St Paul's Cathedral
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What to expectSt Paul's Cathedral is an enduring symbol of one of the world's greatest cities. The soaring dome is an unmissable part of the London skyline, even as skyscrapers tower around it. The jaw-dropping gilded interior was the setting for Britain's most famous royal wedding. Your admission ticket, best booked in advance, includes a guided tour and takes you to the heart of London's most loved building, built after the destruction of the Great Fire of London and survivor of Second World War bombs. No visit to London is complete without experiencing St Paul's.
From Monday to Saturday: from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The cathedral's knowledgeable English speaking guides are available, as well as multi-media electronic guides in a variety of languages. These are included in your admission ticket and offer a real insight into this astonishing building and its history. Audio guides available: Spanish, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese.
The ground floor and the crypt are accessible for people with reduced mobility
Given the large number of steps to the galleries, the tour is not recommended for people with reduced mobility or fear of height:
- 257 steps to the Whispering Gallery
- 376 steps to the Stone Gallery
- 528 to the Golden Gallery.
Explore St. Paul’s Cathedral, an architectural masterpiece
St Paul's Cathedral has a special and unique place in every Londoner's heart. From the bombs of the blitz during the Second World War, when its majestic dome survived as the buildings around St Paul's were reduced to rubble, to the wedding of Lady Diana Spencer to Prince Charles, this cathedral has been essential to the identity of London - and of Britain as a whole.
Your admission ticket, best booked in advance, allows you to see beyond the baroque architecture as you step through the huge front doors and into the magnificent interior. Look upwards to the gilded ceilings - and to the inside of the dome itself, where the whispering gallery, high above, waits to welcome you. Architect Sir Christopher Wren imagined St Paul's rising from the ashes of the Great Fire of London in 1666. His ideas weren't always popular and much of the work took place behind hoardings. Once it was finished, however, it didn't take long for St Paul's, the tallest building in London until the late 1960s, to become the universally revered place that is today.