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A dome with a view - St Paul's galleries re-open for Easter

After three months of repair work to many hundreds of steps, the two external galleries on the dome of St Paul's will re-open this weekend.

Closed since the beginning of 2013, both the Stone Gallery and Golden Gallery will re-open on Saturday (30 March), allowing visitors to once again experience the finest views in the City of London.

The 360° viewing platforms on both levels allow stunning views over London and its many famous landmarks, including Tower Bridge, The Globe Theatre, The Shard, The London Eye and Buckingham Palace. On clear days, visitors can also enjoy views of the Wembley Arch and Olympic Stadium.

The repair work marks the end of a project to replace many of the hundreds of steps leading up and down, worn away over time by the tens-of-thousands of visitors who have made the 528-step ascent to the Golden Gallery, 85 metres above street level.

In 2012, specialist photographer Henry Stuart took two 'gigapixel' images from the Golden Gallery, one at sunrise and the other at sunset. These images allow users to experience full view from the top in stunning detail.

Click to view sunrise over the City

Click to view sunset over the City

Henry Stuart is no stranger to St Paul’s Cathedral, having taken a GigaPixel image of the interior of the Cathedral in 2011 – the largest image ever taken inside a cathedral. And the chance to capture the view from the Dome was one which Henry couldn’t resist.

He said: "Ever since I first went to the top of St Paul’s I had always wanted to capture this amazing view.

"The real beauty of St Paul’s isn’t just its location, right in the heart of London, but its height is perfect – tall enough to see for miles in all directions but not so tall that you lose a sense of depth in the rooftops of the buildings. There really is no finer view in London.”

The Stone and Golden Galleries re-open on Saturday, 30 March 2013.
Access to both is included in the regular sightseeing prices.
Find out more about St Paul's dome.