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St Paul's Cathedral

The Cathedral of the Diocese of London Famous For Its Dome & Venue For Royal Weddings


St Paul's Cathedral London

St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral Official Web Site

St Paul's Cathedral History

St Paul's Cathedral is one of the most famous and most recognisable sights of London, with its dome, dominating the skyline for 300 years. At 365 feet (111 m) high, it was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1962, and its dome is also among the highest in the world.

St Paul's Cathedral, London, is a Church of England cathedral and seat of the Bishop of London


Designed by famous English architect Sir Christopher Wren, the current cathedral was completed in 1708, after the Great Fire of London ruined Old St Paul’s in 1666. The cathedral has always been associated with significant British events, including the wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer, Diamond Jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria and an 80th birthday service for Queen Elizabeth II.


The highlight of St Paul's' Cathedral is the remarkable Whispering Gallery, situated 30 metres above the cathedral floor and is famous for its acoustics.

Another 55 metres above the Whispering Gallery is the Golden Gallery which offers breathtaking panoramic views of central London for those with the energy to climb the 530 steps.

St Paul's Cathedral Experience / What To Expect

St Paul's, with its world-famous dome, is an iconic feature of the London skyline. There are many different parts of the Cathedral for you to discover.

There is a free 15-20 minute introduction to the history and architecture of the Cathedral scheduled throughout the day .

A 90-minute guided tour in English taking-in the Cathedral floor and crypt, as well as Geometric Staircase, Chapel of St Michael & St George and quire - areas not usually open to visitors. You cannot reserve these tours in advance. Typically they run hourly 4 or 5 times a day.


Independently after stepping inside and with the aid of your complementary multilingual audio/video guide you can enjoy the cathedral's awe-inspiring interior, and uncover fascinating stories about its history at your own pace.


Climb up the dome to the Whispering Gallery and try out its unique acoustics; a whisper on one side can be heard clearly 100 feet away.

Climb 271 more steps and reach the Golden Gallery at the very top of the dome where you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views across London.

Make your way underground and explore the Cathedral’s burial place. In the crypt lies some of the nation’s heroes including the Cathedral’s architect Sir Christopher Wren as well as the magnificent tombs of Admiral Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington.

St Paul's Cathedral - Logistical Overview

Most visitors spend in the region of 1.5 - 2 hours inside St Paul's.

Opening Times: - St Paul's Cathedral is usually open to visitors from Monday to Saturday throughout the year. Opening time is 8:30 a.m. (but galleries do not open until 9:30 a.m.) Although last entrance is 4 p.m. the galleries are closed at 4:15 p.m. and the cathedral closed at 4:30 p.m.

St Paul's Cathedral London

St Paul's Cathedral is a fully working church and subject to closures at short notice, so please check opening times on their website (link at top of page) prior to visiting.

Sunday Access

St Paul's Cathedral is usually open to visitors from Monday to Saturday throughout the year. On Sundays and religious holidays such as Easter and Christmas, the Cathedral is open for worship only.

Location: - St Paul's Cathedral is located in the City Of London, the old walled part of London and now the business district of London. Within walking distance is the London Museum and the Old Bailey Criminal Court where you can view trials from the viewing gallery. A memorable walk across a footbridge over the River Thames connects St Paul's Cathedral and the Tate Modern Art Gallery and the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

Nearest Underground Station: - St Paul's Underground Station (central Line) is 2 minutes walk from the cathedral and Mansion House or Blackfriars stations on the Circle and District lines about 5 minutes walk.

Hop On, Hop Off Buses: - All of London's hop on, hop off sightseeing buses have stop at St Paul's Cathedral.

Worth Knowing: - No photography is allowed. No large bags, large rucksacks or large suitcases may be brought into St Paul’s Cathedral.

St Paul's Cathedral - Ticketing

Admission Charges

The price of admission includes entry to the cathedral floor, crypt and the three galleries in the dome (Whispering, Stone and Golden). Admission also includes multimedia guides.

Prices are straight forward with concessions for children and seniors as well as a family ticket.

You receive a worthwhile discount for purchasing tickets on-line in advance against purchasing tickets on the day.


The multilingual audio/video guide part of admission is available in 9 languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Japanese and Korean .

The device has a screen that allows you to listen and watch video footage of each area in the church. This gives you the freedom to explore St Paul's Cathedral at your own pace.


There is a free 15-20 minute introduction to the history and architecture of the Cathedral scheduled throughout the day .

A 90-minute guided tour in English taking-in the Cathedral floor and crypt, as well as Geometric Staircase, Chapel of St Michael & St George and quire - areas not usually open to visitors. You cannot reserve these tours in advance. Typically they run hourly 4 or 5 times a day.


Advance Purchase Discounted Skip The Line Tickets

There are a number of ticketing options apart from paying at the ticket desks on the day. These include skip the line advanced tickets, entrance as part of a sightseeing pass or a combo ticket with other major attractions.


By purchasing your ticket ahead of time on-line it is cheaper than paying on the day you'll jump the queue avoiding waiting in any lines for tickets. You will receive an e-voucher after ordering. Print off the voucher and take it to the specified redemption point, where it will be exchanged for a ticket.


St Paul's Cathedral Fast Track Tickets

Save Money! - Combine St Paul's Cathedral With Other Major London Attractions

For a much wider range of attractions to combine into a money saving package check out Discount London.


London Combination Tickets

Combine St Paul's Cathedral With A Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

The Original London Tour as its name implies is the original hop-on hop-off London sightseeing bus service.

The hop-on, hop off sightseeing buses are an excellent first day in London quickly getting you up to speed and orientated with the layout of London and your guide pointing out sights and destinations you might have not previously considered visiting.

But most visitors to London will have their own "must see" list of attractions.


So why not save some money and purchase your hop-on, hop off sightseeing bus tickets and your "must see" attractions as a package. You don't have to use the attraction tickets on the day you use the sightseeing bus either.

Madame Tussauds , The London Eye, London Dungeon, London Aquarium, St Paul’s Cathedral, Kensington Palace, Tower of London and Ripleys are all available.


Original London Tour & Attraction Packages

St Paul's Cathedral & London's Attraction Passes

Railways 2 for 1 Promotion - The railways 2 for 1 entrance promotion is valid at St Paul's Cathedral with the printed voucher and a qualifying railway ticket.

The London Pass - St Paul's Cathedral is not supported by London's most popular attraction pass, but Westminster Abbey is - for full details follow the banner link below,


London Pass
Popular London Attraction Fast Track Tickets

Skip The Lines Tickets At ...

London Eye - Amazing panoramic flight on the world's highest observation wheel

The Shard - Tallest building in Western Europe with viewing of London from the top.

St Paul's Cathedral - Cathedral of the Diocese of London famous dome & venue for royal weddings

Westminster Abbey - Along with St Paul's England's main religious building

Tower of London - Booking your ticket ahead of time you'll jump the queue at no extra cost.

Madame Tussauds - See wax statues of the most famous people in the world

London Dungeon - the creepiest attraction in town, the London Dungeon.

Hampton Court Palace - Henry VIII Medieval Palace set in vast grounds

The London Zoo - World class zoo in the centre of London


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