Only Way Up Is to Climb
Note, you don't actually climb right to the top as there is a gilded golden orb at the very top. Visitors can get to 160 ft high at the viewing "cage" and the very top is at 202 ft high.
Top Tip 1: Don't take a large bag as it makes it harder to pass on the stairs. Leave bags with a friend at the bottom (there is no cloakroom) or simply don't bring much when you plan your visit.
Top Tip 2: Do bring your camera as you will have some fantastic views from the gallery "cage" at the top. Put your camera in your pocket or round your neck as you will need your hands free to hold on for the climb.
Top Tip 3: There are talking telescopes in the "cage" to let you know what you can see.
Top Tip 4: Don't give up as those who climb all the way to the top (and back down) receive a certificate.
The Monument Review
I climbed The Monument in the summer of 2009 and yes, it was a long climb, but manageable and only took about 10 minutes to get to the top.
It can get crowded at the top so don't try to stay for too long but do have a look out from all sides. As you would expect, there's not much room but you can pass each other if everyone breathes in. There aren't many iconic views but you can see Tower Bridge.
My achievement certificate now has pride of place in my office.
The Monument Visitor Information
Address: The Monument, Monument Street, London EC3R 8AH
Nearest Tube Stations: Monument / London Bridge
Use Journey Planner to plan your route by public transport.
Nearby you'll find a popular Harry Potter Film Location in London.
Telephone: 020 7626 2717
Official Website: www.themonument.info
- Visit this attraction for free with a London Pass
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Tickets: Under £5.
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Combined tickets are available with the Tower Bridge Exhibition.
Opening Times: Open Daily: 09.30 - 17.30 (last admission) 17.00
Visit Duration: 1 hour.
The Monument is not accessible to people in wheelchairs. The only way up is to climb 311 steps so do not attempt the climb if you have health concerns.
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