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St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral, which stands at 111.3 metres high is one of the tallest cathedral domes in the world. It was built original built in 604, however, the St Pauls’ Cathedral you see today is actually the fifth version. This version was built between 1675 and 1710 due to the previous building being burnt down during the Great Fire of London in 1666.

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Things to see and do

For those who are planning to visit St Paul’s Cathedral there are many things to see and do whilst you are there. Here is a list of some of the interesting things not to miss:

  • Climb the Dome- Any trip to one of London’s most iconic landmarks wouldn’t be complete without actually climbing to the Golden Gallery located at the very top of the dome. With 271 steps in total it is not to be taken lightly. 
  • The Ball and Lantern- Today’s ball and cross stand at 23 feet high and weigh approximately 7 tonnes. They were original created in 1798 by Andrew Niblett but then later replaced in 1821 with today’s ball and cross, which was designed by the Surveyor to the Fabric, CR Cockerell and executed by R and E Kepp. 
  • Midnight Mass at St Paul's Cathedral - On Monday the 24th of December St Paul's Cathedral hosts midnight mass, an event where the Choir of St Paul's Cathedral is joined by Barbican Brass to mark the first Eucharist of Christmas. Don’t worry if you can’t attend this event as there are many Christmas celebrations held at the cathedral throughout December.

Crowne Plaza hotel near St Paul's Cathedral

If you’re looking for a hotel near St Pau’s Cathedral, look no further than the Crowne Plaza London Kensington, which is ideally located -- just a fifteen minutes’ drive away!

With 162 completely re-designed and fully updated stylish guestrooms here you will find everything you need to make your stay as relaxing and comfortable as possible. This hotel has a number of facilities and amenities including high-speed internet access, LCD TVs in all bedrooms, a fitness centre on-site and a children’s program.

Better still, the Crowne Plaza London Kensington hotel offers great savings on dinner, bed and breakfast rates when you book over 7 days in advance. 

Open hours

St Paul's Cathedral is open for sightseeing from Monday to Saturday 8.30 - 16.30, with the last tickets being sold at 16.00. The Cathedral is closed to the public on Sundays due to worship.

How to get to St Paul's Cathedral

By Tube

  • St. Paul's Tube Station - 2 minute walk
  • Mansion House Tube Station - 5 minute walk

 By Railway

  • City Thameslink Station - 5 minute walk
  • Blackfriars Railway Station - 6 minute walk 

By Bus: There are numerous buses stopping directly outside the cathedral, including: Bus Routes: 4, 11, 15, 23, 25, 26, 100, 242. 

Nearby Car Parks

  • Hillgate House NCP - 5 minute walk
  • Snowhill NCP - 8 minute walk

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St Paul's Churchyard
Greater London