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St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's

Self-guided walks for the Curious...

Explore the St Paul's district with two self-guided heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme. Discover St Paul's's "hidden treasures" whilst having a fun day out with family and friends!
St Paul's is in The City of London, close to London's financial district. But this walk is not about banks, it's about one of Britain's most dazzling cathedrals, immersed in history. It's about a celebrated hospital, Smithfield's livestock market, Bow Bells, the gorgeous Guildhall, and the River Thames. This is an area of London few will know well, but experience it and you'll feel afterwards you know London that much better.


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Curious About... St Paul's

  • An exploration of the St Paul's district with two self-guided heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Completing the treasure hunt keeps everyone actively engaged, and urges you to look up, down and every which-way - so you won't miss out on any of the town's treasures.
    Explore, Discover, and Enjoy!
  • Most clues are chosen for their historical value, so you'll learn about the diverse culture, significant people and extraordinary events which have influenced St Paul's in becoming what it is today.
  • This is an outdoor, unsupervised activity - so you can go at a pace which suits you, whilst keeping you healthy!
  • A Curious About walk is a fun and social activity for all the family and friends. Different people can take on different roles - follow the map, identify picture clues, read directions, etc - it's ideal for children from the age of 6, and if you can walk/wheelchair it, you're young enough!
  • The two walks have been designed so that the second one follows on from where the first one ends. Do both, or have a breather and do the second one another day! They both start and finish in the heart of the town - so buses, trains and car parks are easily available to get you there and back.

1. St Paul's Cathedral to City of London Guildhall - 1.5 miles / 2.4 kms
First skirt St Paul’s cathedral to soak up its majesty, before diving into the hustle and bustle of the City of London. Here there’s something for everyone – quiet, enclosed courtyards, busy arcades, streets with lively bars and restaurants, and people rushing around. See also a famous hospital, a meat market, almshouses, ancient churches, museums, delightful gardens, the spectacular Guildhall, and much, much more.
1.5 hoursOK

2. City of London Guildhall to Millennium Bridge - 1 mile / 1.6 kms
From the shiny white Guildhall, visit the streets where Prime Ministers worked, famous men and women were born, and Dick Whittington lived. Pass Bow Church, heart of the Cockney area. Along the way catch glimpses of St Paul’s cathedral, before finishing your walk at the Millennium Bridge. Here you can stop and watch the Thames below, or cross to the Tate Modern, and the other attractions of the South Bank.
1 hourOK

Each booklet has a page dedicated to the history of the town and 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions on what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are interesting stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions on how to find a clue if you're stuck; and a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.
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You have 14 days to complete your download, and up to 3 attempts are permitted. If you buy the print-at-home version you will need to print it on normal A4 paper and the email you receive, with the download link, explains how best to fold the pages to make it into an A5 booklet. If you buy the download to mobile version you will need pdf reading software on your phone or tablet, eg using the Adobe Acrobat App (free).

Printed Copy
The booklet has a flexible cover, which has been professionally printed. The inside pages are printed to order, to ensure that they are as up-to-date as possible. We post booklets out 1st class Royal Mail, usually the same, or next working day. A small postage & packing charge is added.

"The walk's called St Paul's, but this was a revelation to us - so much history packed into the streets around it. We loved the museum by the Guildhall, and fab place to finish, at the Thames. Thanks!"

Latest Revision : October 2023

St Paul's

Places you'll pass along the way - tap an image for more detail