St Paul’s is not only an architectural masterpiece and its dome a landmark of the London skyline, but also a symbol of hope, strength and resilience of the city and nation it serves. A cathedral has stood here since 604AD with the present cathedral now over 300 years old.
Enjoy the beautiful décor of the vast cathedral floor before climbing to the famous Whispering Gallery with its unique acoustics. Continue to the Stone or Golden Galleries on top of the dome for breath-taking panoramic views across London.
The crypt is the resting place for famous Britons such as Lord Admiral Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and the cathedral’s architect – Sir Christopher Wren. Visitors will also find the award winning 270° film experience, Oculus – an eye into St Paul’s.
Explore using included multimedia guides available in nine languages or join into a guided tour or introductory talk, all at no extra cost.
Changes to opening and closing times:
The Whispering Gallery is closed until further notice.
Please note that the cathedral is not open for sightseeing on Sundays.
The cathedral opens for sightseeing at 08.30 Monday to Saturday. Last admission to the cathedral is at 16.00. Once inside the cathedral, access to the Whispering, Stone and Golden Galleries is from 09.30 – 16.15. The cathedral closes for sightseeing at 16.30. The café, restaurant and shop close at 17.00.
January 20th Cathedral opens 10.15. Galleries open 10.30
January 31st Last admission for sightseeing 11.00. Last admission to galleries 11.15
Cathedral floor to be clear of visitors 12.30. Shop and café remain open.
February 26th Ash Wednesday. No sightseeing. Cathedral open for worship only.
March 20th Cathedral opens 10.15. Galleries open 10.30
March 27th Cathedral closed all morning; expected to open for sightseeing at 13.00
April 9th Cathedral closed all morning; expected to open for sightseeing at 12.45
April 10th Good Friday. No sightseeing. Cathedral open for worship only
April 11th Last admission for sightseeing 15.00. Last admission to galleries 15.15.
May 12th Last admission for sightseeing 13.00. Last admission to galleries 13.15
Cathedral floor to be clear of visitors 14.30. Shop and café remain open.
May 22nd Cathedral opens 10.15. Galleries open 10.30
June 20th Last admission for sightseeing 11.30. Last admission to galleries 11.45
Cathedral floor to be clear of visitors 12.45. Shop and café remain open.
June 23rd Last admission for sightseeing 11.30. Last admission to galleries 11.45. Cathedral floor to be clear of visitors 12.30.
Shop and café remain open.
June 24th Cathedral closed all morning; expected to open for sightseeing at 13.00
July 2nd Cathedral opens 10.15. Galleries open 10.30
July 4th Last admission for sightseeing 11.30. Last admission to galleries 11.45
Cathedral floor to be clear of visitors 13.00. Shop and café remain open.
July 6th Cathedral closed in the morning; expected to open for sightseeing at 13.00
July 10th Cathedral closed in the morning; expected to open for sightseeing at 11.00
Security screening of people and bag checking will be in operation at all times. Please try not to bring bags or luggage; any items larger than airline hand baggage (56cm x 45cm x 25cm, including handles, wheels and pockets) are not permitted. There is no cloakroom facility.
When visiting close to the last admission time please note that visitors must clear security first before that last admission time.
As of June 2019 personal non-flash photography has been permitted inside St Paul’s Cathedral during sightseeing opening hours, except on the Whispering Gallery. The recording of video and the use of lighting, selfie sticks, tripods and monopods are not permitted.
The Whispering Gallery is a no photography area at all times for safety reasons, as is St Dunstan’s Chapel our space for private prayer and reflection. Photography is not permitted during services and should be paused during hourly prayer. Additional areas of the Cathedral may occasionally be designated as “no photography” and this will be indicated with signage.
IPod Touch multimedia guides are included and offered to all FIT visitors. It is available in nine languages (English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin) as well as British Sign Language (BSL), Audio Description (AD) and family tour formats. It offers up to 90 minutes of interactive self-guided content.
For wheelchair users there is a wheelchair accessible entrance for individuals and small groups in the South Churchyard. Staff members are on hand to assist with entry and check in.
Groups of wheelchair users can be admitted by a ramp in the North Churchyard Gardens which allows a quicker entry into the building. Use of this must be pre-booked with the Sales and Admissions team to ensure cathedral staff members are on hand to open doors.
Please take your voucher/confirmation to the ticket office along with photo ID for entrance to St. Paul's Cathedral. The ticket allows access to the entire cathedral.