The Monument

December 1st, 2017 / / No Comments »

The Monument; Budget Views of London

For a great view of London from a height why not climb the 311 steps to the top of the Monument and take in an aerial view of many of London’s historic sights.  The monument was built to commemorate the 1666 Great Fire of London and offers a fantastic view of the city at a budget price with tickets very reasonable priced.

The Monument & London Eye Combi Ticket

Take advantage of this discounted combined ticket for 2 of London’s top attractions; the London Eye & the Monument. Dating back to 1677 & built to commemorate the Fire of London The Monument is one of my favourite landmarks in London and a great add-on attraction to the London Eye. Promotions vary throughout the year but worth a glance before planning your visit.

More information available at Combined Discounted Ticket for the London Eye & the Monument.


the monument in London

The Monument set within the heart of the city


The Monument; More Information

The Monument was built to commemorate the Great Fire of London that swept London in 1666.  It stands 61 metres, (160 feet), high which equates to the exact distance between the Monument’s location and where the fire began in Pudding Lane.  Designed by Christopher Wren & Robert Hooke, the Monument was completed in 1677 & has been providing visitors with an aerial view over London ever since.  The viewing gallery is only accessible by climbing the 311 steps to the top of the column

The Monument; Tips & Tricks

1. The Monument is included within the sightseeing pass that offers free entry to 80+ attractions & tours in London that can offer substantial savings for those planning a trip to the city.  More information available at The London Pass.

2. There are also savings to be made on discounted tickets for the Monument & the Tower Bridge Exhibition for those looking to visit 2 iconic attractions with the city.

3. You will need to have a level of fitness for this attraction.  There is no lift available and the only way to access the viewing gallery is by climbing the 311 stairs to the top.  However, I would say for those that do undertake the climb, the view is pretty spectacular.

4. The stairway is narrow and is shared by those both ascending & descending with very few stopping places along the spiral staircase.  There is a limited amount of space available where large bags can be stored, (unsecured), at the bottom of the column.  My advice is to travel light if you are planning a visit although don’t forget your camera.

5. The Monument can be an overlooked attraction nowadays dwarfed by more popular attractions.  However its historical significance coupled with reasonable ticket prices & a sense of achievement when you make it to the top, will always keep it as one of my favourite ways to take in London from a height.  Queues tend to be low too!

6. For those looking to combine a visit to the Monument with other mainstream attractions with a view then look out for our guide to the London Eye packed with top tips & cheap ticket options.

7. Dress appropriately for the top as you are exposed to the elements from the outdoor viewing gallery.

8. The viewing gallery offers a 360 degree view of London taking sights such as Tower Bridge, St Paul’s, The Shard, the River Thames.  You do need to know what you are looking for as there is no room for signage at the top although there are maps available to purchase that point out popular sights at the entrance desk.

9. Upon your descent, collect a FREE certificate from the staff to mark your achievement!


the Monument from a side angle

The Monument


The Monument; More Top Tips

10. At certain times of the year, you can pick up a 2 for 1 voucher for the Monument for those that travel by train.  More details can be found at 2 for 1 voucher offers.

11. On-the-gate ticket prices are reasonable priced, (around £4 an adult), so you have the option of simply adding this to your itinerary.

12. You can find more ideas for views of London on a budget or follow our top tips below for the Monument to help you get the best from your visit.

15. The Monument is located upon the junction of Monument Street & Fish Street Hill.  The nearest tube is Monument, (District & Circle lines).

16. More information available at The Monument.

Look out for more ideas on Alternative London Attractions too for some money saving tips for London on the cheap.


view of the London Eye & south bank in London

View of the South Bank from Westminster Bridge, (photo; Phil Loach)

By Liz Walsh


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