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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. To visit St. Paul's Cathedral and get the most from your holiday in London, create itinerary details personal to you using our London trip itinerary builder.
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  • After passing by a few times decided to pay the expensive entry fee to see the inside . Note your ticket allows entry for a whole year if you want to go back . What a fabulous and tranquil place this ...  more »
  • Very beautiful temple in a prominent location in the city centre. It seems from afar and night fwtagwgimenos is even more impressive. Expensive the ticket for entry.
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  • Think of the great cathedrals of Europe, open all hours to the public. Now think expensive tickets to move through St. Paul's (and forced out through the gift shop). Granted its not entirely a bad thi...  more »
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  • Video Augments the Self-Guided Tour I don’t generally enjoy the audio-video tours of museums and sites because they “over-control” my visit and go into way too much detail. However, I must say that I was pleasantly surprised and quite delighted with the A/V tour included in the price of admission to St. Paul’s Cathedral. Each area of the tour corresponded to particular parts of the cathedral and grounds, with short, yet very informative segments about individual sections and architectural details, letting me choose what to investigate further through the audio-visual guide. In addition, there were recorded videos from congregants, as well as guided prayers and meditations from the church ministers. It had been several years since I had visited St. Paul’s, and the A/V tour provided me with insights and new knowledge about not only the structure, but also the history and functioning of the cathedral, its ministries, and the art inside. The church is a "welcoming congregation," so the Eucharist is open to all, regardless of faith tradition or Christian religion. What a wonderful way to sit, meditate, and pray when under the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral. If you’re physically able and not overly height-phobic, be sure to climb the 526 steps to nearly the top of the dome. The views are worth the effort.
  • Magnificent! Beautiful Cathedral, both day and night. Home is 1 kilometer from here, but I'd get off the tube from here to pass by this place and walk home. Sometimes I'd hang out if the weather is great. Brought a few friends here too. Located really close to millennium bridge.
  • Iconic building and an excellent audio guide, which lets you go around in the order and the pace you want. Views from the galleries are spectacular - both inside and outside the cathedral. Book your tickets online in advance - saves £2 on each ticket. You can also choose to donate to the cathedral rather than just paying, which means you can come back as many times as you want without paying again for a year.
  • Total rip off. Maybe tourists are used to paying above and beyond for things to do however £40 for a family to walk round a cathedral is a lot of money. People say it covers the running costs but seriously the place is packed and is nothing but a money earner the price is way above what they should charge for upkeep. Best of all no photographs which is a joke but a good excuse to sell you some. I work opposite but if i was crazy enough to spend that sort of money and got told i couldn't take pictures they would not like my response and i would be getting my money back. Take your kids to the beach for the day much better value
  • Where: St. Paul's Cathedral - London, UK What: A Cathedral How was it: Just at the end of the Millennium bridge is St. Paul's Cathedral. The area is very picturesque and the Cathedral is very elegant. We wanted to visit inside and ideally go all the way to the top but it was quite busy so we passed our chance. Grade: Eli = 4, Serge = 4 Recommend: Yeah you should go and hopefully it's not too busy when you go.