fire of London was one of the most devastating fires in English history. It started in the early hours of Sunday, 2 September 1666 in a bakery on Pudding Lane in the City of London. The fire spread rapidly through the city, destroying more than 13,000 houses and 87 churches, including St Paul’s Cathedral. Hundreds of people were killed and more than 70,000 were left homeless. The fire was finally brought under control on Wednesday, 5 September after four days of burning.
It was one of the worst disasters to hit London and had a huge impact on the city’s architecture and infrastructure. The great fire destroyed two thirds of the City of London and gutted medieval streets and buildings. In its wake, a new city was built with wider streets and more regular building plots.
visit the monument
the top op the monument can be reached by climbing 311 steps. When on top a fantastic 360 degree view of the Tower Bridge area can be enjoyned. Be adviced that the climb is not suitable for people with mobility difficulties or people that use a wheelchair.
daily from 09:30-13:00 and 14:00-18:00
tickets are not available online but have to be bought at the attraction. The amount of visitors is regulated to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable visit, it is therefore possible you have to wait a short while.
Tickets cost around 6 pound for an adult and 3 pound for a child.
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