Wesstminster Cathedral roof

Buckingham Palace offers fantastic value: provided you get your ticket endorsed as you leave, you can use it again as often as you want for a year.  This week we set off to do just that.  If you plan on doing the same, make sure you ring and book a slot first, turning up on spec could land you with a long wait as we found out.  We chose not to wait instead made the most of a bright sunny day to ascend the campanile of nearby Westminster Cathedral.

Victoria new buildings

Work started on the Catholic Cathedral in 1895, we couldn’t take a detailed look at the as yet unfinished interior as a service was in progress when we arrived.   The views from the top of the 273-foot tower beckoned.  Thankfully in 1929 a lift was installed meaning that we didn’t have to climb the 375 steps.   Above us in the viewing gallery, and out of sight, hangs the bell Big Edward he weighs in at over two and half tons and is one of the biggest bells in the country.  Maybe it was just as well he didn’t ring whilst we were up there!

Westminster Cathedral view

Those of you who have been to Victoria Station recently will know that it is the scene of massive building works.  We got a birds view of all those cranes and new buildings.  The cityscape seemed unfamiliar from this new vantage point: Buckingham Palace was all but hidden behind the new buildings; Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and the Shard all seemed to line up.  Newest of all to me were the green copper domes that crown the roof of the Cathedral’s nave.  Well worth the £12 family ticket.

On our return I read the Palace website and it makes it quite clear that ringing ahead to book your slot is advisable when reusing your ticket.  Note to self ….. plan ahead.



  1. August 14, 2016 / 6:15 am

    What incredible views! I hope you get to visit Buckingham Palace in future!

  2. August 14, 2016 / 6:46 am

    Those views are amazing! I love the green domes. You don’t get to see a different angle very often. It looks like a lovely day, too. #MySundayPhoto

  3. August 14, 2016 / 8:15 am

    Never knew that about reusing BP tickets. Really useful and good value.

  4. August 14, 2016 / 10:47 am

    Amazing views across the city. I love the idea of returning within the year too

    • Catherine
      August 14, 2016 / 12:12 pm

      I just need to get organised!

  5. August 14, 2016 / 11:34 am

    Beautiful photos, London really does have some stunning views

    Thank you for linking up

  6. August 14, 2016 / 3:34 pm

    What beautiful views – and such a great way to see London. I really like the way those green domes dominate the photo.

  7. August 14, 2016 / 3:44 pm

    Such good tips! Despite living in London since 2002 I’ve not visited Buckingham Palace or been up Westminster Cathedral. What gorgeous views X #MySundayPhoto

    • Catherine
      August 14, 2016 / 4:51 pm

      Both are excellent things to do!

    • Catherine
      August 15, 2016 / 12:46 pm

      It is never wrong to think of cake!

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