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“Rip-Off London - Pay £14.50 to get into a Church!”

St. Paul's Cathedral
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Ranked #14 of 1,908 things to do in London
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Rebuilt by Christopher Wren after the great Fire of 1666, St. Paul's has been the site of many historic state occasions; including Sir Winston Churchill's state funeral and the Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. A busy working Christian community with several daily services at which all are welcome. St Paul’s also welcomes visitors with access to five levels of the Cathedral including the Whispering Gallery with its unique acoustics and the Stone and Golden Galleries atop the Dome offering breathtaking panoramic views over London. Multimedia guides in eight languages for adults and children are included with sightseeing admission as well as free guided tours to join upon arrival.
Reviewed 5 July 2011

Only in London it seems to you have to Pay to get into a Church. I have been to many cities throughout the world an never ever been charged to enter a Cathedral. A donation, yes, but a £14.50 admission charge. That will be right!!!

Be warned tourists, view it from afar and enjoy its dominance of the London Skyline, but try and visit and watch the money grabbers jump into action.

I think the Anglican Church is well enough funded to pay for the upkeep of St Pauls without having to rip-off tourists as well.

Date of experience: June 2011
16  Thank gazburns
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StPaulsLondon, Public Relations Manager at St. Paul's Cathedral, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2011

Thank you for taking the time to give your feedback on your visit to St Paul's. Although we charge an admission fee to sightseeing in the cathedral, we never charge those people who want to worship. Those attending our services do so at no cost. People seeking a place to be quiet and pray are admitted to the St Dunstan's Chapel free of charge. Admission on Sundays for all services is of course free and there is no sightseeing.

St Paul's receives little regular or significant funding from the Crown, Church or the State. We therefore rely on the income generated by tourism to allow the building to continue to function as a centre for Christian worship, as well as to cover general maintenance and repair work.

Most of our visitors, on understanding this, are only too happy to help support a place that is not only a centre for spiritual pilgrimage but also a part of our nation's heritage. The Dean and Chapter have the responsibility for caring for St Paul's both as a living and active church, but also as an heritage asset.

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Reviewed 2 July 2011

Again, this is a must-see if you are a tourist in London. We found this beautiful cathedral much more user friendly and just as historic as Westminster Abbey. Be sure and see the crypt as well. Definitely worth a visit.

Date of experience: June 2011
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Reviewed 2 July 2011

St Paul's Cathedral is beaufitul. I just learned that this was where Diana got married!

It looks as pretty on the outside as in the inside.

I enjoyed my visit and the shop had many beautiful things to buy from all over the world, fare trade bracelets and rings, rosaries, bags.

Date of experience: June 2011
1  Thank FalcoG
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Reviewed 24 June 2011

I had to visit St. Paul's because it's just one of those things you have to see in London, plus I'm a bit of a royalist and had to see where Charles and Diana were married. It's quite impressive inside and out. The dome and all of the beautiful mosaics. I just sat under the dome and took it all in. I was even lucky enough to hear the St. Paul's boys choir practicing. I climbed up all those stairs to the Whispering Gallery and then up the rest of the stairs to the outside. It's a great view of London. The stairs are not for the unfit or claustrophobic however, so be warned! Once you start, there's no turning back.

Date of experience: June 2011
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Reviewed 20 June 2011

St. Paul's dominates its neighborhood, especially with its impressive Christopher Wren-designed dome. Inside, however, the memorials, windows, etc., are less impressive than those at Westminster Abbey or Canterbury Cathedral. The audioguide headsets were worse than useless --- never did figure out how to find what we wanted to hear about. Near the altar, there was a service in progress that was not indicated on any signage. Visitors roamed freely through the space without realizing that they were disrupting worship.

The best reasons to visit St. Paul's are downstairs. There's a room devoted to memorials of a military regiment, and Wellington's and Nelson's tombs figure prominently near the center of the crypt. Oddly, the cafeteria at the far end of the downstairs area does not disrupt the quiet, contemplative atmosphere in the other areas. Plus, their scones and coffee are pretty good!

Date of experience: May 2011
Thank GreenChileGal
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