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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

Iconic though St Paul’s may be, the Cathedral as we know and love it today is in fact version six, at least. Mark five was razed to the ground by the Great Fire of London in 1666 – in fact mark three was also burnt out of existence by fire in 1087 – and mark four fell to ruins under Henry VIII’s leadership and parts of it were used to build Somerset House.

Thankfully Sir Christopher Wren’s design, which was completed in 1708, survived 12 monarchs and two world wars, and remains one of the key places of worship for high-profile weddings and funerals.

Already buried in the Crypt at St Paul’s you’ll find (should you be so inclined to look) Admiral Lord Nelson, Sir Christopher Wren and the Duke of Wellington. These can be accessed with a sightseeing ticket, which will also get you into the unquestionably cool Whispering Gallery. Not so much a gallery, but a walkway that leads around the inside of the St Paul’s most recognisable bit – its dome. While on this walkway you’ll be able to hear someone speaking from the opposite end, even if they’re whispering, thanks to some impressive early eighteenth-century acoustics.

There are several different tour options depending on how long you’ve got to explore. If you’ve paid for main admission you’ll be treated to an introductory talk that lasts around 15 or 20 minutes before being taken on a 90-minute guided tour (available Monday to Saturday, 10am-2pm). But if you pay a little more, you can also join a more detailed, Triforum Tour that lasts an hour and happens on certain days, so if you’re hoping to join in make sure to check the website before you go.

Those looking for a freebie will find lots to enjoy, too. Church services are run throughout the week, as are Choral Evensong sessions (Monday to Saturday 5pm, Sunday 3.15pm), both of which are free entry. 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.

By: Laura Lee Davies

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Venue name: St Paul's Cathedral
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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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Tastemaker

Christopher's Wren masterpiece in the heart of City of London is a must stop while in the city! You will be amazed by the size and detail of this building just from the outside. You can also get the chance to get in (ticketed) and spend few hours to explore the stunning interior and wake up your spiritual self. Often, late events are giving you the chance to be in the inside and enjoy concerts, carols etc.

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What a jaw-droppingly beautiful building this is - London is lucky to have it, and we are lucky to have it, too! 


Not only can you attend Church of England services here, if you're so inclined, but you can also buy a ticket to wander around during non-service hours - and even go all the way up to the top of the building! I did just that with a family member who was visiting and WOW, were we taken aback by every new level we encountered! The crypt itself is really something, with a monument to fallen soldiers, and also the tombs of some famous people including the designer of the building itself, Sir Christopher Wren. But the masterpiece is in ascending those hundreds of stairs (yes, hundreds) and looking out over London... incredible. Tip: go on an open day and you can take pictures inside! Otherwise, photography is not permitted.

Tastemaker

I bought a ticket for St Paul's lates, which run every Thursday in August and for an additional £8 I upgraded to an annual pass. The lates session encourage you to take photos. I only had my phone the night I went and unfortunately I never managed to get back there, so my photos weren't so great, but it was exciting to be able to just snap away. The lates did not allow entry to the upper levels, however because I upgraded I can go back in the day now. It is one of the most stunning sights in London (in my opinion) and I love to see it from upclose or afar. After 10 years of being around London I'm glad I finally went went in!

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I recently went to one of the St Paul's lates.  What is different about this, to a normal daytime view, is that you are allowed to take pictures, although you are restricted to certain areas of the Cathedral.  You are just not allowed to take tripods.  If you like photography, I recommend the lates, but if you prefer to look at more of the Cathedral and aren't so bothered about photos, then it is better to go during the day.  I really enjoyed the opportunity to take pictures, but feel that I want to go back and see the rest of it take a guided tour to find out more.


You don't even have to go into St Paul's to appreciate it.  It has nice gardens outside and it is an iconic London landmark, with multiple locations from which to photograph it.

tastemaker

Genuinely my favourite spot in London. St. Paul's is stunning and on a beautiful sunny day, it'll make your heart swell.

Wander through the churchyards and marvel at the majesty of the Cathedral, bask in the glow of the shiny Saint Paul statue and the bazillions of pigeons are fun to watch. Look out for special events such as the organ recitals - a great chance to sit inside and marvel at the breathtaking interior!

tastemaker

One of London's most iconic buildings with an incredible amount of history within. The whispering gallery is a must. Is seems expensive, but it's worth it! They have to pay for the maintenance some how.

tastemaker

St Paul's cathedral is a gorgeous structure inside and out and you don't need to be religious to appreciate its beauty. The ceiling decoration is particularly stunning.

Included in the ticket price is an audio guide so that you can look around the attraction in your own time or simply sit and listen as you look around in wonder. The audio guide is great as you can pick between a half hour highlights tour or a more in depth version if you have more time to hand. There's also a kids audio guide version with some cute games to keep them amused.

Make sure you head down to the crypt as the creator of the cathedral is buried down below as well as Lotd Admiral Horatio Nelson and Wellington.

tastemaker

St Paul's cathedral is an iconic cathedral in London. It is just as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside.

We bought a ticket online (£16) to look around the cathedral. The ticket we bought was valid for multiple entries in a certain period so if you aren't able to finish looking around in one day, you can go back and don't have to pay again. There are free guided tours taking place throughout the day and audioguides are included within the price of your ticket.

You can climb all the way to the top of the cathedral however the last set of stairs are quite narrow and steep. When I visited, there was a long queue to get to the highest terrace so it made the climb slightly easier as you could have a break as the queue wasn't constantly moving.

Be sure to visit the whispering gallery as it really works!

Tastemaker

St Paul's cathedral is magnificent. This baroque style church is beautifully ornate and detailed.


They are open for tourists between 8:30am and 4pm, however if you're not going for the tour you only have access to the front foyer (unless there is a church service). From the foyer you are able to get a sense and scale of this magnificent cathedral. 


The price for the tour is steep, but well worth it. The audio guided tour with the hand held device last approximately 3hrs long, depending on your pace and gives a tour of the beautiful interiors and domed ceiling as well as its interesting history. The Whispering gallery and the Golden gallery were a particular favourite, you'll need to walk up approximately 520 steps to get here. Once up at the very top, you have a spectacular 360 degree view of London.  

Tastemaker

Having been here for the Poet in the City event a couple of months back, I still think about the breath taking ceilings, and amazing architecture of this memorable sight. St Paul's is a beauty from the outside, but just you wait until you get inside its doors. Every part is spectacular, with beautiful windows letting the light hit the various pillars in a beautiful way. 


I could have spent hours walking around looking at the space. St Paul's definitely gives Milan's Duomo a run for its money. 

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I know, I know. The price is a bit steep, but it’s a London icon well worth the visit.


The interior is magnificent. With grandiose décor and exceptional architecture, the building is awe-inspiring. And imagining history unfold in-between those walls is extraordinary.


You can also walk up to the top of the dome. (The stairway is very tight and the top is quite high, so if you are scared of heights, this might not be the best idea. Your call.) From up there, you can first discover the central nave at another angle – fascinating – then head to the exterior walkway where you’ll enjoy a beautiful view over London.


I highly recommend you brave the queues of tourists for this exceptional visit.

tastemaker

St. Paul's is an iconic building which no matter when you walk past it you always point it out. Walking past you will often take it's picture but I have never been inside, well until now.

It's not the cheapest of entry fees at £18 but once you are inside you understand why it is so expensive. Unfortunately you cannot take any pictures inside so I can't show you but it's grandness is overwhelming and you literally find yourself standing still looking upwards and thinking wow did someone really build this and finish all this detail. I can imagine where my ticket money goes now in preserving this fantastic building.

You get a free audio tour which is worth picking up as you will have questions as you wander around the vast building.

To get the full experience you need to be prepared to do a lot of step climbing. Around 259 steps to the whispering gallery, once I got there I didn't realise that I could keep going higher to the stone gallery then the golden gallery. Firstly the whispering gallery is the main dome shape looking down over the chairs and hearing the sound of the magnificent organ is quite an experience. The whispering effect is real, a small child and her mother kindly demonstrated this for me.

Onto the stone gallery a further 130 steps which start to get more narrow but this brings you out to see the beautiful views in London and probably the area you look up to from the ground regularly. I had the most perfect autumn day with clear sky's and the beginning of the sunset. We continued another 150 odd steps to the golden gallery and yet even more amazing views of London. You can't help but feel the contrast in the buildings you are looking at. From one of the oldest view points to some of the newest buildings in London. I kept thinking how did they build this so high without the technology we have now?

We took a trundle back down all those steps (ouch) and finally made it back to the bottom. I had a walk around the basement with the tombs but it was approaching 4.30 the closing time.

I'd love to visit again one year but you really do need to take more then the 1 hour 45 minutes I allocated to my trip.

You don't need to be religious to appreciate this true London gem and learn about the history and the struggles of war bombs, fire of London and funding. I was in awe of the architecture and detail of this cathedral, a true spectacular place to be very proud to have in London.

tastemaker

St Paul's Cathedral is one of my favourite places in London. We were recently invited to a concert here, and it was really moving and atmospheric. The features are really jaw-dropping, and I don't think there's another place like it in London. The interior details are so timeless and the lighting was really well done. The staff were so friendly and helpful, I think this is hands down one of the best attractions in London.

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Huge and impressive building, beautifully redesigned by Sir Christopher Wren after the great fire of London. It's an absolute architectural gem, both inside and outside, full of treasures and History.
I know the entry is not cheap (around £18, £16 online) but really worth going at least once.

Went inside the cathedral for the first time for a Poet in the City event and I was quite impressed to see how St Paul's staff was welcoming and involved in this event!
Definitely a London must do/see.

Tastemaker

I fell very lucky to have had the pleasure to go to St Pauls last night to see an amazing Poet in the City event.

The cathedral itself is absolutely gorgeous and potentially one of the most beautiful and iconic buildings in London.

Tastemaker

St Paul's is a well known London landmark and an integral part of the London Skyline.

St Paul's was completely destroyed during the great fire of London and was completly redesigned and rebuilt.

To mark the 350th anniversary of the great fire St Paul's hosted two late night evenings to view the inside the cathedral at almost half the normal price. There was however, a small catch. Because the cathedral is not normally open late there are no lights outside so the dome galleries (the upper levels) were closed during the two nights.Though disappointing, this did not distract from the fact that there is plenty to see inside.

There is an incredible amount of history stored inside this building and it is simply stunning to behold.

As part of the commemoration of the great fire the highest dome of the cathedral had a video projection of flames. The projection was visually incredible but also gave a tiny sense of what the great fire must have looked like.

Whatever the time of year, this is a very worthwhile place to visit.

Tastemaker

St Paul's Cathedral, where I'm sitting right now, is literally blowing my mind. The very famous London landmark was built by Christopher Wren and accessoried (shall we say) with intricate mosaics after Queen Victoria called it 'dull, cold, dingy and dreary,' crikey! Inside it is utterly astonishing in size and scale with the dome the epitome of beauty creating the centre of the cathedral and of course being one of the most recognisable features of the London skyline. The gilded architecture and beautiful artwork make this building rich in colour and in history. The nave is sweeping with arches and chandeliers adding to the grandeur. The choir and organs must be absolutely fantastic when it is in session which look onto a gilded alter and a intricate window. After you've marvelled about the inside - go up 259 steps to the Whispering Gallery, above the ground floor within the dome and have a go at whispering to a friend on the opposite side, you'll be amazed that you can hear them. These steps are easy peasy, and then the second set of 376 stairs up (in total) to the Stone Gallery as a little bit trickier, a little steeper, but just take your time. This is on the outside and you can take photos from here and see a little of London's skyline through the wall. If you are not afraid of heights or tight spaces (I only say this as I nearly had a nervous breakdown on the way up) please please pop up the full 528 steps (all the way from the bottom) to the Golden Gallery and hang on to your hat. In fact hold onto everything as there's only a railing in between you and the outside world. You can SEE everything from here, London Eye, Shard, Tate Modern, Gherkin, BT Tower, Oxo Tower, London buses, people, bars, gardens the works!!! It's tight though, very tight so be patient. The crypt is dark and peaceful, which leads to the gift shop and cafe. There's also a small garden surrounding it which is the perfect place for a picnic in nice weather. At £18 to get in, it's total value for money and j can only (honestly) say that there is only the Tower of London which I enjoyed in equal measure. They would both be at the top of my must-see London list.

tastemaker

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!

Tastemaker

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!

tastemaker

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!

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

Tastemaker

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.

Tastemaker

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

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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.

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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.


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.


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.