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The Monument

Fish Street Hill, London, EC3R 8AH

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Introduction

  • Comments View
    • The Monument is a London landmark, completed in 1677 to the designs of Sir Christopher Wren and Dr Robert Hooke.
    • It commemorates the Great Fire of London 1666.
    • It stands 65m (202ft) tall and is located 65m to the west of where the fire started in Pudding Lane.
    • A spiral staircase leads to a viewing platform with panoramic views of the city.
    • Combined discounted tickets for The Monument and Tower Bridge are available.
    • Tower Bridge is approximately 1km (0.6 miles) from The Monument, approximately a 15 minute walk.

Opening Times and Admission Prices

Getting Help and Assistance

  • There is a member of staff available for help and assistance.
  • There is not a member of staff trained in British Sign Language.
  • British Sign Language interpreters cannot be provided on request.
  • There is not an assistance dog toilet or toileting area at the venue/nearby.
  • There are not mobility aids available.
  • In addition to the concessionary rate, disabled people are also provided with a free copy of the guidebook which includes a pull-out panoramic view of the view from the top.
  • Special bookable learning sessions for schools and other groups include actors in the roles of Sir Christopher Wren and Dr Robert Hooke.
  • Comments View
    • There are plans to install a video monitor to relay the view from the top to street level.
    • Please contact the venue for further details.

Getting Here

Public Parking

  • On Street Standard Parking View
    • Standard on street parking is available.
    • The standard on street parking is located on Monument Street, to the west and east of the pedestrian piazza.
  • Public Car Park View
    • There is not a car park for public use within approximately 200m (219yd).
  • Drop-off Point(s) View
    • There is not a/are not clearly marked drop-off point(s).
  • Comments View
    • Some of the on-street parking was suspended at the time of our visit (October 2019).
    • It was not known how long this would continue.

Approach

  • Approach View
    • The surface of the approach is stone/concrete tiles.
    • The approach surface is uneven in places.
    • There is a/are fixed bollard(s) on the approach.
    • The minimum width between the bollards/wall is 110cm.
    • The bollard(s) has/have a good colour contrast to prevent them being hazardous to visually impaired people.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope on the approach.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent, has a slight gradient.
  • Comments View
    • There are bollards at the junction of the piazza with Monument Street / Fish Street Hill to the west of the Monument.
    • Some of the road surface in this area is cobbled (photographs 1 and 2).
    • The area from Monument Underground Station and the piazza around the venue is pedestrianised (photographs 3 - 5).
    • The slight slope is generally across the pedestrianised area from the north sloping down towards The Monument.
    • There are likely to be cycles in this area.
    • There are stone bench seats and a drinking water tap to the east of the venue, near to the public toilet (photographs 6 and 7).
    • East of the piazza, a plaque in the road marks the site the Great Fire of London started (photograph 8).

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located facing the piazza.
    • The entrance area/door is not clearly signed.
    • There is stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 67cm.
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance.
    • There is/are 2 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are not between 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 19cm.
    • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).

Reception (Ticket Office)

  • Reception View
    • The reception point is located to the right after the main entrance.
    • The reception point is approximately 2m (2yd 7in) from the main entrance.
    • The reception area/desk is clearly visible from the entrance.
    • There is step-free access to the reception point.
    • There is a clear unobstructed route to the reception point.
    • There are no windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors behind the reception point which could adversely affect the ability of someone to lip read.
    • The reception counter is not placed in front of a background which is patterned.
    • The lighting levels at the reception point are moderate to good.
    • The height of the reception counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
    • There is not sufficient space to write or sign documents on the counter.
    • There is not a lowered section of the counter.
    • The counter is staffed.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system at the reception point.
    • The type of flooring in the reception area is stone.
  • Reception Waiting Area View
    • There is a waiting area close to the reception point.
    • Access to the waiting area is unobstructed.
    • The seats do not have armrests.
    • There is not sufficient space for a wheelchair user to use the waiting area.
  • Comments View
    • There is an historic but usable small fold down seat immediately to the right after the ticket desk.

Other Floors

  • Stairs View
    • Stairs can be used to access other floors.
    • The stairs are located ahead from the main entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 5m from the main entrance.
    • The stairs are clearly visible from the entrance.
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are entrance level to viewing platform.
    • There are 311 steps between floors.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 15cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are not between the recommended 30cm and 45cm.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The steps have a handrail on the right going up.
    • Handrails are not at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do not extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • There is not a landing.
    • The lighting levels at the steps are low to moderate.
  • Comments View
    • Apart from the last few steps at the top, the spiral stairs are wide enough for people going up and down to pass.
    • The doors at the top of the stairs are permanently held open so the staircase opens directly onto the viewing platform.

Viewing Platform

  • The viewing platform runs all the way round the column.
  • It offers panoramic views of central London and beyond.
  • The platform is in the open air.
  • The walkway has a stone floor and is 55cm wide at its narrowest point.
  • There is a balustrade 110cm high and the area is also completely enclosed by a steel mesh.
  • There is an intercom at the top of the stairs to contact staff at the ticket desk in case of difficulty.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Public Toilet)

  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located in the toilet block on the piazza to the east of the Monument.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the main entrance to the Monument.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • There is tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The door opens by sliding (automatically).
    • The door is push pad or push button activated.
    • The push pad or push button is 90cm from floor level.
    • The door is locked by a push button or pad.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is fair.
    • The door does not have a horizontal grab rail.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 156cm x 270cm (5ft 1in x 8ft 10in).
    • The accessible toilet does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 84cm (2ft 9in).
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • There is not spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a sensor flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • There is a push button alarm in the toilet.
    • There is not a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are wall recess bin disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • There are coat hooks in the toilet at 98cm and 158cm from the floor.
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is not a colostomy bag shelf next to the toilet.
    • The toilet does not have a backrest or a cistern.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 49cm (1ft 7in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is poor.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin and tap(s) can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the right hand side of the wash basin.
    • The contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The wash basin tap type is sensor.
    • There is a wall fixed soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 105cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 105cm (3ft 5in).
    • The contrast between the hand dryer and the wall is fair.
  • Comments View
    • The toilet is coin operated and costs 50p.
    • It can also be opened for free with a Radar key.

Standard Toilet(s)