Our first morning in London was freezing cold, windy and rainy but that wasn’t stopping us from exploring London! So we layered up, put our warmest clothes on and braved the rain looking for some breakfast! We headed to the closest food place that was open (it was Easter Monday so there were a lot of stores that were closed – random tip: always be sure to check if there are local holidays wherever you’re going! Don’t want to be stuck in place when all stores are closed!) which was McDonald’s! After breakfast we went to go look for a Hop-On-Hop-Off bus, there’ll be a separate blog post on that so let’s just fast forward a bit. Found our bus, hopped on and headed to our first stop, St. Paul’s Cathedral.
The beautiful English baroque design by Sir Christopher Wren on St. Paul’s Cathedral is just so beautiful! And I can tell you now, the pictures will comvince you to come here butttt for those who are swayed yet, here are five reasons why I think you should visit St. Paul’s Cathedral:
1. It’s part of London’s History
Built some time during 1675-1708, it’s been around for a while and it has so much history revolving it. Including being destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666, followed by restoration, some war damage, and more!
2. You’ll learn a lot!
I recommend getting a free audio guide at the entrance (we didn’t know about this until the very end, but we still had a good time looking around). The guides are easy to use and there are a lot of staff around to help you if you can’t figure it out. There are certain points (they are usually numbered) and you just click the button and the guide will tell you all about it. If listen is not your thing, there are also maps with some information about the Cathedral too!
Random fact: This is where Prince Charles and Princess Diana were married on July 29, 1981.
*Disclaimer: No photography or videography allowed inside the Cathedral. Photo of the Nave (above) and the Dome (below) were from https://www.stpauls.co.uk*
3. The Crypt
Yes, the crypt is a little creepy but it’s another must see! It’s the largest in the whole of Europe with over 200 monuments and memorials. James Barry, John Donne, Arthur Wellesley (Duke of Wellington), Christopher Wren (Architect of St. Paul’s) and Alexander Fleming (penicillin :p) are just some of the famous people buried here!
4. Climbing the Dome will give you an awesome view of London
Standing at 111 meters tall, you’ll sure have an epic epic epicccc view of London! Just show your ticket to the entrance of the stairs and climb your way up!
There are three galleries of the Dome to explore, the Whispering Gallery which is 257 steps up; the Stone Gallery which is 376 steps up and last is the Golden Gallery which is 528 steps or 85 meters above the Cathedral Floor! Wahhhhhh!
Unforntanely we only made it to the Stone Gallery (yes it’s a bit tiring, but still made it. Phew!) because as I said early it was raining and so windy, and the Golden gallery was closed off for safety. Looking down at the Cathedral below from the Stone Gallery was still breath taking! Also, trying “whispering” at the Whispering Gallery! Hehe. It can be heard from the other side which is 112 meters away!
5. It’s just beautiful!
One of the most beautiful churches in the UK! It’s definitely worth a visit, even if you just spend maybe an hour or two. You won’t regret it! 😀
Opening Hours (Monday to Saturday, Cathedral is only open for worship on Sunday).
8:30 am = Doors open for sightseeing
9:30 am = Galleries open for access
4:00 pm = Last tickets issued
4:15 pm = Last entry to galleries
4:30 pm = Cathedral closes for sightseeing
Individual / Group (10+) and Online Rates
Adults (18 yrs+) = £18.00 / £16.00
Students and Seniors (60 yrs+) = £16 / £14
Children (6-7 yrs old) = £8 / £7
Family Ticket (2 Adults and 2 Children) = £44 / £39