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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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  • One of my favorite parts of my trip to London. Not only is it cheaper and has just as good a view as the London eye, it is also a beautiful cathedral. Would recommend this any day.  more »
  • I don't see how anybody can visit St. Paul's and fail to be impressed by it. We took the audio tour - which I don't usually do, and it was full of interesting information. There was a bit of a queue -...  more »
  • Hats off to Christopher Wren for the Dome and the Whispering Gallery, but should one have to actually pay to enter a church? Yeah, yeah, maintenance costs and all that, but even so. . . ..  more »
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  • It's quite expensive but definitely worth it. The awesome and very informative information guide is included in the price and I'd definitely recommend picking it up and listening to the information. The staff can help you and the ones I've met are very friendly. Inside, the cathedral is just like most others, but the dome is quite special. I'd recommend going up all the stairs (it wasn't actually that bad, and that's something coming from me with a pure loathing for anything related to sport) and enjoy the marvellous view. Not recommended for those with claustrophobia though, as the stairs further up don't give you much room. The highest point doesn't have much room either, you literally just squeeze past people, take pics and try to enjoy the view and then leave. It's a one way circle around the top. All in all it is definitely worth it!
  • Absolutely stunning place, wonderful design and architecture. Once you're in, you can stay as long as you want. The audio-guided tour is very thorough, but it's possible to have a free tour every 90 minutes or so. We took the audio-guided tour option and stayed for three hours. Your ticket is valid for a year, which will make for other interesting visits, as we didn't have the chance to go higher than the gallery of whispers.
  • It was the most amazing place I have ever visited. It was emotionally breath taking inside and out. The service inside was amazing. Lit a candle too. An experience I will never forget. You don't need to be religious to appreciate this beautiful place.
  • Ornamental indeed. Wren set about reworking the Warrant Design, so much that when St Paul's was completed in 1710 it looked nothing like the approved design of 35 years earlier. It was a compromise, most certainly, but a magnificent and very English compromise. Renaissance walls raised high around a Gothic plan, concealed flying buttresses, and the most ingenious dome yet, devised using every trick known to late seventeenth-century structural engineering, worked together to shape a compelling Baroque cathedral.
  • This is my second time going to the cathedral and still I am still amazed by its beauty. The is a fee to pay around £16-18. There will audio guide available to all, also a tour guide fee of charge bringing you around the cathedral. It's about one half hour long. Please do go on up the stairs to the golden gallery, it is worth the 528 steps to the magnificent 360 degrees view. But if you have claustrophobia it might be difficult as the steps way up get narrow. So if you do go up take you time and go, please bare in mind the whisper gallery closes at 4.15 pm and sometimes they do let people in but you will be rushed and you can't enjoy the view.

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