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“A lovely Cathdral to visit.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral
London EC4M 8AD, England (City of London)
+44 20 7236 4128
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Ranked #30 of 1,299 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 Winston Churchill's funeral and the marriage of the Prince and Princess of Wales..
Norwich, United Kingdom
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“A lovely Cathdral to visit.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

When my wife and I were in London for a few days recently we visited St.Pauls Cathedral.I must say it was a memorable visit..the architecture is lovely;what a building on the outside!
Inside is just so beautiful to see and also very moving.We attended a short service while we were
there and came away having enjoyed our visit ver much.


Visited November 2012
Thank Malcolm B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

It was much larger than expected and you really need a whole day at least to do it justice. Try and walk up all the steps to the top outside viewing bits - over 500 in all. If you go right up to the very top bit the stair case become very narrow. I loved it! So, you can be restful and sit and take in the sheer beauty of all the intricate beauty of it all or be energetic and climb all the stairs. All in all magical, tranquil and exhilarating to be high up outside walking around the top looking at the views for miles. Do not miss!

Visited November 2012
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Beaverton, Oregon
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“Offers more than Westminster Abbey”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Like Westminster Abbey, there is a fee to enter, @$24, and you cannot visit on Sundays. Unlike Westminster Abbey, there is more to see here. St Paul's has one of the most amazing ceilings in any church. A climb of 259 steps will take you to the Whispering Gallery, but this is a trip not for those who suffer from vertigo, as I do. If you're okay with this, walk around about one third of the gallery, and continue your upward journey. Add another 271 steps and you reach the exterior Golden Gallery with views across London. Prince Charles and Lady Diana were married at St Paul's.
St Paul's narrowly escaped being destroyed by Nazi bombing in World War II.

Visited November 2012
Thank Philip H
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West Sussex, England
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“Full of surprises”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

It's years since my wife and I visited Str Paul's. Then, it was dark, dusty and not all that pleasant. I suppose the place was given a good spruce up for the Royal Wedding and now it is just magnificent.
Look inside the tower to the right of the main door and see a beautiful cantilever staircase, looking like a giant corkscrew above your head. The chapel next door (I think it was St George's) holds some surprises for Australians. There's a bishop's chair that on closer inspection was dedicated to Australian explorer John Forrest and the main stalls remember a Tasmanian bishop.
The main doors are immense and it was surprising to find a large American War Memorial behind the main altar. When we visited, it was a sunny morning and the mosaics shone as their makers intended.
The crypt was full of interest, with the tombs of Wren, Nelson, Wellington and Churchill among others. On a wall was another interesting memorial slab, for Billy Fiske, the first American to be killed in uniform in WW11 and the subject of a film being made, controversially, with Tom Cruise in the lead part.
It seems wrong to have to pay to enter a cathedral and I expect anyone would be entitled to demand free admission, but, having paid and viewed, I would say it is money well spent.

Visited November 2012
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“An amazing Cathedral”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

We decided late in the day — 4pm to go to St.Paul's, it was a Saturday night.
As soon as you approach the Cathedral you are filled with awe and amazement it is such an impressive building from the outside. Inside it is even more impressive. We spent time sitting and looking up at the ceiling and artwork and then walking around reading the plaques on the wall. You could do the whole guided tour by earphone, if you want to but as we arrived just before evensong this was not an option for us but we were happy with that.
As we had arrived the choir were assembling for evensong, it was truly atmospheric. When the choir started to sing, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up, even my friends were touched by the sound and atmosphere . It was a very special experience.
If you get the chance, do St.Paul's Cathedral in the evening, you wont be disappointed.

Visited November 2012
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