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“Full of surprises” 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 #31 of 1,410 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..
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
Thank BarryWiseman
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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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“Beautiful but expensive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

We decided to not enter because of the price : 20£ ! It's very beautiful but we weren't sure that it was worth the price. The architecture is great but we stayed outside to observe that attraction

Visited November 2012
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“Not the same as Westminster Abbey”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Quite disappointed by a visit to St Paul's Cathedral. No sense of history or a feeling of spirituality. The building was more like a museum and lacked any atmosphere. Quite a shock after visiting the beautiful Westminster abbey!

Visited November 2012
Thank David K
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“Better than the Eye”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Like skwid, I was somewhat staggered at the £14 entrance fee - however, unlike him, we paid the money and went in. We spent an amazing four hours there, going up past the Whispering Gallery, right to the very top of the dome - and what a view awaited us - a far better and more extensive view of London (and beyond) than we got from the London Eye.
One caution, you need to be fit enough to scale the 550+ steps, but the reward for the effort is more than worthwhile.
On top of all that is the magnificent artwork, as good as any cathedral in the world - and all the history too.
A great experience which will linger long in the memory.

Visited November 2012
Thank Bryan C
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