Great Fire of London

- a guided walk in the City of London

Explore the area once devastated by the Great fire of London in 1666.

Time to step into your time machine and venture with us to the year of 1666. Join us as we explore the events during a few days in September 1666 which left so much destruction, forcing Londoners to rebuild their lives.

The City of London was used to fires, but the one that broke out in a bakery in the early hours of Sunday 2nd September 1666 was very different. By the time the fire was mere embers over three quarters of the city lay in ruins. Hear how the fire started and how it was able to take hold and create so much devastation so quickly. Hear who were blamed for the fire and those who fought to save the city.

We start the walk at Monument which was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and his colleague Dr Hooke, as a memorial to the Great Fire. Hear about the start of the fire, how the area looked afterwards, the unique design of the Monument and how it has been used by a theatrical sailor and bakers.

Navigate the narrow streets of the City of London on this guided walk and hear how the great fire of London was the catalyst for modern building restrictions which changed the face of London forever.

Hear stories of some of the people affected by this devastating event and how others took advantage of the situation. Discover what it was like to experience your hometown burning, never knowing if you would ever go home.

Step back into London of 1666.

  • Discover the journey of destruction of the Great Fire
  • Follow in the footsteps of William Shakespeare and Samuel Pepys
  • Meet other adventurous souls
  • Qualified City of London guide

Start:  Monument Station 

End: Smithfields

Duration: 90 mins | Step-free access: no

Suitable for all age groups.

Ticket prices:  

Adults £12 (15yrs+)

Child £8 (5-14 yrs)

Toddlers free (4 and under)

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Great Fire of London Walk Reviews

Susan's Reviews:

Interesting walk with chance to see some historic buildings from the outside.Guide was knowledgeable. Sometimes sound wasn't loud enough but better when we could stand away from traffic. A Lewis

Enjoyable and informative walk. Knowledgeable and considerate guide. Well organised. Was definitely worth doing. J Forshaw

I thought I knew quite a lot about the Fire of London but our guide gave us some new insights into the fire, particularly the aftermath of the fire and its effect on building regulations. An enjoyable guided walk. M Pinn

A very enjoyable and educational walk on a sunny winter's afternoon. Lots of fascinating facts delivered articulately. I would have liked to hear more of Pepys's account, no mention of the buried Parmesan cheese, but maybe this would have furnished a longer tour. The tour group themselves added much to the walk being interested, chatty and knowledgeable. More tours please! We enjoy them very much. J Knight

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