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

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based on 15,717 reviews

We loved our Harry Potter tour.Our guide, Lula was brilliant! My son, hard core Harry Potter fan, loved every bit of it. My parents are hard of hearing and know nothing about Harry Potter but even they loved it due to Lula's clear and interesting delivery. He was great with the kids and the adults so there was something for everyone.

Our guide Jack was excellent. He made the whole experience far more entertaining than a normal tour. His knowledge about all things Harry Potter was amazing..even his impression of Professor Snape.

George was very entertaining and certainly knew his stuff regarding ghosts! He made a point of talking individually to all of his guests, to make everyone feel made welcome.

easy to get River pass from Westminster and just showed the pass at the museums in Greenwich. very easy and enjoyable day, would recommend.

Our guide was very engaging, friendly and had a great knowledge. Overall we had a great time thanks to Nick