St Paul's Cathedral

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5 historical facts about St Paul's Cathedral

Sir Christopher Wren's architectural masterpiece is one of London's most celebrated landmarks, and the perfect backdrop to your vacation photos! Before you climb the 528 steps up to its spectacular dome, here are a few things to know about its history.

Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening times?

    St Paul's Cathedral is open to sightseers between the hours of 8:30AM and 4:30PM from Monday to Saturday. On Sundays it is only open for worship.
    Note that the galleries – including the Golden Gallery in the cathedral's dome – don't open until 9:30AM. Admission tickets include multimedia guides and group tours (subject to guide availability). Book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

  • How long to visit?

    Touring the cathedral at a relaxed pace should take approximately 2 hours.

  • How to get there?

    The best tube station for St Paul's Cathedral is on the Central Line and is also called St Paul's, which should be nice and easy to remember! The bus stop of the same name can be reached via the 4, 11, 15, 17, 23, 26, 76, and 172 bus routes.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    8:30AM to 4:30PM Monday through Saturday, worship only on Sundays.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult tickets are £18.00.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Admission includes multimedia guides and guided tours, but check our our best-selling tours around the area.
  • How to get there
    Take the Central Line to St Paul's, or the 4, 11, 15, 17, 23, 26, 76 or 172 bus to St Paul's.
  • Additional information
    *Buy tickets online to get a cheaper price, and fast-track entry! |
    Filming and photography are not allowed inside the Cathedral. |
    Special events may close the Cathedral, so double-check online before your visit! *

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What people are saying about St Paul's Cathedral

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 15,717 reviews

Very interesting tour with lots and lots of excellent stories, all related in an interactive and fun way. Couldn’t believe how quickly 2 hours passed, it was just brilliant and George, our tour guide , is an absolute star. Please, please though, the group was far too large for one guide, George mastered it brilliantly, but not fair to guides.

We had a great evening with our guide George. He was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining with his stories of Londons history, with some ghost stories added too!

Great fun the kids absolutely loved Nic, not just Harry Potter local history as we walked round, fun games and re-enactments, would definitely recommend

George the guide was brilliant it was a really fun night- lovely spooky evening

George was a fantastic guide, very knowledgeable. Would recommend.