Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour
- Duration: 2.5 hours
Sir Christopher Wren's architectural masterpiece is one of London's most celebrated landmarks, and the perfect backdrop to your vacation photos! Before you climb the 528 steps up to its spectacular dome, here are a few things to know about its history.
The current St Paul's is the fifth to have been built on or near the site. Little is known about the pre-Norman ones, but the third burned down in a widespread fire in 1087.
The fourth cathedral was also destroyed by fire. After the most famous fire in London's history, Sir Christopher Wren was tasked with building the current cathedral.
Wren was working on repairs to the old cathedral before the Great Fire broke out. He had grand plans for its replacement and used the burned out frame to stabilize the construction.
By 1716 the price of the finished building had reached £1,095,556, financed by a tax on coal. That's £143 million in today's money!
It was no miracle that the Blitz caused minimal damage. For the sake of national morale, Winston Churchill had the capital's fire-fighters prioritize saving the iconic monument!
St Paul's Cathedral is open to sightseers between the hours of 8:30AM and 4:30PM from Monday to Saturday. On Sundays it is only open for worship.
Note that the galleries – including the Golden Gallery in the cathedral's dome – don't open until 9:30AM. Admission tickets include multimedia guides and group tours (subject to guide availability). Book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
Touring the cathedral at a relaxed pace should take approximately 2 hours.
The best tube station for St Paul's Cathedral is on the Central Line and is also called St Paul's, which should be nice and easy to remember! The bus stop of the same name can be reached via the 4, 11, 15, 17, 23, 26, 76, and 172 bus routes.
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We loved our Harry Potter tour.Our guide, Lula was brilliant! My son, hard core Harry Potter fan, loved every bit of it. My parents are hard of hearing and know nothing about Harry Potter but even they loved it due to Lula's clear and interesting delivery. He was great with the kids and the adults so there was something for everyone.
Our guide Jack was excellent. He made the whole experience far more entertaining than a normal tour. His knowledge about all things Harry Potter was amazing..even his impression of Professor Snape.
George was very entertaining and certainly knew his stuff regarding ghosts! He made a point of talking individually to all of his guests, to make everyone feel made welcome.
easy to get River pass from Westminster and just showed the pass at the museums in Greenwich. very easy and enjoyable day, would recommend.
Our guide was very engaging, friendly and had a great knowledge. Overall we had a great time thanks to Nick