This beautiful white cathedral is London parish church. It has often been said that Westminster Abbey is for Royals and Politicians and St Paul’s Cathedral is for the people of London.
Created on the ruins of Old St Paul’s that was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666, the current church was completed in 1711, 35 years after the great English architect Sir Christoper Wren had the idea of a cathedral with a dome, the largest one in Britain.
A visit to St Paul’s is very peaceful. With is tall windows and beautiful mosaics it oozes calm and light.
During your guided your will hear the story of the brave St Paul’s Watch, volunteers who were stationed in the church during the Second World War saving it from fire bombs, hear the stories and visit the tombs of two of England’s greatest war heroes in the 19th century, Vice Admiral Nelson who died at the Battle of Trafalgar and the Duke of Wellington who won the Battle of Waterloo. In the crypt we will visit the unassuming grave of the great architect Sir Christopher Wren.
Enjoy the beautiful wood carvings in the quire by Grilling Gibbons and reflect in the American Memorial Chapel, a chapel build by the British as a thank you to those Americans who lost their lives in Europe during the Second World War. As we walk around the church we will also enjoy modern art by Bill Viola and Henry Moore.
And if you are feeling energetic you can scale the stairs to the galleries above in the dome and all the way to the top. 365 feet up with stunning views of the city of London.
Please note tickets are not included in the guiding fee and can be bought on the day.