Results 11-20of 24 Reviews
June 19, 2006
From journal A Little Bit of England
April 8, 2006
From journal 3 Days in London
Hoffman Estates, Illinois
March 17, 2006
From journal Back to London After 14 Years
November 25, 2004
From journal London Sightseeing
Asheville, North Carolina
November 1, 2004
For those who are not interested in the religious aspects of St Paul's Cathedral or don't have time to go to a service, the architecture and historical value are both definitely worth stopping by for. The cathedral has a history dating back to 640 AD, and the current building of the cathedral has been there since the late 17th to early 18th century. Each day, the cathedral is open from 8:30am to 4pm, and for a small fee (£2-3), one can elect to take either a guided tour or an audio tour of the cathedral. I took the guided tour, and it was very informative.
One exciting thing about St. Paul's that I must mention is that you can take stairs and walk around the base of the dome in the interior of the cathedral. If you really feel like climbing a lot of stairs, you can also go to the top of the steeple, to a little walkway outside, and get an awesome view of the city. Getting to see the city from the top of the church is probably one of my fondest memories from St. Paul's.
While St. Paul’s can be called a "tourist trap" if you go during the times that tours are offered, it really was not that crowded when I went. It was a beautiful sight and a great historical lesson of London.
From journal Lovin' London!
October 22, 2004
When you go, it’s worthwhile to pick up an audio guide, which will point out things you might miss on your own, and gives good explanations of the things you see. The mornings are usually less crowded than the afternoons, and the main floor of the cathedral is large enough that it never feels overcrowded. If you’re up to climbing a lot of stairs, go up to the Whispering Gallery and have a whispered conversation under the dome. Climb higher, and you’ll get some fabulous views of the city. Because this is a working church, the building is closed to tourists during services, though anyone is welcome to join the service (no fee required). There’s a nice gift shop in the crypt, along with a café and restaurant.
From journal Spring Vacation in My Favorite City
by Sarah the Expat
London, United Kingdom
March 30, 2004
From journal An American Expat In London
Merritt Island, Florida
May 18, 2003
From journal European Whirlwind
New Delhi, India
September 13, 2002
St Paul’s is spectacular- twin-towered, huge, heavily ornamented, carved and gilded, and with the tombs of much of Britain’s glitterati within the church. We visited the church just after lunch (a mistake, as we later discovered, as we weren’t allowed to see most of the tombs, including the crypt, because part of the church was being cordoned off for evensong at 3.15. The crypt’s main occupant is Lord Nelson , whose tomb lies in the centre of the crypt, directly beneath the Dome.
Within the church, the most awesome feature is the high altar- it’s huge, and truly impressive: all of four tons of Italian marble, topped with a cross which towers three metres high. Spend at least 10-15 minutes wandering around the church, looking in on the beautiful chapels. After seeing the church, take some time off in the churchyard- it’s a deliciously quiet, serene and lovely place, great for a breather from the crowded cathedral itself.
From journal This Sceptred Isle and all that Jazz
January 22, 2002
From journal It's All Relative