Best of Greenwich and St Paul's Cathedral
Activity code: 50
- Explore one of London’s most beloved buildings, St. Paul’s Cathedral
- Travel down the iconic River Thames by boat to Greenwich
- Explore Greenwich, a village within a city
- Plenty of time to find a great lunch spot
- Learn about the history of astronomy in the Royal Observatory
St. Pauls Cathedral
The history of St. Pauls Cathedral dates way back to 604 AD. The earliest incarnations of St. Pauls were short lived, repeatedly damaged by fires and Viking attacks. It was the structure begun in roughly 1087 AD by Bishop Maurice, Chaplain to William the Conqueror that would last for almost 600 years. War, lightening and fire all but destroyed St. Pauls by 1666 but by 1675, Sir Christopher Wren had begun to reinvent the Cathedral in to its current glory. It was completed by 1708 when the last stones were laid by Christopher Wren Junior and Edward Strong, son of the master stonemason.
Inside the Cathedral you will be able to marvel at the incredible interior that boasts the third largest organ in the world, stunning pieces of art, the bomb-damaged High Altar, and the breathtaking Nave. Don't forget to explore the famous Dome, and check out the tomb of Sir Christopher Wren himself in the Crypt.
River Thames Boat Ride
Take in the sights from the River Thames as you glide down river to Greenwich. You'll pass Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, HMS Belfast and the Tower of London, under Tower Bridge and through the historic Docklands area before you reach Greenwich and the Cutty Sark.
Relax and find a great spot for lunch in Greenwich
The Royal Observatory
The Royal Observatory is home to the Meridian Line which runs from the North Pole to the South Pole dividing the eastern and western hemispheres. If you stand with one foot on one side and another on the other, you are perfectly in the middle, east and west.
Nicknamed 'the home of time', the Observatory was another architectural masterpiece from Sir Christopher Wren and displays the maritime clocks that allowed Britain to become leaders in nautical exploration, warfare and trade. The Museum displays important scientific artefacts from early explorations in to time and astronomy including John Harrison's groundbreaking marine timekeepers, which not only saved the lives of many men at sea but are also beautiful objects.
Your tour will finish at approximately 5:00pm and you can hop on any return boat you like.
What You Get
What You Don’t Get
- You will be given a return boat ticket and use it on any boat you choose.
- Gratuities are optional.
- Visitors are allowed to take photographs in designated areas within the Cathedral on a non-commercial basis. Filming, the use of flash, additional lighting, tripods, monopods and selfie sticks are not permitted.
- Photography and filming are not permitted in the Whispering Gallery or during services - it should be paused during hourly prayer.
- St Paul’s Cathedral offers complimentary entry for a visitor with a disability and an accompanying carer or necessary companion – these tickets should be requested on arrival.
- Please note that this tour is not recommend for people with mobility issues.
This tour runs from May to September.
Days of departure: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Meeting time: 8:15am
Meeting point: Outside City of London Information Centre, St. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8BX
Return time and drop-off point: Your tour will finish at approximately 5:00pm and your ticket will allow you to take any return boat you like.
Duration: approximately 9 hours