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.
July 10th Last admission for sightseeing 15.00. Last admission to galleries 15.15. Cathedral floor to be clear of visitors 16.00
July 12th Cathedral opens 11.00
July 22nd Cathedral opens 10.15. Galleries open 10.30
September 25th Cathedral opens 10.15. Galleries open 10.30
October 2nd Last admission for sightseeing 15.30. Last admission to galleries 15.45
October 3rd Cathedral closed all morning; expected to open for sightseeing at 12.30
October 9th Last admission for sightseeing 12.00. Last admission to galleries 12.15
Cathedral floor to be clear of visitors 13.30. Shop and café close 14.30
October 18th Cathedral opens 10.15. Galleries open 10.30
November 8th Cathedral closed all morning; expected to open for sightseeing at 13.00
July – December 2019 closure listing www.stpauls.co.uk/travel-trade
November 9th Lord Mayor’s Show Day. Closeout day for ticket sales.
November 16th Last admission for sightseeing 14.30. Last admission to galleries 14.45
Cathedral floor to be clear of visitors 15.30. Café and shop remain open.
November 19th Cathedral closed all morning; expected to open for sightseeing at 14.00
November 28th Cathedral closed all morning; expected to open for sightseeing at 13.00
December 4th Last admission for sightseeing 15.15. Last admission to galleries 15.30.
Café and shop close 16.30
December 5th Cathedral opens 10.15. Galleries open 10.30
December 12th Last admission for sightseeing 15.00. Last admission to galleries 15.15.
Cathedral floor to be clear of visitors 16.00. Café and shop close 15.30
December 13th Last admission for sightseeing 15.30. Last admission to galleries 15.45.
December 18th Last admission for sightseeing 15.30. Last admission to galleries 15.45.
Café and shop close 16.00
December 20th Last admission for sightseeing 14.45. Last admission to galleries 15.00
Cathedral floor to be clear of visitors 16.00
December 21st Cathedral closed all morning; expected to open for sightseeing at 13.00
Café and shop remain open.
December 24th Last admission for sightseeing 13.15. Last admission to galleries 13.30
Cathedral floor to be clear of visitors 14.15. Café and shop close 15.00
December 25th Christmas Day. No sightseeing. Cathedral open for worship only.
December 26th Cathedral opens 09.00
Disabled Access: For wheelchair users there is a wheelchair accessible entrance for FIT’s and small groups in the South Churchyard. Staff 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 Administration team to ensure that staff are on hand to open the doors.
The Cathedral may from time to time close (at short notice) due to special services of worship.
From Friday 2 August 2019 through to and including Saturday 31 August 2019 the Cathedral will remain open to visitors for an extra hour. Opening hours will therefore be 8.30am to 5.30pm (last admission 5pm) and last access to the Dome Galleries will be at 5.15pm.
In order to gain entry you must present a printed copy of your voucher.
From the 1st June 2019 sightseeing visitors to St Paul’s will be permitted to take photographs inside the Cathedral. This has been prohibited for many years and the policy change recognizes and enables the clear desire from our visitors to capture their experience.
This applies to non-professional personal use only. Filming video or the use of flash, additional lighting, tripods, monopods and selfie sticks is not permitted. Photography of children and young people is prohibited without consent of the accompanying adult.
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.
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.