Monopoly is an economic simulation board game with its origins in the early 20th century and nowadays played the world over. The standard version of the game consist of properties based on real-life locations. The most common version in North America is based on the streets of Atlantic City, New Jersey, while the most common version in Commonwealth countries (excluding Canada) is based on the streets of London.
- 1 Mediterranean Avenue. One of the most boring properties in Monopoly, this street has few attractions. It is less than a mile long.
- 2 Baltic Avenue. The Atlantic City Expressway enters the city at this street, which includes a large outlet mall and is close to the convention center. The street turns into Madison Ave. from Ocean Beach Blvd. to the Boardwalk.
- 1 Oriental Avenue (AC3 bus route). With a large, popular parking lot by the casinos at one end, and the ocean at the other, the biggest nighttime attractions might be the concert venue, Ovation Hall.
- 1 Reading Railroad. Named for Reading (pronounced like the color "red") in Pennsylvania, the best sights to see for this railroad are 60–120 miles northwest of Atlantic City. The Reading Railroad Heritage Museum is in the small town of Hamburg, just north of Reading.
- 2 Vermont Avenue. One of the more boring streets in town, with empty lots near the beach. At the far northern end, you'll be one block east of Fisherman's Park, where you can see some boats.
- 3 Connecticut Avenue. Connecticut Avenue turns into Ocean Beach Blvd as you head south. Up at the north end, where it's still called Connecticut Avenue, it's a residential area tucked in between Snug Harbor and Gardners Basin, just east of Fisherman's Park.
- 1 St Charles Place. One of the shortest streets in the city, St Charles Place is near the Oscar E. McClinton Waterfront Park, on the north end of town.
- 2 States Avenue. Only one block next to the Showboat Hotel, a former casino that now has a large arcade and sports bar.
- 3 Virginia Avenue. If you're driving into town, there's an exit from Abescon (Highway 30) onto Virginia. The street dead-ends in the Hard Rock Café. On the other side of the building, you'll find the Steel Pier amusement park.
- 1 St James Place. About a quarter-mile long, at the beach end of St James Place are Boardwalk Bathrooms, Ripley's Believe It or Not museum, and a pier.
- 2 Pennsylvania Railroad, 1 Atlantic City Expwy. The Pennsylvania Railroad operated several lines, and in 1906, one of them had a famous wreck in Atlantic City, on the last bridge before what's now the transit center at the convention center. If you want, you can take New Jersey Transit bus 551 to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from here (about two hours each way).
- 2 Tennessee Avenue. A short block over from St James Place, if you go a little inland to Pacific Avenue, you can see the St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church building, which was 30 years old when Monopoly was first released. If you go all the way to Atlantic Avenue, then you'll find the modern home of the Atlantic City Free Public Library, near the hospital and the city hall.
- 3 New York Avenue. A good street to turn down if you're looking for a place to park near the water.
- 1 Kentucky Avenue. A block west of New York Avenue, Kentucky Avenue has a number of businesses, apartment buildings, and parking lots, plus a park named for a Black resident who died during World War II and the local community college.
- 2 Indiana Avenue. The Claridge Hotel was built in 1929 and known then as "The Skyscraper by the Sea". It has a comedy club and a rooftop bar overlooking Brighton Park and the Boardwalk.
- 3 Illinois Avenue. Renamed to Dr. Martin Luther King Avenue. Stockton University has refurbished and expanded the historic Carnegie Library, a 1904 Beaux-Arts building at Pacific Avenue. It is next to a Civil Rights Garden with ginkgo trees and granite columns reflecting key people and events of the civil rights movement.
- 3 B&O Railroad. The only railroad on the board that isn't in Atlantic City, the B&O (Baltimore and Ohio) Railroad ran to Pennsylvania. One of their routes ran near parts of the modern-day Schuylkill River Trail, and ended a little north of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
- 1 Atlantic Avenue. The main street near the Boardwalk. A bit longer than 8 miles, much of this street runs within a block or so of the shore. Along the southern stretch, look for Lucy the Elephant, the oceanside Longport Playground and multiple beaches. If you decide to drive the length, expect it to take at least half an hour one way.
- 2 Ventnor Avenue. Ventnor parallels Atlantic Avenue, just one block further from the water. Start your exploration at the top of the O'Donnell Memorial Park, at the end of US Highway 40, and follow it southwest for five miles to the John F. Kennedy Bridge. If you cross the bridge, you'll find yourself in the Malibu Beach Wildlife Management Area, and beyond that at the Longport Dog Beach. If you instead leave Ventnor Avenue but continue traveling in the same direction, you'll end up at The Point, a small scenic outlook over the water. Consider being there in time for sunset.
- 3 Marvin Gardens. A neighborhood between Margate City and Ventnor City – and the only original Monopoly location that is outside the Atlantic City's official boundaries – this 16-acre walkable historic housing area has flower gardens blooming in the spring and summer.
- 4 Short Line (Shore Fast Line). The Short Line Railroad was an electric trolley route between Ocean City and Atlantic City. About half of the original route has been turned into the Somers Point Bike Path, also called the Linwood Bike Path. The southwestern end is in Somers Point about a block away from the Somers Historical Museum. It mostly runs along Atlantic Avenue, which turns into Wabash Avenue in Linwood. Just on the north side of Highway 322 in Pleasantville, the bike path turns sharply to the left, and becomes the Atlantic County Bikeway for one more mile.
- 1 Pacific Avenue. Pacific Avenue runs parallel to Atlantic Avenue, just one long block closer to the beach for its length. Where it intersects with Vermont Ave., you can visit the Abescon Lighthouse and climb the 228 steps to the top for $10. Right down at the beach, the city's Altman Playground offers kids and dogs a free place to run around.
- 2 North Carolina Avenue. Two short blocks west of Pennsylvania Avenue, S North Carolina Avenue has a cluster of parking lots near the beach.
- 3 Pennsylvania Avenue. South Pennsylvania Avenue runs from Atlantic Avenue straight down to the water, past the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and other iconic luxury destinations. The Steel Pier Amusement Park is at the end of Pennsylvania Avenue, on Boardwalk Avenue.
- 1 Park Place (0.5 mi (1 km) southeast of the city's main bus terminal). A short street, not even three blocks long, that ends at the Boardwalk. Half the length is taken up by Brighton Park.
- 2 Boardwalk. The first and longest boardwalk in the United States, it runs for 5 mi (8.0 km) from northwest to southeast along the beach. The boardwalk consists of casinos, restaurants, hotels and arcades.
- 1 Old Kent Road. The first and cheapest property square on the British Monopoly board, Old Kent Road is the only location south of the Thames. Originally a working-class neighbourhood, it has since been gentrified. £60.
- 2 Whitechapel Road. Whitechapel Road has been a hub for many ethnic minorities in London. In the 1840s, many Irish fleeing the Great Famine came here. From the 1850s, Jewish communities began settling on Whitechapel Road and were the focal point until the 1930s. Nowadays, it is the centre of the British Bangladeshi community. £60.
- 1 The Angel, Islington (Tube: Angel NOR ). One of the few properties that were not based on a road but a pub. In the late 1970s, the building was renovated and is now used for office space. However, in 1998 a pub called "The Angel" was opened adjacent to the former pub building.
- 2 Euston Road. Along with the rest of the light blue set, Euston Road is part of the London Inner Ring Road. A heavily congested road, it was narrower in the 1930s but likely to be just as congested. Notable landmarks include the neoclassical Camden Town Hall, the British Library and the Wellcome Trust, which contains a museum holding ancient medical manuscripts.
- 4 Marlborough Street (Tube: Oxford Circus CEN BAK VIC or Tottenham Court Road CEN NOR ELI ). Great Marlborough Street is a short street that is parallel to Oxford St and connects to Regent St. It is famous for the Liberty department store with its Mock-Tudor facade.
- 4 Fleet Street. Street in the City of London that is famous for news media and the Sweeney Todd story. £220.
- 5 Trafalgar Square. Famous for Nelson's Column with the four fountains at its base, the National Gallery and St Martin-in-the-Fields church. £240.
- 4 Leicester Square (Tube: Leicester Square NOR PIC ). The first of the three yellow localities, all of which are entertainment-themed. Leicester Square in particular is renowned for its commercial and arthouse cinemas, theatres and Chinese New Year celebrations.
- 1 Bond Street (Tube: Bond Street CEN JUB ELI ). Both Old Bond Street and New Bond Street are famous for their antique stores and auction houses, as well as luxury retailers.
- 3 Park Lane. An affluent lane that is part of the Mayfair area overlooking the east side of Hyde Park. £350.
- 4 Mayfair. The most expensive property of them all. £400.
All were termini under the control of the LNER after the Grouping. Both King's Cross and Liverpool Street have seen extensive redevelopment in their vicinity.
- 5 Marylebone. £200.
- 6 King's Cross (Tube: King's Cross St. Pancras CIR H&C MET NOR PIC VIC Rail: London King's Cross ). £200.
- 7 Fenchurch Street (Tube: Tower Hill CIR DIS , DLR: Tower Gateway DLR , Rail: London Fenchurch Street ). £200.
- 8 Liverpool Street (Tube: Liverpool Street CEN CIR H&C MET ELI Rail: London Liverpool Street ). £200.
- 9 Battersea Power Station (Tube: Battersea Power Station NOR ). Although no longer used for generating power, Battersea Power Station has seen extensive property redevelopment.
- 10 Bankside Power Station. Former power station, now the home of the Tate Modern.
Go to Jail?Edit
Whilst you should not get into trouble for viewing Monopoly locations from public streets, many richer residents and property owners in London value their privacy and take 'security' seriously.
Some of the locations on the Monopoly board represent prime locations in London. You might see a glimpse of prominent figures (be they from commerce, politics or media) as they are whisked away in secured vehicles.
Large-scale game boards and attractionsEdit
- Monopoly Lifesized, 213-215 Tottenham Court Rd, London W1T 7PS. An escape room-style attraction using the Monopoly game board. Move from room to room completing challenges to buy properties. There are four boards with different themes and challenges: the classic board (based on the London Monopoly board), city board (with attractions of modern London), a luxury board, and a children's board for groups with ages 5-8. A restaurant and bar, also themed to the London board, serves British small plates and cocktails.
- Monopoly Dreams, Hong Kong. Four-dimensional ride and interactive museum based on the Hong Kong Monopoly board.
- Monopoly in the Park, San Jose (California). Permanent installation in city park. Visiting is free, but there is a fee for reservations and renting their true-to-scale tokens and dice to play the game. $300+ per group.