Rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of 1666, the domed roof of St Paul’s Cathedral is one of the most recognisable sights in the London skyline. What many people don’t know is that there are many artefacts and secrets hidden in the crypt of the recently restored cathedral, as well as in the galleries leading to the iconic dome. While there’s plenty to take you back through the centuries of London’s past in the crypt, once you brave the steps that take you to the dome, you’ll discover there’s much more to St Paul’s Cathedral than first meets the eye.
St. Paul's Cathedral
- Visit one of London’s most historic tourist attractions
- See Lord Nelson’s final resting place
- Audio, touch-screen and live guide available
- Try Oculus, the incredible multi-dimensional video experience
- Hear your voice reflected in the amazing Whispering Gallery
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It is hardly surprising that this tour is all about history, given St Paul’s Cathedral’s role in Britain’s long past. Down in the crypts, you will see the tombs of some of the people who played a crucial part in that history, such as Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington.
In the Whispering Gallery, for example, you can whisper and hear your voice reflected back at you, while the Golden Gallery offers panoramic views across the London skyscape – well worth the long walk to the top.
St Paul’s might be one of the oldest historical structures in London, but restoration work has included the distinctly modern Oculus – a 270 immersive film experience for an in-depth look into the secrets of this British monument. Audio and guided tours are also available.
Getting to St Paul’s couldn’t be easier. It has its own Underground station on the Central line and is easily accessible by a number of public buses. After that, simply look for the dome or follow the signs.
St Paul’s is a vast building. Give yourself at least two hours to see everything. Note that both the Stone Gallery and the Golden Gallery are closed during certain periods in 2017 for maintenance work.
St Paul’s is open daily, except Sundays for worship. Last tickets for the tour are sold at 4 pm and the site closes to visitors from 4.30 pm onwards.
As a place of worship, you don’t expect much in the way of food and refreshments, but there is Apostrophe, which is a good cafe located in St Paul’s Courtyard for brunch or a cup of coffee.