Visitors to St. Paul's who do not want to make the 528-step climb to the top of the cathedral's magnificent dome still can get a bird's-eye view, thanks to an exhibit that opens this spring. Computer animation and film footage will take people on a "flight" through the dome. The as-yet-unnamed exhibit will also screen films about the history of the 300-year-old stone building and the 1,600 years of worship at this site, including the spectacular services held for royalty. The images will be shown on a 270-degree screen in the cathedral's crypt (basement), which is wheelchair-accessible. The exhibit will open in late May.
St. Paul's Cathedral is open to tourists Mondays-Saturdays. Adult admission is about $17.50. Church services are held every day of the year; a schedule can be found at the cathedral's comprehensive website, www.stpauls.co.uk.
St. Paul's Tube (underground) station, on the Central Line, is just a short walk from the cathedral, www.tfl.gov.uk.
The City of London, the district in which St. Paul's is located, also maintains a website, www.visitthecity.co.uk, with loads of visitor information.