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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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  • Excellent place to go for a touch of history, beauty and views. We did the steps all the way to the upper outside area. What a view.  more »
  • He had been outside but not inside. It is a real gem. The service of the staff, the videoguides with the latest technology, each of its corners, all worth. And if the forces allow you missing not climbing the 617 steps up to the top of the dome: incredible!
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  • Really the only downfall of this site is that you have to pay to go in, unless you're attending for worship purposes (I believe), and you can't take pictures of the interior. This place is absolutely,...  more »
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  • I was impressed how they have managed to keep the atmosphere of a place of worship and also remain big tourist attraction. It’s a very impressive building. The highlight for a non religious visitor is the “whispering gallery” that gets you closer to appreciate the stunning inside of the dome. Then there’s the “stone” and “golden gallery” which takes you outside to get a unique view of the city. Be prepared for hundreds of steps, it’s a long way up so avoid if you don’t like heights. Very expensive entrance fee.
  • We visited this beautiful, iconic cathedral today and were very emotionally happy to be there. There's so much history in this 300 year old institution, and with so many influential dignitaries interred, it's no wonder it's one of the most visited place in the world. Taking pictures and videos weren't allowed inside; however, if you venture up twelve hundred plus steps high above the main floor of the cathedral, you can take pictured and videos outside it. You will discover a great view of London. The cathedral also has a restaurant with decent food and a great souvenir store. If you're in London, visit this cathedral. You will be amazed.
  • This was one of the most stunning places that we visited in London. The interior of the cathedral is even more impressive than the exterior. There is a great deal of history in this building, and it makes for fascinating viewing. It is also a working church, so you may see a service in action while you are there. We walked up to the Whispering Gallery and then up to the higher levels for the exterior views. Please note that when they warn people of the heights involved and the number of stairs, they are not joking. People who are uncomfortable with heights will not enjoy going up, and should rather wait below. The tearoom in the crypt was very pleasant too.
  • NO PHOTOS allowed inside the cathedral. Many people sitting on the stairs outside the cathedral. Some tourists and some local people having quick lunch. Pretty busy spot. I didn't take the guided tour (with fees). I used the audio tour (free). It is very very well organized audio tour. You can go by your own pace. Little touch screen device will show you what video to play when you are in area of the cathedral. The architecture, the history and the statues are beautiful. If you are ready for some challenge, you can climb up the narrow stairway up to the top of the cathedral..... hundreds of steps. Overall, a have to see tourist attraction spot.
  • Magnificent building but have given 4 stars instead of 5 because of their pricing policy. I visited for free years ago, but now you have to pay £18 to enter. Admittedly this gives you everything, the Crypt, Whispering gallery, Guided tour etc. But not everyone might want to do all of these. Maybe should have a much lower basic entrance price for the floor so you can see inside, then additional charges if you want to go up the tower or visit the crypt. However, one way to see the interior for free is to go to one of the services at the Cathedral (times attached).
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