There has been a Cathedral on this site for 1,400 years, and the present Cathedral – Sir Christopher Wren’s great masterpiece – reaches the 300th anniversary of its consecration in 2010.
St Paul’s Cathedral’s world-famous Dome is an iconic feature of the London skyline, but do go inside, as there’s so much to see. Glittering mosaics and elaborate stone carvings give St. Paul’s a definite ‘wow’ factor. And that’s without climbing up to the famous Whispering Gallery or higher still to the Stone Gallery or Golden Gallery for the amazing views. Find out more about the St. Paul’s Cathedral Galleries.
Visit St. Paul’s Cathedral for Free
St Paul’s Cathedral sells tickets for visitors but there are ways to visit St. Paul’s Cathedral for free. If you are short on time or money, find out how you can Visit St. Paul’s Cathedral for Free.
Tickets: Adults: Over £10
- Check the official website for the latest prices.
- You can also book tickets at the VisitBritain Shop (Buy Direct).
- You can book St Paul’s Cathedral tickets with a traditional afternoon tea through Viator.
How to Get There to St. Paul’s
Address: St Paul’s Churchyard, London EC4
Nearest Tube Stations: St. Paul’s / Mansion House / Blackfriars
Main Tel: 020 7236 4128 (Mon – Fri 09.00 – 17.00)
Recorded Information Line: 020 7246 8348
Use Journey Planner or the Citymapper app to plan your route by public transport.
Visitors are welcome 7 days a week. The Cathedral is open to sightseers Mon – Sat 08.30 – 16.00 (last ticket sold). The upper galleries are open to sightseers from 09.30 and last admission is at 16.15.
On Sunday the cathedral is open for worship only, and there is no sightseeing. There are services every day in the Cathedral and all are welcome to attend. Find out more about Daily Services at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Note: At each hour, on the hour, there are a few minutes of prayer.
Guided Tour or Multimedia Tour?
St. Paul’s Cathedral has guided tours and multimedia tours available and both are included in the admission price. Is it worth taking a tour of St. Paul’s Cathedral or can you enjoy your visit without a guide? Find out more on the pros and cons of each option: St. Paul’s Cathedral Tours.
Photography in St. Paul’s
Filming and photography is not allowed inside the Cathedral. However, if you take the Guided Tour you can take photos in some areas.You should also bring your camera in any case, as you can get excellent views from the Stone Gallery and Golden Gallery, as well as the outside viewing platform that looks out to the Millennium Bridge and Tate Modern.
More About St. Paul’s Cathedral
St. Paul’s is an Anglican church, and is actually the people’s church as royal ceremonies mostly take place at Westminster Abbey.
The St. Paul’s Cathedral we can see today is actually the fifth to be built on this site. It was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1675 and 1710 after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London.
The regal statue outside the west front is actually of Queen Anne and not Queen Victoria as many presume, as Queen Anne was the ruling monarch when St. Paul’s Cathedral was completed.
Queen Victoria thought St. Paul’s Cathedral was ‘dark and dingy’ and actually refused to go inside for a celebration of her Diamond Jubilee (60 years reign) in 1887 so the service was held on the cathedral steps and she stayed in her carriage. To try to brighten the place, Victorians added the glitter mosaics around the apse, inside the dome.
St Paul’s was the first cathedral to be built after the Reformation in 1534, and Wren planned St. Paul’s without colorful decoration. He was, apparently, not impressed with the Sir James Thornhill paintings in the apse, under the dome, although they were added in his time.
You may be surprised to see that most of the windows have clear glass; the only stained glass is in the American Memorial Chapel behind the High Altar.
The Quire and High Altar may look old, but they were actually destroyed in WWII but then rebuilt in 1960 to Wren’s original design.
The Cafe at St Paul’s
Opening times: Mon-Sat 9am to 5pm / Sun 12 midday to 4pm.
Well-priced, seasonal, locally-sourced fresh British produce is served. The menu changes regularly but you can always find the staples of sandwiches, salads and freshly-baked cakes and pastries. There’s even a St Paul’s fruit cake available.
There is also the Restaurant at St Paul’s in the Crypt, which serves lunch and afternoon tea.
Wheelchair users and visitors with mobility issues should enter via the South Churchyard. For more details call: 020 7236 4128.
The Crypt level has permanent ramps so is fully accessible (Crypt, shop and cafe and toilets). On the Cathedral Floor, the only inaccessible area is the American Chapel.
There is no lift access to the galleries but the Oculus display in the Crypt gives a 270 degree virtual tour that makes you feel as if you’re up there, without climbing so many steps.