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St. Paul's Cathedral
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St Paul's Cathedral Admission Ticket
Ranked #14 of 1,849 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 3 weeks ago

I was interested in seeing St. Paul's because it is the work of architect Christopher Wren. A magnificent building! Went early morning and the lines were not long for tickets or tours. If you just want to see the building without a tour one option is to go for evensong, every day at 5pm. there is no cost for this and they begin to admit people at 4:30.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed the chance to hear evensong at the Cathedral. Excellent organ playing. The choir were really good - shame that it was all male. The service was straight evensong.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Little known secret, you can climb hundreds of steps and go to the "Golden Circle" at the tippy top of the Cathedral. We witnessed a choir group practicing in the center of the cross. Take the guided tour, FANTASTIC. You must pay to get in.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was so amazing very beautiful and a lot of statues from days gone by to think they had the knowledge wow

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had an ambitious schedule to see as much of London's sites as I could in a short number of days. I wanted to see St. Paul's, but wasn't sure I could devote the time necessary for a tour. The solution was to show up at 8 am Sunday morning for early worship! I highly recommend doing it this way.

First, London is utterly deserted at 8 am on Sunday morning. You can get around on the Tube, for the most part; but plan your route because some lines might be closed on early Sunday morning, and other lines might be under repair, as I discovered. But even if the route you had planned doesn't work, the Tube is so extensive that there's always another way to get there. In any case, one thing you won't find at 8 am is crowds of people, anywhere.

Believe it or not, that includes St. Paul's. I climbed the famous front steps - completely alone - except for a uniformed man standing next to the one open door. He confirmed that I was in the right place for morning worship. As I entered one of the largest and grandest cathedrals on the planet, I found it virtually deserted! I strode the lengh of the place with only a handful of other visitors around, and made it all the way to the "Quire" - the ornate, carved boxes with individual candlestick lamps where choirs would normally sit. There were so few people there for worship, I'd guess about 30 of us in all, that we were seated in the Choir seats to be near the high altar.

One thing that is missing from that early service - and this may be a deal breaker for some - is music. St. Paul's has an incredibe pipe organ, one of the best and oldest on Earth. So if you feel music is a must, go to a different service. But I was surprised to find that I liked the peaceful, quiet, even intimate service with no music and just a few people seated near the priest and the altar as he spoke to us. Of course, Holy Communion was part of the service, and this added to the feeling of an intimate worship service. I can't begin to describe the amazing juxtaposition of a few strangers coming together to worship in a small group, in one of the grandest cathedrals anywhere!

After about 40 minutes of worship, I was off to more sightseeing. But on my way out, at that early hour on a Sunday morning with so few other people around, I was able to pause - alone - in the very center of the floor below Sir Christopher Wren's massive dome (the second largest church dome on the planet behind St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican) look up and just ponder the literal enormity of it all.

This cathedral is an architectural wonder to this day. It is so large that after more than 300 years of magnificent existence, its rectors are still finding secret rooms that nobody in modern times knew existed! Knowing those things, as well as all the history it has seen, make any visit an amazing experience, quite apart from the size and majesty of the place. But actually going there to worship, and using it as it was always intended to be used, was an added dimension that should not be missed.

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