St Paul's Cathedral Tickets
With its world-famous dome, St Paul's Cathedral is an iconic feature of the London skyline, but there is so much more to Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece than its impressive facade. The interior of the soaring Dome, the glittering mosaics, the intricate stone carving and the breathtaking view down the nave towards the Quire are just a few of the reasons why a visit to St Paul's is a must.
St Paul's has been a spiritual focus for the nation since its first service in 1697 and many important events have taken place within its walls, from the state funerals of Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and Sir Winston Churchill to the wedding of the Prince of Wales to Lady Diana Spencer and the Thanksgiving for Her Majesty The Queen's Golden Jubilee. The Cathedral is also where national services of reconciliation and remembrance are often held.
After a £40 million restoration programme, there has never been a better time to visit St Paul's. For the first time in its 300-year history, the Cathedral has been comprehensively cleaned and repaired inside and out and the results are breathtaking. The West Front, once blackened and damaged, now rises majestically at the top of Ludgate Hill and details previously hidden stand out crisp and proud. The interior has been transformed by state of the art restoration techniques and the light that now floods the space highlights the luminescent Portland stone and brings mosaics, carvings and sculpture to life. In the Dome, exquisite 18th century paintings by Sir James Thornhill showing scenes from the life of St Paul have been returned to their original beauty.
But of course, the pinnacle of any trip to St Paul's has to be the winding journey up the spiral staircase to the Whispering Gallery to sample its unique audio effects before travelling up and out to the Stone and Golden Galleries, which afford a panoramic view of London that is second to none.
St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul's Churchyard
The Cathedral is open to sightseers from Monday to Saturday from 8.30am until last admission at 4pm. Please note that special services or events may close all or part of the Cathedral at short notice - please check before your visit.
Nearest Underground: St Paul's
Nearest Rail: Blackfriars
Bus Routes: 4, 11, 15, 23, 25, 26, 100, 242
Access for wheelchair users and visitors with mobility issues is via the North side of the Cathedral. A small number of wheelchairs are available for free loan to visitors.
For visually impaired visitors a recorded tour or a guided tour with touch facilities is available. Please book in advance.
Assistance dogs are welcome in the Cathedral at all times.