St Paul's Cathedral

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The passing of three centuries has done nothing to diminish the magnificence of St Paul's Cathedral, Christopher Wren's masterpiece and London's most famous cathedral. In the last decade, a £40m restoration project has painstakingly removed most of the Victorian grime from the walls and the extravagant main façade looks as brilliant today as it must have when the first stones were placed in 1708.

The vast open space of the interior contains memorials to national heroes such as Wellington and Lawrence of Arabia, poets John Donne and William Blake, and scientist Alexander Fleming; there are also select pieces of contemporary art and fabulous decorative touches. But the highlights of the place are above you in - and on - the dome: within it is the Whispering Gallery, with its famously good acoustics, and on top is the Golden Gallery, providing giddying views.

As well as tours of the main cathedral and self-guided audio tours, you can book to join special tours of the Triforium – which take in the library, where you can see Wren's original 'Great Model', built to sell his architectural vision to the City commissioners.

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Venue name: St Paul's Cathedral
Address: St Paul's Churchyard
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 8.30am-4pm
Transport: Tube: St Paul's
Price: £16.50, £14.50 concs, £7.50 under-18s, £40 family
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Amazing building, inside and out. Incredible panoramic views of London. Visit on a Weekday afternoon on a sunny day.


This one’s been on my ‘to do’ list since I first moved to London a few years back. St Pauls is just one of those iconic buildings that I’ve seen from the outside hundreds of times, but realised I had no idea what the interior was like… I don’t even remember having ever seen it on tv or in photos! Previously I’ve been put off by the steep entrance cost (£16 student) but one day off I just got up and decided to do it. Considering the amount included within the ticket price, I would have actually even paid more… alongside a small state of the art interactive audio-video guide, the ticket gained one access to the entire ground floor, the whispering gallery, the crypt and two levels of outdoor viewing platforms on the dome. I easily filled three hours looking around and could have filled another three more without a problem as I stopped using the guided tour device about half way round. Can I also just please mention, how much of a total *blessing* it was that for once in our twenty-first century lives, this was one of those rare few London attractions in which cameras and smartphones are not permitted. Meaning that the experience wasn’t interrupted by hundreds of smartphone screens in the way of the views and everybody seemed more appropriately serene for the environment we were in. It’s a total rarity that one can find space or time escape the total hustle and bustle AND escape the technology these days. Plus there is nothing like the views that can be seen from the tower either, both looking down inside the centre point of the cathedral and panoramically across London.

Grace I

If the tombs of Wellington, Lord Nelson and numerous statesmen and artists aren't enough to tempt you inside, you can wander around one of the world's great cathedrals, the site of many of Britain's most important historical events. Sir Christopher Wren's architecture will stun you, and the Whispering Gallery is always impressive. If you're a poetry fan, look for the marble effigy of the former Dean of St Paul's, John Donne, that survived the burning of the original cathedral in the Great Fire. Wren did a magnificent job of rebuilding the cathedral, and Donne seems very firmly in place for eternity.

Tai Popoola

I will be visiting the Cathedral for a second time in 3 years for a charity event held by VSO in December. They will have Griff Rhys Jones and the City of London Choir performing that evening. It should be a great night. I highly recommend you go and see the Choir performing on the night especially if its in the St Paul's Cathedral. The architectural build simply is one of the greatest in the City.

James Richardson

I visited St Paul's Cathedral recently and was completely overwhelmed by how good condition the Cathedral is still in, although there was currently a service on everyone was very welcome and still allowed for a good explore around the place. Best of all it was free! (Although I believe if you want to have a look at the top of the Cathedral etc then you have to pay) Highly recommend to anyone who enjoys historical landmarks; a must-see.