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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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  • St Paul's Cathedral was certainly beautiful, with absolutely breathtaking decorations, but it was smaller than I expected. I would recommend taking the audio tour, which is free with entry, or a guide...  more »
  • St. Paul's Cathedral, one of the great places that you must visit! Cathedral delights and impresses both externally and internally. My whole family got a huge kick out of visiting the Cathedral. Entrance fee, but it's worth it. Discounts for persons over 60 years of age.
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  • A walk across the millennium bridge from the Tate modern brings you directly to St. Paul’s across the Thames river. It’s imposing architecture dominates the London skyline with pomp and dignity. It is...  more »
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  • A must visit place in London. One of the unique church in terms of architecture. The building of the cathedral is unique, as it comprises of many round domes. Also photography lovers will love the place. They charge 18€ for a visit. But you can go there in "evening prayer" for free, which is there from 5-5:45. And is worth going there.
  • The Cathedral is an inviting place to worship, experience significant art and architecture and to see a bit of history. If you are inclined, the 7:30 am Sunday Service is a really unique experience. Because that is attended by mostly locals to the area, the congregation is small and sits in the choir area during the Service. That provides a special perspective of the Cathedral itself - not one you would have a chance to otherwise see. Make sure to check the exact Service schedule for the day you visit. Overall, you can have a great experience with a short stop-in or a longer visit. The climb up the Dome to elevated viewing areas is worth the time.
  • One of the 'must see' sights among the vast array of famous London landmarks, this is Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece and site of many gatherings of historical significance. If you love traditional church music, time your visit to coincide with the 5:00pm evensong sung by the choristers of St. Paul's Cathedral School. The acoustics make it possible to enjoy the music anywhere within the building, but sitting within the choir stalls is particularly memorable.
  • The cathedral is a beautiful experience. The audio tour guides you through various parts of the cathedral at your own pace and also grants access to the whispering galleries in the dome. There are also free guided tours (check schedule). The tickets are well worth it. The service is free to attend. The tickets just let you see more of the church with a very educational guide. If you're able to, do take the chance to climb the 227 stairs to the whispering galleries. The view is like no other. Also, stop to see the Mary and Martyr digital media exhibits. They are intriguing and tug at your heart. Truly wonderful experience!
  • 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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