Dad and daughter visit The Monument in London

The other day I fulfilled a longstanding promise to my daughter, Helen. We travelled up to London for the afternoon and visited The Monument to the Great Fire of London.

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Helen proudly holding the certificate she was given for successfully climbing all 311 steps to the top of The Monument.

Visiting The Monument is something Helen has wanted to do ever since she did a project about the Great Fire of London at School. In case you aren’t familiar with the structure, it is 49 metres high, has 311 steps to the viewing platform and was built between 1671 and 1677. It was built to commemorate the fire that devastated the capital between 2 and 5 September 1666. I made a short video of our escapades and you can watch it by clicking on the link below.

It’s been a while since the two of us have spent a day together like this. We had a wonderful time and, as an added bonus, I learned a lot about the fire. I have to concede it was something of a weak spot in my knowledge of the UK’s history. Here’s a fact for you; did you know that only six people died in the fire? It could have been much worse considering its size and that most of the city was built out of wooden structures at the time.

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The Monument to the Great Fire of London. Looks very tall from this perspective! Pic credit below.

Climbing to the top was surprisingly easy, even though it was an incredibly hot day. If you watch the video, you can see the heat and breeze took its toll on my hair! Helen handled the climb really well and we were both given a certificate when we reached the bottom to acknowledge our achievement. Helen took her certificate into school the next day and did a “show and tell” for all her classmates.

Have you been to the monument? What’s your favourite place to visit on London? Could you manage a climb of 311 steps? Please leave a comment below with your thoughts!

Pic credit: Mike Peel, Reproduced under Creative Commons agreement.

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  1. July 22, 2016 / 7:30 am

    As I’m in Farringdon today with my two sons I may try to emulate your feat at the Monument!

    • John Adams
      July 23, 2016 / 5:10 am

      Hey Rob, great to hear from you. I hope you managed to pay a visit! Getting to the top is a bit like a challenge that simply has to be done. The views on a clear day are awesome.

  2. Maliya
    December 18, 2017 / 10:04 am

    Hi – can you remember why there are 311 steps? was there some significance to the number? Thanks.

    • John Adams
      December 18, 2017 / 12:26 pm

      I don’t believe there was any significance on the number of steps but I don’t claim to be an expert I’m afraid.