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. Explore the inside

Free admission with a London Pass.

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Saturday: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Phone: 020 7246 8350

Official Website: St. Paul's Cathedral

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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Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5St. Paul's Cathedral Star Rating

5 Star Rating Very cool building with lots of great history and art. I recommend walking to the top of the cathedral to get a great view of London. It is a lot of steps but well worth it. Also recommend taking a tour. Each tour guide can add his/her own flavor of details to mention and talk about

Parker Harris - 1 day ago

5 Star Rating Loved the architecture, the history and the careful way they had thought of everything! My daughter (aged 7) was given a child friendly audio guide which was fantastic ... and allowed the adults to look closer at the Architecture and tombs without her getting bored. Well worth the climb to the whispering gallery and the top 2 external dome galleries. Don’t waste you money on going on the London Eye or Shard you can see it all from the top of St Paul’s!

Aimee Peterken - 1 day ago

4 Star Rating I was impressed how they have managed to keep the atmosphere of a place of worship and also remain a big tourist attraction. It’s a very impressive building. The highlight for a non religious visitor is the “whispering gallery” that gets you closer to appreciate the stunning inside of the dome. Then there’s the “stone” and “golden gallery” which takes you outside to get a unique view of the city. Be prepared for hundreds of steps, it’s a long way up so avoid if you don’t like heights. Very expensive entrance fee.

Fobby - 4 days ago

5 Star Rating Such an amazing building inside and out. When you pay for entrance. AS A TOURIST, you get a multimedia guide that is also child friendly, for free. So much to explore in the building, so give it plenty of time. Easy to see why ion is a tourist attraction. Highly recommend.

Elsie K - 15 days ago

5 Star Rating Amazing place: beautiful, historic and full of great stories. Climbing to the top is a challenge but if you don't like tricky steps and narrow perches go to the top of the main dome. Once you have done that have tea in the crypt with the heroes of science and society. Definitely worth a visit.

Matt Francis - 23 days ago

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Enjoy this tour of the inside of St. Paul's Cathedral including the interior of the massive dome and the whispering wall

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