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 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.
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.
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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.
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 on these galleries.
The Whispering Gallery
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 alter 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.
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.
Oculus: an eye into St, Paul’s
Step back in time and watch the cathedral’s 1400 year history come to life with a 270° film experience, located in the former Treasury in the Crypt. Discover St Paul’s history and explore the daily life of the cathedral with three films: Life of the Cathedral, Resurgam, I will Rise Again; and Virtual Access: the Dome.
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
- Cannon Street
- Liverpool Street
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|Once inside, the Dome Galleries are open 09.30 – 16.15|
|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|
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