St Paul’s, with its world-famous Dome, is an iconic feature of the London skyline, but there is so much more to Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece than its impressive facade.
For over 300 years Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece has dominated the London skyline becoming one of the most famous and most recognisable sights of London.
At 365 feet (111 m) high, it was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1962. The dome, once framed by the spires of Wren’s City churches, is among the highest and largest Cathedral domes in the world. It weighs approximately 65,000 tonnes and is supported by eight pillars.
With its recently restored façade, glittering mosaics, intricate stone carving, and breath-taking vantage points a visit to St Paul’s is a must.
In the crypt are effigies and fragments of stone that pre-date the Cathedral, relics of a medieval world. From Wren’s original vision, Jean Tijou’s beautiful wrought iron gates of 1700 still separate the quire from the ambulatory; children still test the acoustics in the Whispering Gallery; and the 1695 organ which Mendelssohn once played is still in use
Services held at St Paul’s have included the funerals of Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and Sir Winston Churchill and the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales and Princess Diana.
Whether St Paul’s is an old favourite, or you’re planning your first trip to the Cathedral, we can guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Disabled Access: access to the cathedral for wheelchair users and visitors with mobility issues is via the South Churchyard.
The Cathedral may from time to time close (at short notice) due to special services of worship.