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St. Paul's Cathedral
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Ranked #28 of 1,608 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 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 and multimedia guides, guided tours and the award-winning 'Oculus' film experience included.
St. John's, Canada
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“Must See”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

There is a fee; but worth it. The beautiful building and history makes this a must see. The climb to the top is a undertaking, and not for the weak of heart, or legs. Several of the stairwells are very narrow and low. If you have a problem with tight places, don't climb to the very top level. But, if you make it all the way, the views are wonderful! I would think this is the best place to get a great view of the skyline of London. On the way down don't forget to look through the glass floor which looks directly down into the middle of the dome into the Cathedral. Make sure to wander around St. Paul's and take it all in. The ceilings are amazing! Down into the crypt you'll find bathrooms, a cafe, and tombs including Nelson's. If you have a little extra time after finishing you tour, sit in the park outside an enjoy the atmosphere!

Visited July 2012
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“Timelessly Fascinating”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

You can easily allow yourself a whole day here. There is so much to see and it is all top quality. Step inside and you are immediately absorbed into another world. Something about England's historical past is encapsulated here. Not only in the architecture. The staff; the clergy; the way everyone seems to walk around in silent meditation. There are also beautiful paintings and sculpture by famous artists. Pre-Raphaelite painter Holman Hunt's 'The Light of The World' is here in all its splendour. The monotone paintings high up in the main cupola / dome are outstanding. I stood looking for ages and was happy to climb the 500-odd steps to get a closer look from the whispering gallery, where you can clearly hear words whispered 100 feet away on the other side of the dome. "Harry Potter", one young tourist was whispering. Quite chilling.

But for me it was the less obvious things that delighted. The wooden panelled vestibules where the choristers hang their cassocks. The cupboard that houses steps up into the organ pipes and pumps. The crypt is sheer bliss, with tombs of many famous musicians, painters, statesmen and Christopher Wren himself. The cafe and restaurant down here also serves delicious food.

Try to remember you are in the old city of London. When you leave, don't get straight on a bus or a tube. Have a walk around the back-streets. Here you'll find lovely old churchyards, warehouses and cobbled courtyards. You'll also find some excellent cafes, pubs and restaurants not aimed at tourists. These will help your day turn into something truly memorable.

Visited March 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Better than Westminster Abbey”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Great old church. Wish we could have taken photos inside. It is a lot of stairs up to the whispering dome, but worth the walk.

Visited February 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Good experience”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

This was the first place I visited when I came to London and I should say, it was a very good experience. It has its own history, you can buy a ticket to climb all the way to the top, the view of London is so amazing from the top. Worth a visit

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Kent, England
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

We visited St Paul's with our 3 and 5 year old children. The children loved the climb up to the Whispering Gallery but other than that they wasn't a great deal to keep them interested which is not a surprise as obviously we were visiting a place of worship not a playground. St Paul's website is very useful and has learning resources that we used once we returned home. Audio guides were included in the entrance fee so you can move around the Cathedral at your own place. The cafe and restaurant were first class. We visited One New Change that is across the road that has great views from the 6th floor which is worth a visit. St Paul's is an amazing place to visit but I feel that £14 per ticket is a bit steep.

Visited March 2013
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