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Monument to the Great Fire of London

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Monument to the Great Fire of London

KidRated’s Monument Top Tips:

  • Best for kids & teens: The great views from the top and a certificate to say you made it
  • Best for parents: A great place to visit if you love views of London
  • Top tip: Be prepared for stairs! 311 of them to be precise

The Monument to the Great Fire of London offers a fun way to learn about one of the most significant events in London’s history while providing a bit of physical activity that kids will love.


First of all, climbing the Monument is an exciting challenge. With 311 steps spiralling to the top, it’s a great way for kids to burn off some energy. Once they reach the top, they’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the city, making the climb well worth the effort. Don’t forget to bring your camera – the panoramic vistas are perfect for snapping some memorable family photos.


Next, the Monument’s history is fascinating. Built to commemorate the Great Fire of 1666, it stands at the exact spot where the fire started. Kids who don’t already know the story will be intrigued by how the fire began in a bakery on Pudding Lane and how it spread, changing the city forever. The interactive displays and detailed plaques provide plenty of interesting facts to keep young minds engaged.


Finally, after the climb, each child receives a certificate to mark their achievement. This souvenir is a fun way for them to remember their visit and feel proud of their accomplishment.


The Monument is located near other great attractions, such as the Tower of London and Sky Garden, making it easy to plan a full day of exploration.


For more architecture by Sir Christopher Wren check out St Paul’s Cathedral and the Old Royal Naval College.


Booking Advice:

  • You can buy tickets which also include entry to the Tower Bridge Exhibition
  • No need to book in advance



Monument Street


All year

Phone number:

+44 (0) 207 626 2717


How to get there:

Tube: Monument or London Bridge.
Bus: 17, 521, 21, 43, 133, 141, 48, 149 (all routes through London Bridge).

Useful information:

Adults £4; concessions £2.70; under 16s £2.00. Joint tickets available, see website for full details.

Teen Verdict

Things to do, places to go for kids and teenagers - cool, academic, fun and entertaining in London and beyond with KidRated

Elliot, age 15

I did this when I was about 11 and remembered how excited I was counting the steps and getting a certificate at the end.

It’s definitely an attraction that appeals to young kids but this time I appreciated the views more. I also got quite a few good shots for Instagram so I think if other teenagers go planning to do that they’ll enjoy it.

Parent Point of View

Things to do, places to go for kids and teenagers - cool, academic, fun and entertaining in London and beyond with KidRated

Laura Porter

  • It doesn’t take long to visit The Monument but the certificate makes it all worthwhile.
  • Kids learning about the Great Fire of London will appreciate coming here and it’s easy to spend more time seeing other sights in The City on the same day.
  • The observation gallery isn’t that big but you are perfectly safe behind a cage.
  • Don’t take big bags as you have to pass other visitors on the narrow steps.

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  1. Kitty

    Climbed up here this week, kids did it easily – staircase gets quite narrow at the top though! Absolute must for any kids studying the Great Fire of London – my 6 year old has been learning all about it this term and knew more about it than me, seeing the real Pudding Lane sign nearby was great. Kids loved getting the certificate at the end.
    Fantastic to walk from here right down Cannon Street to St Pauls to see just how far the fire spread.

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