"Not to be Missed!" St. Paul's Cathedral Tip by laforstraveller
St. Paul's Cathedral, London: 289 reviews and 570 photos
St. Paul's Cathedral ranks as #2 of my "Top 10 Things to Do in London" list. It is absolutely impressive! This beautiful cathedral was built by Sir Christopher Wren between 1675 and 1710, and has survived the bombings of World War II. The dome is massive and houses what is known as the Whispering Gallery. The acoustics in the dome are so phenomenal that if one person whispers along the wall of the dome, another person can hear the whisper on the opposite side. (I can't seem to find anything that shows the circumference of the dome, so I can't give you the details--but it is really impressive when you can hear your travel partner's whisperered words across the distance.) There are, of course, no elevators and the only way to reach the Whispering Gallery is to climb the steps (259 to be exact.). From the Whispering Gallery, you can continue the climb all the way up to the Golden Gallery (a total of 530 from ground level). From here you'll be treated to some amazing views of London. If you're up to it, I believe it's worth the climb.
The interior of the dome is absolutely breathtaking. While in the Whispering Gallery, you'll see some amazing mosaics (amidst the archways), and then the murals of St. Paul on the inner dome itself. The craftsmanship was just amazing, and you'll wonder at how the artists were able to accomplish their work.
Several dignitaries are entombed here such as the Duke of Wellington (remember Waterloo?), Lord Nelson, and Sir Christopher Wren (the architect). The crypt is worth a visit, and there is a little cafe down there for some refreshments, as are the restrooms.
You can purchase your ticket in advance at www.stpauls.co.uk. The last time that I went, in 2008, the ticket prices were 9.5 GBP for adults. Your ticket gives you entrance to the cathedral, the crypt, and the dome. No photography is allowed inside the cathedral--so buy a postcard.
Address: St Pauls Churchyard, EC4
Directions: St Pauls tube
Phone: 0 20 7236 4128
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