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St. Paul's Cathedral, London

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With its massive dome punctuating the London skyline, St. Paul's Cathedral is one of the city's most distinct sights. Both visually and ceremonially significant, the cathedral has hosted the funerals of Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington, Sir Winston Churchill, and Margaret Thatcher, and the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Climb to the top of the dome, pausing in the Whispering Gallery to hear murmurs from 30 m (100 ft) away, before walking up 271 more steps for panoramic views of London from the Golden Gallery. Head down to the crypt to view the tombs of national heroes, such as Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington. Learn about the cathedral's history in Oculus, a 270-degree film exhibit. For more information about the venue's detailed mosaics, paintings, and architecture, take a guided tour or pick up a touchscreen multimedia guide at the entrance. After touring the cathedral, you can enjoy traditional English tea in the Restaurant at St. Paul’s. Using our online itinerary creator, London attractions like St. Paul's Cathedral can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Beautiful architecture. I don't particularly consider myself religious, but I can appreciate the beauty and significance of a cathedral like St. Paul's. 
    Beautiful architecture. I don't particularly consider myself religious, but I can appreciate the beauty and significance of a cathedral like St. Paul's.  more »
  • We took the 500 step staircase to the spire above the cathedral dome. Good exercise but the view from the top is worth the effort. Some of the passageways on the way up are VERY narrow so if you... 
    We took the 500 step staircase to the spire above the cathedral dome. Good exercise but the view from the top is worth the effort. Some of the passageways on the way up are VERY narrow so if you...  more »
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  • Massive Cathedral! You can buy family tickets that will save money. There is a security point before entering where they will check bags. We were able to get in pretty quickly without buying tickets ahead of time. So much detail both on the outside and the inside. It is worth visiting the crypt below and taking your time to view the Inscriptions on the floor. The beauty and elegance of these cathedrals kept me in awe. There are toilets down below in the crypt however keep your entrance ticket as they will check to make sure you can re-enter. There is also a souvenir shop and Cafe below in the crypt as well. Princess Diana was married in this Cathedral which was interesting. Plenty of places to sit in the gardens outside. There is also a display right now (Sept.2022) about Queen Elizabeth II in one of the rooms which was amazing to see.
  • Since my most recent visit was a Sunday, I was unable to take photos inside the Cathedral which is an awe inspiring feat of architecture and creativity. Outside, the grounds are restful and beautiful, a towering icon amidst the high rise buildings of the city. Look up and ask yourself, how did this survive the Blitz? I believe the answer can be seen at the very pinnacle of the dome. On this occasion, the part that struck me was the juxtaposition of the ancient building, where Christopher Wren borrowed styles from Classical Greek and Roman architecture, the green and fountains being used by ordinary Londoners (and their dogs!) in a hot day and the skateboarders making use of the shady steps and walkways. Access for everyone - as it should be. It is, of course, worth going inside. It is free on Sundays although you can only access the rear section of the Cathedral; the balcony and crypt areas are all closed. It’s worth it just to hear the majesty of the organ in full flow or to attend one of several services, including evensong). If you want to see the whole Cathedral, book in advance, it’s cheaper (2022 prices: £18 for an adult versus £21 at the gate) and for the same price you can get access for a whole year. Allow plenty of time and try to go to the Whispering Gallery when it is relatively quiet so you get the full effect of the whispers.

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