St Paul’s Cathedral is one of the most famous sights in London with a dome that has dominated the London skyline for over 300 years.
The cathedral is dedicated to Paul the Apostle and dates to AD 604.
More than 1.5 Million tourists visit this attraction in London, every year.
In this article, we explain everything you need to know before your visit to St Paul’s Cathedral.
St Paul’s Cathedral location
St Paul’s Cathedral sits on the highest point in the City of London – on the Ludgate Hill.
Ludgate Hill is one of the three ancient hills in London.
Since St Paul’s Cathedral is located away from the hustle and bustle of the West End London, it seems like a spot trapped in time.
St Paul’s Cathedral address
St. Paul’s Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD, UK
How to reach St Paul’s Cathedral
We recommend public transport to get to St Paul’s because parking slots are hard to come by, especially during peak hours.
Since it is a highly rated attraction, it draws a lot of tourists.
The most convenient way to reach St Paul’s Cathedral is by Metro.
The St Paul’s station is only 2-minutes’ walk from the cathedral.
The other London Underground stations within 1 Km (0.6 Mile) of the Cathedral are – Mansion House, Blackfriars and Bank.
If you plan to take the train, the nearest is the City Thameslink station.
From this station, a brisk 3-minute walk can get you to St Paul’s Cathedral.
If a bus is your preferred mode of transport, we recommend bus numbers 4, 11, 15, 23, 25, 26, 100 and 242.
St Paul’s Cathedral hours
St Paul’s Cathedral is open all days of the week.
However, it has a specific time for prayer and specific sightseeing slot.
From Monday to Saturday, the prayer begins at 7.30 am and lasts till 8.30 am.
Thereafter, the Cathedral opens up for tourists – at 8.30 am.
At 4.30 pm, all sightseeing visitors are requested to exit the cathedral.
The last admission into the Cathedral is at 4 pm.
Sundays are reserved for prayers only, which start at 8 am and go on till 7 pm.
When do St Paul Cathedral galleries open?
The St Paul Cathedral has two galleries – the Stone Gallery and the Golden Gallery.
Access to these galleries open at 9.30 am.
For a more detailed program schedule, click here.
Best time to visit St Paul Cathedral
Saint Paul’s Cathedral is most crowded between 12 noon to 5 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
If you want to avoid the crowd, we suggest you visit the Cathedral before 12 noon.
If you want to visit the St Paul’s Cathedral post noon, it is better to go on a weekday – Monday to Thursday.
There are very few visitors on weekday mornings.
That’s why the best time to visit St Paul’s Cathedral is bright and early before the crowd starts coming in.
Since the Cathedral opens for sightseeing much before the other London attractions many tourists plan this visit as their first activity.
How long does St Paul Cathedral take?
The duration of a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral depends on what you want to do.
If you are short on time, you may want to just see the cathedral and finish your trip.
In such a scenario, the length of your St Paul’s Cathedral tour will be around one hour.
However, if you want to visit the main floor, the crypt and climb the dome, you will need at least 3 hours.
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St Paul Cathedral free entry
It is possible to enter St Paul’s Cathedral for free.
On Sundays the Service begins at 8 am and on other days at 7.30 am.
If you want to attend the service, you can enter the Cathedral for free.
You won’t be allowed inside after the prayer begins – so it is best to land up 15 minutes earlier.
However, it will only be a limited experience because you will be sitting down for the service.
When you enter the Cathedral for prayers, you can’t walk around and explore.
Besides, all the other areas are blocked off during the service.
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Yet another way to enter St Paul’s Cathedral for free (well, almost) is by buying one of the London discount Passes.
Theses Passes help you save money as well as time (because you can skip the line at most places).
St Paul’s Cathedral ticket price
If you want to explore St Paul’s Cathedral you must buy a ticket.
Tickets can be bought at the Cathedral’s ticketing office or they can be purchased online.
We recommend you buy St Paul’s Cathedral tickets online, because of two reasons.
Reason 1: Online tickets are 2 Pounds cheaper than the price you will pay at the venue
Reason 2: You won’t have to stand in the queue at the ticketing counter and instead just walk in
If you are a family of two adults and two kids, you can further reduce your St Paul’s Cathedral ticket costs.
Instead of booking your tickets individually, you can buy St Paul’s Cathedral family package which costs 39 Pounds (look for the option on the ticket booking page).
If you buy these four tickets individually, they will cost you 52 Pounds. The family package helps you save 13 Pounds.
For a detailed description of St Paul’s Cathedral tickets, continue reading.
St Paul’s Cathedral tickets
There are two ways to experience St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
You can choose to visit only St Paul’s Cathedral.
Or you can go on a day-long private tour of all the top Cathedrals of London, including St Paul’s.
We detail both the tour options below.
Note: These tickets will be emailed to you the moment you make the purchase. You don’t need to take print outs. On the day of your visit, just show your ticket in your email and walk in.
1. St Paul’s fast-track entrance ticket
This is the cheapest and most popular St Paul’s cathedral ticket.
The ticket helps you skip the long lines at the ticketing counter, and walk right in.
You get to explore the cathedral floor, the crypt, and also go up the galleries.
It includes the multimedia guide, which you can get at the entrance.
You can cancel these tickets 24 hours before your visit for a full refund.
This ticket costs 2 Pounds less when booked online.
Ticket price at the venue
Adult ticket (18+years): 18 Pounds
Student ticket (with valid ID card): 16 Pounds
Seniors ticket (60+ years): 16 Pounds
Child ticket (6 to 17 years): 8 Pounds
Online ticket price
Adult ticket (18+years): 16 Pounds
Student ticket (with valid ID card): 14 Pounds
Seniors ticket (60+ years): 14 Pounds
Child ticket (6 to 17 years): 7 Pounds
Important: If you are a family of two adults and two kids, we recommend you choose “Family” option in the ticket booking page. If you buy the family package, you will save 13 Pounds.
2. Private tour of all Cathedrals of London
This is a full-day tour and starts at 10 am.
If you have the time and the money, we highly recommend this tour of the best Cathedrals of London.
As part of this highly-rated tour, you will be visiting six Cathedrals of London – the Anglican Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral, and St. George’s Cathedral.
This ticket can also be canceled 24 hours in advance, for a full refund.
Adult ticket (16+years): 299 Pounds
Child ticket (up to 15 years): Free entry
At St Paul’s Cathedral, prayers are conducted every day.
Music is an important part of the prayer.
These prayer services are free for all.
From Monday to Saturday, the morning prayer starts at 7.30 am, followed by Eucharist at 8 am and 12.30 pm.
At 5 pm there is a Choral Evensong, and around this time there is an occasional evening prayer as well.
On Sundays, the day begins with a holy communion at 8 am, followed by a Mattins at 10.15 am, and a sung Eucharist at 11.30 am.
A Choral Evensong is conducted at 3.15 pm and finally n Eucharist at 6 pm.
You can find the full schedule of the St Paul’s mass here.
Dress code for St Paul’s Cathedral
There is no obligatory dress code for St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
However, since it is a religious place, visitors are expected to dress moderately.
Even though nobody will stop you from entering the Cathedral, low t-shirts with lots of cleavage etc aren’t advised for women.
It is a common practice for visitors in doubt to throw a scarf over their shoulder.
St Paul’s Cathedral FAQs
Visitors to this London Cathedral have lots of questions.
Here are some frequently asked questions –
The present St Paul’s Cathedral is a masterpiece designed and conceptualised by Britain’s most famous architect, Sir Christopher Wren.
This is the fourth Cathedral to be standing on the site.
The current structure was built between 1675 and 1710 after the earlier Cathedral was destroyed in the great fire of London
St Paul’s Cathedral is 111.2 meters (365 feet) tall. In fact, it was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1967.
The dome of the cathedral is among the highest in the world.
St Paul’s is the second biggest church building in the United Kingdom after Liverpool Cathedral
The Whispering Gallery at the St. Paul’s Cathedral is considered one of the most visited accidental man-made attractions in London.
The whispering gallery sits 30 meters (98.5 feet) above the crossing of the nave.
It is a circular walkway which hugs the base of the dome structure at St Paul’s.
If something is whispered on one end of the wall it can be heard at the other end, which is why it is known as Whispering Gallery.
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