St Paul’s Cathedral
- Cultural & historical sites
What you'll do
Designed by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London, St Paul's Cathedral is one of London's most famous buildings.
Enjoy access to St Paul’s Cathedral with The London Pass®
- Pay nothing at the gate. There is no need to pre-book, simply show your pass upon entry.
- View the Nave, the Dome, High Altar, Grand Organ and Crypt.
- Your pass grants you access to the cathedral, plus a free audio tour.
From royal weddings and state funerals to famous burials and more, St Paul’s Cathedral has played a major role in London’s history.
Passholders can enjoy a 10% discount on purchases of £5 and more in the St Paul’s shop.
St Paul’s Cathedral history
Situated near the River Thames, St Paul’s Cathedral is one of the capital’s most iconic buildings. Sir Christopher Wren, one of Britain’s famed architects, designed the cathedral as part of a major rebuilding of the City after the 1666 Great Fire of London. The present St Paul’s Cathedral was built between 1675 and 1710 and is one of London’s most popular places of interest.
Sitting on the highest point of the City of London, St Paul’s Cathedral has frequently been at the centre of national events throughout history from its consecration and surviving the Blitz to state funerals, royal weddings, and more. Step inside and discover the cathedral’s spectacular interiors, architectural design, and breath-taking panoramic views across London from the Stone and Golden Galleries.
The Nave - the Cathedral’s Nave provides a stunning view of the full length of the cathedral, leading down to The Dome. Here you will also find a monument to one of Britain’s most celebrated historical figures, the Duke of Wellington. Completed in 1912, it depicts the duke sitting on horseback and is the cathedral’s largest monument.
The Dome - inspired by St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, St Paul’s Dome is the second-largest cathedral dome in the world. Its painted interiors by Sir James Thornhill show eight scenes from the life of St Paul and is a truly stunning sight. You can climb 376 steps to the Stone Gallery and a further 152 to the Golden Gallery, both on the outside of The Dome. You’re welcome to take photos of these galleries.
The High Altar - the current altar, made of marble as well as carved and gilded oak, replaced the previous Victorian marble altar. The original was damaged during the Second World War in a bomb strike that destroyed a large part of the east end of the cathedral.
The Grand Organ - built and installed in 1695, the Grand Organ is one of the cathedral’s most exceptional artefacts after undergoing several restorations over the centuries. It has 7189 pipes, five keyboards, and 138 organ stops.
The Crypt - St Paul’s Crypt extends the entire length of the building and houses over 200 monuments. Discover the tombs of British historical figures such as Admiral Lord Nelson, Arthur Wellesley Duke of Wellington, scientist Alexander Fleming and the architect of St Paul’s Sir Christopher Wren.
Multimedia guides - headphones are provided on-site, but you are welcome to bring your own (3.5mm jack connection) or download the free app to play on your own device.
Special exhibition, Christopher Wren: The Quest for Knowledge - learn more about the early life and career of Christopher Wren, one of Britain's most famous architects who famously designed St Paul's. This exhibition explores his achievements in mathematics, astronomy and physiology, as well as his work to build the cathedral itself.
The London Pass® is a better way to sightsee. Your pass includes St Paul’s Cathedral tickets, plus admission to dozens of top London attractions for one money-saving price.
Know before you go
Entry to the cathedral is through the West Entrance. Security/bag checks are in place before entering. Inside, your pass will be scanned and validated at the admissions desks immediately in front of you.
- You do not need to book but please check opening hours before visiting and take your pass with you.
- Once inside the Cathedral, access to the Dome Galleries is usually available from 9.30am to 4.15pm (10am to 4.15pm on Wednesdays). Entrance to the Golden Gallery is subject to availability due to capacity controls in operation, and there may be time restrictions in place.
- Non-flash photography for personal use inside the cathedral is welcomed outside service times. Filming, tripods, monopods, and selfie sticks are not permitted.
- Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult aged 18 or over in the Dome Galleries.
- No bags or items larger than airline hand baggage (45cm x 30cm x 25cm, including handles, wheels, and pockets) may be brought into the cathedral. There is no cloakroom facility.
For more information, please visit the St Paul's Cathedral website.
Where you'll be
St. Paul's Cathedral, London, GB
Monday - Tuesday: 8:30AM to 4:30PM (last admission 4PM)
Wednesday: 10AM to 4:30PM (last admission 4PM)
Thursday - Saturday: 8:30AM to 4:30PM (last admission 4PM)
Opening hours may vary when the Cathedral is holding special services or events. Please check the St Paul's Cathedral calendar for details.
The cathedral is open for worship only on Sundays.
Closings & holidays
Please note the following changes to standard opening times for visiting the cathedral:
14 February /Ash Wednesday: closed for sightseeing
15 March: opens for sightseeing 1PM
20 March: last entry for sightseeing at 3:15PM
28 March: opens for sightseeing at 12:45PM
29 March /Good Friday: closed for sightseeing all day
30 March: last entry for sightseeing at 3PM
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