Completed in 1677 as a monument to the great fire of london this is a cheap fun thing to do if you are capable of climbing all those stairs in a tight(ish) space.
There is plenty of space for passing eachother on the stairs, and there are even a lot of small alcoves for 3/4s of the column to sit ot be passed.
At the top is enough space to snuggly fit about 20 people and the views are amazing, which you can check out in the pictures uploaded.
Well worth the £3, make sure you go pee beforehand! and dont look down the spiral!!!
After considering The Shard and being repelled by its £30 price, I wandered over to The Monument, where for £4 I could get a still pretty decent view of London, including the Shard itself. And you get some exercise in the process.
For claustrophobic people: yes, there are enclosed stairs but this is not as bad as much of the castles in Europe. The stairs are reasonably spacious but it takes awhile to get to the top.
I work opposite the Monument but had never gone up to the top until recently, which is surprising given that I love views of London.
It only cost £4 for an adult ticket and then a hefty 311 steps to the top which provided a good work out. At the top you get an impressive view of the City, although it is getting dwarfed by the new office blocks springing up on a daily basis. I love that the height of the Monument is the same distance to Pudding Lane where the Fire of London began. I would definitely recommend this to any visitor to London.
Combine a little exercise with great views of Southwhark and east/central London. 4 Euro fee in June 2014.
At the top, there is an amazing view of the various bridges in London as well as the Shard building. You can take quite breathtaking photos of the Tower Bridge and the Shard at the top. Definitely come on a sunny day though as I can imagine the fun would be totally lost on a rainy day as it can get quite cold and windy at the top of the tower. Other than that, definitely get the combo ticket to visit here and the Tower Bridge for a deal, and even cheaper for students at 6.20 pounds. The climb can be quite an ordeal, so I recommend this also only to people who can climb quite a few stairs to the top!
A great, not-too-touristy thing to do in London. Wonderful views from the top of 311 stairs, and a £1-£3 entrance fee plus a bit of exercise to work off those fish and chips make this a winner in a normally expensive city. Unlike 99% of London, at the top you can relax a little and take in the sights without a million things happening around you.
311 stairs. In a tight spiral. I started out trotting happily up the circular stairs, racing my cousin and thinking it would be a piece of cake--but by the time I got to the top I was practically crawling up the stairs and I thought my heart would burst from my chest. All that hassle just to get to the top and suddenly remember that I'm terrified of heights and too scared to look over the top anyway; I glued myself to the wall, despite the safety cage, and waited for my family to decide to end the torture. I've heard it's a lovely view.
A pretty monument to a terrible event. I believe the monument is standing in the same area where the Great Fire of London began. If you decide to pay the few £'s to go up, make sure you're in good shape!
1, 2, 3, 4, ...., 309, 310, 311! Hello London!
Want to see London from above? Skip the boring London Eye and climb up the monument: £3 for adults, £1 for kids it's a history lesson, a bit of exercise, a people watching position and a nice 30 mins time out from the smog below to admire this great city of London that once burned for 3 days.
My favourite fact is that the height of this tower is the same distance from the base of the monument to pudding lane where the trouble began over 300 years ago. So if the thing were to topple in exactly the right direction the golden flames at the top of this masterpiece would be at the original source of the fire. Nice touch Wren.
AND when you reach the bottom you get a fact filled certificate to scribe your name on and frame proudly on your wall. Well, that's what I'm doing with mine anyway...
London is filled with monuments, so I like the arrogance of its name: THE Monument. It's just open again after being closed for a year and a half for renovation.
As tourist attractions go, this is a good one. It was designed by Christopher Wren, architect of St. Paul's Cathedral, as a memorial to the Great Fire of London. It was the tallest monument in Europe at the time it was built, 210 feet tall, 210 feet away from where the great fire of London started.
For £3 (£1 for children) you can take the stairs all the way to the top, and your reward for climbing all those stairs is a fantastic panoramic view of London.
A penny a step with 11 thrown in for free. Unlike the twisted version of hell that is Covent Garden's version, there is two-way traffic on this spiral staircase. At least the railing looks stable. Mostly. I wouldn't want to lean on it, so when offered the choice I took the outside lane to pass. There is no rest area and no landing. It's just up and up and up, with the occasional party of kids passing you by.
Yes, the kids will look at you and mutter "Pardon me, gramps" and laugh as you stand there, trying to put your heart back into your chest as you make the climb. Even with the workout track cooking along on my iPod, I still had to rest at least once. Jeez, I'm only 43!
Once I did manage to make it to the top, the view was incredible. You could see for miles and miles and miles from every direction. Amazingly, only 200 feet up, I felt even more vertigo than when I did the Ledge at the Sears Tower in Chicago.
Other than being a great viewing platform, there is actually a purpose to the Monument that should not be forgotten. It is in memory of the great fire of 1666 that burned and nearly destroyed London. The tower is 202 feet tall, meaning that if it were laid on its side and this spot, the thistle at the top of the tower is exactly where the fire started in a bakery on Pudding Lane.
Do take time to read the plaques which list the terrible destruction of the Fire and the building of the Monument. It's in Latin but translated to English. And it's also available on the website.
If you're in this neck of the woods, you absolutely need to stop here and make the climb. It's totally worth it. Even if you had to pay for those extra 11 steps.
Just fun. 311 steps up. Only costs students 2 pounds. You walk up, take your pictures, enjoy the panoramic view.
This monument was particularly interesting to me just because it's built to pay respects to the Great Fire of 1666. Like dude, the fire lasted for three days and killed off 3/4ths of the city's property. Bad, ass, fire.
I got here late in the afternoon and there was practically no one there. The lady at the door taking money was sweet and friendly. Too bad I was backpacking -- I had to fold up my certificate I got after walking back down.
Totally recommended, if nothing more than for the novelty of it.
What's the quickest way to give yourself vertigo? Easy, run up the Monument stairs! At least you'll get to treat yourself to a spectacular view of the city. Come up on a sunny day so you really get to take advantage of the cityscape. It's a cheap tourist stop that packs in some history and gives you a killer workout in the process.
It's worth seeing for the Wren design and really, I think we need more excuses to go to the touristy parts of town on our own accord. I know I'm not technically a tourist anymore, but I get really involved in daily life that I sometimes like a reminder of what London has to offer and little stops like this can rekindle my love of the city. It doesn't take a lot of time to see unless you're terribly out of shape, so look up a place to grab some lunch or tea afterwards and hike on up for an afternoon in the city.
I was taken here by a friend last week and eventhough the idea of climbing 311 steps didnt sound very appealing, it was really worth it.
The views are spectacular! and you are also given a certificate stating that you have climbed it and explaining the history of the building... Fee was 3GBP.
Highly recommended to both tourists and locals, but be aware if you are claustrophobic as the spiral steps get really tight towards the top.
A good work out and a good view!
Whenever anyone of able body comes to London to visit me and I am in the area I will always take them to Monument.
For about £3 you can climb the 311 steps for some of the best panoramic views of the city.
I would give this a 5 star rating however the steps can be a little scary if you are scared of heights as I am and when it is busy it can be very frightening when people push past you on them.
The views however are worth getting over the fear!
I only found out yesterday that you could climb the Monument to the Great Fire of London 1666, but it's true - at least now, as it re-opened last week after 18 months of refurb.
But it was worth the tired feet, 15-minute queue to get in, £3 entry charge, 311 steps, and crowded staircase. It's a nice view: you can see St Paul's, the Eye, Battersea, and glimpse Parliament. It's an excellent view of the City and especially of Tower Bridge.
A much undervalued attraction in these days of the London Eye in my opinion, it is currently undergoing rennovation & cleaning at the time of this review.
Built near the site of the great fire of London as a tribute to those who died, lots of commercial building have sprung up around it which have swallowed it up a little.
The plaques at the base tell the story of the fire. To get to the top when I went I paid just £1.50. Make sure you are willing to get all the way along a narrow steep spiral staircase as there is no way down until you reach the top.
Spectacular views from the top, it can get very windy but you are safely enclosed. Before the cages were introduced people used to commit suicide regularly by jumping from the top.
This is the best way to burn off all those beer calories and get the best view of London. 311 stairs up and we had the most gorgeous views of London, and take some pictures while you're attempting to regain your breath.Then 311 steps back down and you get a certificate that's more impressive than my university diploma.
The best view in London. Really! For 3 quid you get history and a certificate with your name on it. Teh Win.
It was the most valuable 3 pounds I spent since I came to London. 311 steps and it's truly breath taking - yes it will literally take your breath away - it is an excellent place to get a spectacular view of London - wear good shoes and do not bring too much stuff as the stairwell is not spacious and you do have to carry with you all the way to the top but of course coming down was much easier!!
#602 My review for the Monument is very much tainted by the fact that Adam B. and I missed opening hours and didn't get the chance to walk all the way up, so read this with a grain of salt. Anyways, my biggest complaint is the fact that London officials somehow let the Monument become overshadowed by business buildings within a 100-feet radius in all directions. On its own, I'm sure the structure would be monolithic and impressive. But with all of the commercial buildings around, it's just another tall, phallic-shaped construct to stare at. Not to mention, it's so out of the way of most other London sights that I don't know if I would make a point to try to catch their opening hours again if I found myself in the city.
I came. I saw. I conquered. 311 steps to a decent view. And they give you a certificate. Mine will be framed when I get home.
If you want to enjoy the breathtaking view from the platform on top of the Monument, you have to wait until January 2009. The landmark is being restored right now - on the official website, you can find out about the progress of the work.
Monument is a really nice spot to get to see a really nice view of London - if you're up for the 311 stair climb! I believe its £3 for adults and £2 concession to get in, and you just walk up a spiral staircase all the way to the top, and its a great sense of achievement when you reach it and get to see a 360 degree view of the city :) The walk is a bit disorientating, though, but if you're up for it, it's not something you'd regret doing.
You climb up up up up up to see a great view of London. Then you climb down down down down to exit and receive your certificate. Its history is written out on the side of the monument.
An imposing piece of architecture, but masked by surrounding tall buildings from street level and hence frequently overlooked (pun) as a place to visit. Here's a piece of trivia : originally the inscriptions around the base included a passage blaming the whole sorry affair on naughty Roman Catholics ( on the basis of no evidence whatsover); this has since been removed. Another piece of trivia: there is a school of thought that the "miraculously" low death toll , traditionally a grand total of six people, is a massive underestimate, as it didn't include those people from poorer backgrounds, or those whose remains were consumed by the conflagration; bear in mind it is estimated to have destroyed the houses of over 80 % of the population of London.
The Monument, was erected between 1671 and 1677 under the direction of Sir Christopher Wren, the man responsible for so many of Londons finest architecture. It has a claim to fame as the tallest isolated stone column in the world, quite a record to hold for so long, but then itwould be cheeky for some upstart to erect a taller one when this one was erected in commemoration of the Great Fire of London. Factoid for you, the block of Portland stone rises 202 feet high into the London skyline, and is situated exactly 202 feet west of the bakers shop on Pudding Lane where the fire started. If you're feeling spry you can climb the 312 steps to the top and enjoy the view, it's pretty vertigo inducing mind... pretty cheap for £1.50
One of many great sights to visit in London. The monument is a favourite for me. It has impressive views from the top and I can't wait for the refurbishments to finish (christmas 2008) so I can go visit again!
It marks the alleged starting point for the fire of London and has some good historic reading within and around the monument.
It's fairly cheap and often quieter than more well known and popular attractions, yet is just as good.
At 202ft, this is the tallest free-standing column in the world. breathtaking in views as well as the climb up the 311 steps to the top. King Charles the second wanted a gilded phoenix to crown this monument but the City fathers had other ideas. Begun in 1671 and designed by Wren, it took 5yrs to complete the Doric column and the funds were raised by public subscription.
Around the pedastal are friezes depicting the King and leading figures from the time as well as legend, a description of the calamity - and until quite recently - blaming the fire upon 'Popish plotters' (but this has been chisled out).
The reason why the Monument was erected here and not 202ft to the east where the fire began is because this road was the main access to the city when the Old bridge (the one with the houses on it) was the only one across the river and all traffic in and out of London passed this spot.
OK so I had some time on my hands! I arrived early to take an exam at a nearby office and didn't want to stand around nervously biting my nails. So, with a few quid in my pocket and a spring in my step I decided to venture up the Monument. Afterall, I had walked passed it on so many occasions and totally ignored it (that's what you do when you work in London!). Built to commemorate the Great Fire of London in 1666 which started in Pudding Lane a few yards away, the Monument is conveniently located by Monument Tube Station (of course!). Suffice to say, I willingly paid my money, walked up the 311 steps of the narrow, concrete lined, spiral staircase to the top, ventured out on to the viewing balcony and saw the best view of London by the Thames I'd seen in a long time. It was definitely an eye opener and thoroughly recommended - great if you want a cheap and quick way to tire the kids out!!! Bear in mind, although there are 311 steps on the way up, there are also 311 steps on the way down!!! That makes 622 little beauties to send your blood pressure through the roof! Therefore, it is definitely not for the faint of heart! The reward? A certificate of accomplishment handed to you on your way out for safekeeping. Oh yes, and don't forget to look out for the ambulance standing by in case you need oxygen! Enjoy!!
Built in 1671 by Sir Christopher Wren to commemorate the rebuilding of London after the Great Fire of 1666, it is definitely worth climbing up as an alternative to the London Eye. It is in the heart of the City of London next to Monument tube station. It is only open Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. but costs only £2. They even give you a certificate on returning to the ground! Why not also visit the Bank of England nearby while you are there?
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