11 Interesting Things About St. Paul’s Cathedral, London

1. St Paul’s Cathedral is one of the largest churches in the world. It can be found at the top of Ludgate Hill, the highest point in the City of London.

2. The present Cathedral, the masterpiece of Britain’s most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren, is at least the fourth to have stood on the site. It was built between 1675 and 1710, after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London, and services began in 1697.

3. Here are some of the important services held at St Paul’s:

St Paul Cathedral London 6

After the storm of a life lived in the heat of political controversy, there is a great calm.

This was the opening line of the Bishop of London during the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher.

4. St Paul’s Cathedral was the tallest building in London from its construction until 1962.

St Paul Cathedral London

5. The Cathedral’s dome is the second largest in the world at 366 feet high and is reached by climbing 259 steps.

6. In the Whispering Gallery, you can hear a whisper on the other side of the dome (112 feet away).

St Paul Cathedral London

7. Great Tom and Great Paul

In 1698, William III gave the bells from St. Stephen’s Chapel in the Palace of Westminster to be used for St. Paul’s. The largest was called Great Tom. Great Paul was cast in 1881 by John Taylor and Company.

8. St Paul’s has been shown in several films, including Mary Poppins, Sherlock Holmes and one of the Harry Potter films.

St Paul Cathedral London

9. Sir Christopher Wren was the first person to be buried in St Paul’s Cathedral. The cathedral’s largest monument is that to the Duke of Wellington, depicting the Duke riding a horse.

St Paul Cathedral London

10. The cathedral’s crypt is the largest in Western Europe and extends the entire length of the building. There are over 200 monuments and memorials in the crypt.

St Paul's Cross London

11. It takes 530 steps to get to the top of the Golden Gallery. From the observation platform on top the dome of the cathedral, you can see the modern skyline of London.

St Paul Cathedral London


Please note that taking photos inside the cathedral was strictly prohibited.



St. Paul’s Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD, United Kingdom


  • Cathedral – Mon-Sat (9:30am-3:45pm)
  • Gallery     – Mon-Sat (9:30am-4:15pm)
  • Crypt        – Mon-Sat (8:45am-4:15pm)

How to get here:


  • St Paul’s (Central Line)  – 2 minute walk
  • Mansion House (District and Circle Lines) – 5 minute walk
  • Blackfriars (District and Circle Lines) – 5 minute walk
  • Bank (Central, Northern and Waterloo & City Lines, and DLR) – 7 minute walk


  • Buses stopping nearby – 4, 11, 15, 23, 25, 26, 100, 242

St Paul's Station London


xoxo berryduchess

10 thoughts on “11 Interesting Things About St. Paul’s Cathedral, London

  1. But you know what? Thats totally fine because we get to concentrate on appreciating each detail of the church 🙂 and you will find yourself silenced and you just appreciate everything 🙂

  2. That’s true…it would disturb the solemnity as you say…I’m sure the art is amazing..Definitely must see next time!

  3. Thank you 🙂 yeah we felt a but disappointed too at first but it was also a good thing because we really enjoyed the solemnity of the place. The artwork that you will see inside is just divine. 🙂 maybe you can have it in your itinerary next time 🙂

  4. What an interesting post! I have been to London but didn’t get a chance to visit St. Pauls…it’s interesting that they won’t let you take photos inside…but your outside shots are very cool!
    I like the Whisper dome idea…that sounds very mysterious!
    And the photo of you in front of the Underground sign is great! You look fab!

  5. I agree. too bad we cannot take photos inside. But there are the naughty ones who hide and take snapshots but we thought that is is really inappropriate because it’s the first rule that you will read before you enter. 😀

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