St Paul’s in not only an architectural masterpiece and its dome a landmark of the London skyline, but also a symbol of the 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 onto a guided tour or introductory talk, all at no extra cost.
*Please note that the Whispering Gallery & Golden Gallery is currently closed.
St Paul’s Cathedral is open to visitors Monday to Saturday from 8:30am to 4pm (last admission)
Once inside St Paul’s the galleries are open from 9:30am to 4:15pm. The cathedral closes for sightseeing at 4:30pm.
Special services may close all, or part, of the cathedral at short notice.
Changes to regular Opening Hours
April 1st Cathedral closed all morning; expected to open for sightseeing at 12.45
April 2nd Good Friday. No sightseeing. Cathedral open for worship only
April 3rd Last admission for sightseeing 15.00. Last admission to galleries 15.15
May 8th Last admission for sightseeing 15.00. Last admission to galleries 15.15
Cathedral floor to be clear of visitors 16.00.
May 11th Last admission for sightseeing 14.30. Last admission to galleries 14.45
Cathedral floor to be clear of visitors 15.30.
May 25th Cathedral closed all morning; expected to open for sightseeing at 12.00
May 26th Cathedral closed all morning; expected to open for sightseeing at 13.00
Visitor entry is at the west end of the cathedral, pre-paid customers can use any admission desk including the option to use the fast track ‘pre-paid’ admission desks.
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.
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. For full information please visit https://www.stpauls.co.uk/visits/visits/photography-policy.
IPod Touch multimedia guides are included. 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.