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One of the City's best-loved attractions, the Monument offers panoramic views over London. It was built to commemorate the Great Fire which devastated the City of London in 1666.
Standing 202 feet high, the Monument is the tallest isolated stone column in the world.
It was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Robert Hooke and constructed with Portland stone in 1671-7. The simple Doric column is topped by a flaming urn of copper gilded with two layers of gold leaf to symbolize the Great Fire.
If you climb the 311 steps to the balcony at the top you are rewarded with breath-taking views of the City, as well as a certificate of achievement.
Summer Opening Hours: April - September 9:30am-6pm daily (last admission 5:30pm)
Winter Opening Hours: October - March 9:30am-5.30pm daily (last admission 5pm)
Admission: Adults £3; concs £2; children (under 16s) £1.50. Joint tickets with Tower Bridge cost £9 (adult); £6.20 concs; £4 children (under 16s)
Address: Fish Street Hill, London EC3R 6DB Nearest tube: Monument