St Paul's Cathedral

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Christopher Wren’s masterpiece is an architectural marvel. Come and test your hearing in the Whispering Gallery and stay for evensong

The iconic landmark that now stands in the city is St Paul’s Cathedral Mk VI at least – designed by Christopher Wren after its predecessor burnt down during the Great Fire of London in 1666. Amazingly, despite the devastation caused to many of the City of London churches all around it, the Cathedral survived the bombs of the Blitz and was the focus of celebration and mourning in 1945. It continues today, with some of the highest profile weddings and funerals held here.

Buy the sightseeing ticket to walk around inside the Cathedral, venturing down to the Crypt to see the tombs of Admiral Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and Sir Christopher Wren, and climbing up into the dome. Here the circular walkway around the inside edge of the dome is called the Whispering Gallery – the acoustics enable you to be heard right across the other side of the walkway even when you talk softly. If you have the stamina and a head for heights, you can walk up even further and see views over London from the Stone and Golden galleries.

St Paul’s Cathedral features many stunning design features, including the mesmerising Geometric staircase that looks like the shell of a giant snail. There are several different tour options depending on how long you’ve got for exploring. Included in the main entry ticket you can hear the 15–20 minute introductory talk and take the 90-minute guided tours that run Monday to Saturday from 10am to 2pm. For an extra charge you join a more in-depth, one-hour Triforum Tour, available on set days through the year (see the website for details).

There’s lots to enjoy for free, too. Services throughout the week are free to attend, as are the Choral Evensong sessions (Monday to Saturday 5pm, Sunday 3.15pm). And if you just want to sit on the steps and sing ‘Feed the Birds’ from ‘Mary Poppins’ (many do), the grounds are worthy of a visit. Planted with flowers and trees to encourage wildlife, the surrounding gardens are designed with plenty of areas for tourists and office workers to sit out in the sun.

Venue name: St Paul's Cathedral
Contact:
Address: St Paul's Churchyard
London
EC4M 8AD
Opening hours: Sightseeing opening times: Mon–Sat 8.30am–4.30pm, Sun open for worship only.
Transport: Tube: St Paul's
Price: £18 (online £16), £16 (online £14) concs., £8 (online £7) under-18s, free under-sixes, family £44 (online £39).
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Standing in the middle of the city of London, the Cathedral contrasts well with the buildings around.

I went there a few times already, and I am always amazed by either the inside or the outside of the cathedral.


If the visit seems expensive to you, know that you can enter for free on Sunday since this is mass day.

You obviously won't be able to see everything inside, but this is a good overview.


For Christmas, if you are around, you can assist to the choirs! I did it and do not regret!

Daniel L
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One of London's most iconic sights, especially the view from the other end of the millennium bridge (hint that is an amazing spot for the avid photographers), St Paul's is grand and visible for miles. Entering it is breath taking and the history that it has (surviving 2 bombs) and also the people that have passed through the church just leaves me in awe. There are often organ recitals where famous guests come to play on the grand organ and also the view from the top of the cathedral gives one of the best of central london. Well worth a visit, even if not attending service! But please be mindful for those who are trying to worship!

Liz G
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Worth the entrance fee to sit in the whispering gallery alone... A trek to the top of the dome (holding the rails tight if you are scared of heights like me) is absolutely worth it for the incredible views you get of the cathedral and the London skyline. Very romantic even for an atheist like me!

Tom
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A masterpiece - a trip up to the whispering gallery makes a visit evenmore memorable

Ladyvp
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I love this place! They have classical music concerts here from time to time. Keep an eye out for these as they are fun and enable you to enjoy this building to it's fullest.

LoveLondon
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Amazing building, inside and out. Incredible panoramic views of London. Visit on a Weekday afternoon on a sunny day.

Naomi
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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
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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.

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