St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral and its spectacular dome are an iconic part of London's skyline - did you know you can also explore it on the inside?

View of Saint Paul's Cathedral from the air
View of Saint Paul's Cathedral from the air cc licensed photo by foshie

The present day St. Paul's Cathedral in London was first opened for worship in 1697. It is the last of four cathedrals dedicated to St. Paul built on this site, with the first going back to 604 AD.

The amazing architecture of this 300 year old structure was designed by Sir Christopher Wren. The architecture and lavish design of St. Paul's Cathedral reflects the influence of the monarchs who oversaw its construction and the importance they placed on this project. Rich in history and embellished with incredible artwork, this London landmark is both beautiful and imposing at the same time. The spectacular dome towers 365 feet above the city.

You can explore the outside of St. Paul's Cathedral without charge, but will need to pay an admission charge to tour the inside. Activities include ascending into the dome where you can enjoy spectacular views of London; exploring the underground crypt, a burial place for some of the nations most notable people; taking a touchscreen multimedia tour; and enjoying a film journey into the history and life of the Cathedral. There is also a cafe and restaurant where you can enjoy sandwiches, tea and other light fare.

Saint Paul's Cathedral is open daily from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm except on Sundays and during special events.

For more information about admission to the inside of the cathedral including current fees visit the official site linked to below.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Free to view the outside. Purchase a St. Paul's Cahtedral Entry Ticket to tour the inside.

St. Paul's Cathedral Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Thursday: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Friday: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Saturday: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Sunday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: St. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD, UK

Phone: 020 7246 8350

Official Website: St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating The dome is just beautiful! Really take the time to sit down and look up and enjoy the ceiling. I recommend the audio guide which is so informative about the mosaics in the ceiling of the Quire as well as other artwork. Make sure to visit the crypt where there are many famous tombs including Christopher Wren who designed the cathedral. An enjoyable experience! Very helpful people all about to answer any questions you may have.
Janet Poling - in the last week

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5 Star Rating This is an amazing cathedral in the heart of London, very accessible with lots of events and services open to the public to attend. Signs are clearly marked for entrance if it’s a special event and you can sign up to a newsletter for more information about what’s going on all year round. Great choir and you always feel like there’s room for you so you’re always welcome. Be sure to arrive early for events to get good seats as it does tend to be well attended by all.
Uzo Amaka - a week ago

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5 Star Rating Amazing and beautiful. Unlike at many attractions, here the free audio guide is worth the effort. Lots of nice short features that you can select in any order you would like. I was less impressed than I expected by the view from the dome; mostly construction cranes these days😕. Toilets are in the crypt; you have to show your ticket to get back in after using them.
Dean McCauley - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Absolutely beautiful cathedral in the heart of London. One of my favourite areas in this extraordinary city. The cathedral grounds is outstanding, with different view points, restaurants, bars and squares. A lovely place to relax and explore.
Mark M - 2 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating We visited St Paul’s for something to do with my daughter who now lives and works in London. This was the first time she had been there and really enjoyed it. We did the climb to the top of the dome and even though it was a cloudy and windy day you could see for miles.
Adrian Currie - a week ago

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Directions

Tube Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Central LineSt Pauls Station2 Minutes
Circle LineMansion House6 MInutes

How to get to St. Paul's Cathedral by Tube

St. Paul's Cathedral is just brief walk to the southwest from St. Paul's Station. You won't miss it.

From Mansion House Station exit onto Cannon Street and walk west to the Cathedral.

Note: On weekdays only you can also access St. Paul's Cathedral from Cannon Street Station on the District Line.

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