St Paul’s Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral is one of London's most famous buildings. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London, it has been at the centre of many national events since its consecration.

The London Pass London Pass benefits: Skip the Line Access to St Paul's Cathedral Normally £20.00 - Included with London Pass

From royal weddings and state funerals to famous burials and more, St Paul's Cathedral has played a major role in London's history.

Situated near the River Thames, St Paul’s Cathedral is one of the capital’s most iconic buildings. Designed by Britain’s famed architect Sir Christopher Wren as part of the major rebuilding of the City after the 1666 Great Fire of London, the present St Paul’s Cathedral was built between 1675 and 1710 and is one of London’s most popular places of interest.

Sitting on the highest point of the City of London, St Paul’s Cathedral has frequently been at the centre of national events through history from its consecration and surviving the Blitz to state funerals, royal weddings and more. Step inside and discover the Cathedral’s spectacular interiors, architectural design and breathtaking panoramic views across London from the Stone and Golden Galleries.

London Pass holders can enjoy fast-track entry to St Paul's Cathedral as well as 10% discount on purchases £5 and more in the St Paul's shop. 

Please check our Closures & Notices page for the latest closures and changes to opening hours.


The Nave           
The Cathedral’s Nave provides a stunning view of the full length of the Cathedral, leading down to the Dome. Here you will also find a monument to one of Britain’s greatest historical figures, the Duke of Wellington. Completed in 1912, it depicts the duke sitting on horseback and is the cathedral’s largest monument.

The Dome
Inspired by St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, St Paul’s Dome is the second-largest cathedral dome in the world. Its painted interiors by Sir James Thornhill show eight scenes from the life of St Paul and is a truly stunning sight. You can climb 376 steps to the Stone Gallery and a further 152 to the Golden Gallery, both on the outside of the Dome. You’re welcome to take photos of these galleries.

The Whispering Gallery (Please note that the Whispering Gallery will be closed until December 2019)
One of the best-known features of the Cathedral because of its acoustic properties, the Whispering Gallery circles the interior of the vast dome, 30 metres above the Cathedral Floor. If you whisper against the wall at any point, you can be heard by anyone with their ear against the wall at any other point around the gallery, even on the other side.

The High Altar
Made of marble and carved and gilded oak, the current altar replaced a Victorian marble altar which was damaged during the Second World War due to a bomb strike that destroyed a large part of the east end of the Cathedral.

The Grand Organ
Built and installed in 1695, the Grand Organ is one of the Cathedral’s greatest artefacts after undergoing several restorations over the centuries. It has 7189 pipes, five keyboards, and 138 organ stops.

The Crypt
Extending the entire length of the building, there are over 200 monuments and memorials in St Paul’s Crypt. Discover the tombs of historical British figures such as Admiral Lord Nelson, Arthur Wellesley Duke of Wellington, scientist Alexander Fleming and the architect of St Paul’s Sir Christopher Wren.

New exhibition ‘The Great Restoration of the 1920s’ opens 25 May 2019
On Christmas Eve 1924, St Paul’s Cathedral was served with a Dangerous Structures notice and was later closed for public safety. Using archive material and objects from the cathedral collections, a new display in the Crypt of St Paul’s will recount this extraordinary and little-known story.
The display will take the visitor from the problems inherent to the original design through to the ingenious engineering endeavours that rendered the building safe once more.
The exhibition forms part of the Fantastic Feats season and is located in the north crypt aisle. This exhibit is free for all pass holders.

Did you know?

  • The present St Paul’s Cathedral is actually the fourth to be located on this spot. The first cathedral dedicated to St Paul in the City of London was made of wood and built in 604AD.

  • At 365 ft (111m) high, it was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1962!

  • St Paul’s has seen the funerals of Admiral Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington, Sir Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher

  • Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer’s wedding was held at St Paul’s Cathedral on 29 July 1981

  • St Paul’s Cathedral has been featured many times in artworks by famous artists such as Turner, Pissarro, Canaletto, and Daubigny, as well as in films such as Mary Poppins, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Lawrence of Arabia and Sherlock Holmes.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King visited St Paul’s Cathedral in 1964 and addressed a congregation of 4000 people, delivering the sermon “The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life”.

Please note: Visitors are not permitted to bring any bag, rucksack or suitcase into St Paul's Cathedral which would be larger than airline hand baggage (56cm x 45cm x 25cm, including handles, wheels, and pockets). There is no cloakroom facility so please do not bring larger items with you. Please be aware that bags may be searched on entry.

How to get there 


  • St Paul's - Central Line
  • Mansion House - District and Circle Line
  • Blackfriars - District and Circle Line
  • Bank - Central, Northern, Waterloo & City Lines, and DLR


  • City Thameslink
  • Blackfriars
  • Cannon Street
  • Liverpool Street


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Getting to St Paul’s Cathedral

Getting to St Paul’s Cathedral

  • St Paul’s Cathedral St Paul's Churchyard London EC4M 8AD
  • Closest Underground Station St Paul's
  • Closest Bus Stop Stop SK: Route 4 11 15 17 26 76 N11 N15 N21 N26 N199 N550 N551
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour Stops Red Route - Stop 15

Opening Times

Once inside, the Dome Galleries are open 09.30 – 16.15. From 2nd to 31st August, closing time is 17.30.
Monday 08.30 - 16.30
Tuesday 08.30 - 16.30
Wednesday 08.30 - 16.30
Thursday 08.30 - 16.30
Friday 08.30 - 16.30
Saturday 08.30 - 16.30
Sunday No Sightseeing - Open for Worship Only
Last Admission: 16.00


Please check our Closure & Notices page for changings in opening hours and closure dates.

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