Located on Ludgate Hill, St Paul's Cathedral, in the English Baroque style, is an essential visit on your trip to London. At 110 metres high, it is the second tallest cathedral in the world after St Peter's Basilica, and from its dome you will have one of the best panoramic views of the city.
Home to the Diocese and Bishop of London, it has witnessed events of great historical importance such as the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana of Wales and the funerals of Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher.
It is currently the most emblematic religious building in the United Kingdom and receives hundreds of tourists every day. So if you plan to visit it, I recommend you to buy your tickets in advance to avoid long queues and waits. It also has some impressive corners that you will love to photograph and even better, if you can do it at lighter times.
Explore Saint Paul's Cathedral and climb the dome to enjoy the panoramic views.
A perfect option if you don't want to waste time at the ticket office and enjoy a complete visit to this baroque cathedral, a London icon of great historical and architectural value.
Make sure you visit one of the most famous cathedrals in Europe, St. Paul's. Famous for its dome and excellently preserved baroque style, but also famous for its celebrations. It is the site of major royal events such as the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Di in 1981.
You can also see the tombs of many important figures in British history such as Winston Churchill.
If you are touring London and have not yet visited St. Paul's, I suggest you book your tickets in advance and delve into the purest history of the United Kingdom.
Recommended if... you are a lover of architecture or not. St Paul's Cathedral is a must-see on your trip to London and will impress you at every turn.
How much do tickets for St Paul's Cathedral cost?
Tickets to St Paul' s Cathedral are priced from £29 per adult if purchased in advance. There are also certain groups that benefit from a reduced price, such as students and the over 65s who pay approximately €20 or children under 18 who only pay around €2.10. There are also family tickets for one adult with two or three children from €33 and for two adults with two or three children from €50.
The ticket price includes the audio guide. Don't hesitate to get one to find out all the details of the visit. Also, please note that entry to St Paul's Cathedral is included in some of the city's tourist passes such as the London Pass or Explorer Pass.
Are there guided tours of St Paul's Cathedral?
On your visit to St. Paul's Cathedral you can take a guided tour to learn all about the history and architecture of the monument, although these are only available on certain days and at specific times.
The guided tour takes you through the main nave, the crypt, the chapel of Saint Michel and Saint George, the choir and the geometric staircase. And if your visit doesn't coincide with one of the guided tours, don't worry, as a free audio guide in several languages is included in the ticket price, and you will also be able to find out all the details and curiosities of Saint Paul's Cathedral.
How to get tickets for St. Paul's Cathedral?
Tickets to St Paul's Cathedral can be purchased both at the ticket office and online, but I recommend that you buy them in advance and online, as it will save you time and money and ensure you gain access to this much-visited monument on a daily basis.
Are tickets to St Paul's Cathedral included in any of the city's sightseeing passes?
The visit to St Paul's Cathedral is included in some of the most popular tourist passes in London such as the London Pass, a card recommended for those who want to see as many attractions as possible on their trip, or the London Explorer Pass, for those more selective travellers who only want to see a certain number of attractions.
With the London Pass you choose the number of days (1, 2, 3, 5 or 7) and during that time you will have unlimited access to a total of 80 attractions including St Paul's Cathedral. Thus, the price will depend on the number of days you buy it.
- The one-day pass is priced from €99 per adult and €64 per child.
- The two-day pass is priced from €134 per adult and €81 per child.
- The three-day pass is priced from €146 per adult and €93 per child.
- The four-day pass is priced from €163 per adult and €111 per child.
- The five-day pass is priced from €181 per adult and €116 per child.
With the London Explorer Pass, you pay for a set number of attractions. Thus, the 3 attraction pass costs from €74 per adult and €54 per child, the 5 attraction pass costs from €113 per adult and €77 per child and the 7 attraction pass costs from €141 per adult and €99 per child.
If you want more details about the tourist passes, read the post the best tourist card in London.
How to get to St Paul's Cathedral?
You can get to St Paul's Cathedral by tube, bus or train. In my opinion, the most comfortable option is the underground, but if you walk from the Millennium Bridge you will have the opportunity to take some great pictures with the dome in the background.
- Metro: If you go by metro you have to take the central line and you can't miss the station at your destination, as it is called St. Paul's, and is located next to the temple. However, you can read the practical guide to the London Underground for more details.
- Bus: By bus you have many options as you can get there with lines 4, 8, 11, 15, 17, 17, 23, 25, 26, 56, 76, 100, 172 and 242.
- Train: You can also go by train and the nearest stations are City Thameslink, which is the closest and is only a three-minute walk away, Blakfriars, which is approximately five minutes away, and Cannon Street, which is about six minutes away.
St Paul's Cathedral does not have a car park, but there is a public car park next to the church if you choose to use the car as a means of transport. The car park is called Baynard House Car Park and is located at 133 Queen Victoria Street, approximately five minutes' walk from the monument. Prices start at €5 (£4) per hour.
Is it advisable to go to St Paul's Cathedral with children?
St Paul's Cathedral is a recommended visit if you go with the youngest members of the family, as the views from the last gallery of the dome, 85 metres high, will really amaze them. They will have the opportunity to see the most emblematic monuments and sites of the city such as the London Eye, the Millennium Bridge, the Tate Modern, the Parliament...
If you go with the little ones, visit the post of things to do in London with children where you will find other original ideas for your trip.
Things not to miss at St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral is a must-see on your trip to London. At 110 metres high, it is the second tallest cathedral in the world. Below, I'll tell you what you can't miss on your visit.
- The dome: On your visit to St. Paul's Cathedral you have the chance to climb the dome. It is made up of three circular galleries and Wren was inspired by Michelangelo's work in St. Peter's Basilica for its design. Its decoration is notable for its paintings of St Paul the Apostle.
- Whispering Gallery At 257 steps and a height of approximately 30 metres is the first stop. Its name, the Whispering Gallery, is due to its particular acoustics.
- Stone Gallery: The Stone Gallery gives you access to an exterior corridor that surrounds the dome and is located at 376 steps.
- The Golden Gallery: At a height of 85 metres, it is the highest point of the building. Don't let the stairs discourage you because from the top you will have one of the best panoramic views of the city of London, at 528 steps.
- Crypt This is another of the attractions of the visit. In this crypt lie key figures from British history such as Winston Churchill, Admiral Nelson, Duke Wellington, Christopher Wren, Florence Nightingale and Alexander Fleming. In addition, the remains of the temples that predate Christopher Wren's current design of 1666 are preserved.
- Façade: Both before and after your visit, I recommend that you sit in front of the façade and carefully observe its towers and sculptures. One of its peculiarities is the clock, which, with a diameter of five metres, dates from the end of the 19th century.
- Nave: As soon as you enter Saint Paul's Cathedral you will be surprised by its high ceilings. I recommend that you take a look at the numerous frescoes in the temple. The main altar from 1958 and the choir in the centre of the nave also stand out. Saint Paul's Cathedral is also home to the largest organ in the United Kingdom. It was installed at the end of the 17th century and has a total of 7,189 pipes.
If after your visit to Saint Paul's Cathedral you are looking to see the city from other observatories, don't hesitate to go up to The Shard or the London Eye. In the posts views from The Shard or views from the London Eye you have more details about both viewpoints.
What are the opening hours of St Paul's Cathedral?
St Paul's Cathedral is open Monday to Saturday from 8.30am to 4.30pm, although the dome visit is shorter, from 9.30am to 4.15pm. I recommend you go early in the morning and start your visit in the nave when it's not too crowded, so you can go up to the dome an hour later when they allow access.
How much time do you need to visit St Paul's Cathedral?
The visit to St Paul's Cathedral is estimated to last approximately two hours. It is important to take this into account so that you can plan the rest of the day as well as possible, as there are several monuments and museums next to the cathedral that you can see before or after the visit.
Main attractions near St. Paul's Cathedral
After your visit to St. Paul's Cathedral, I recommend that you take the opportunity to visit some of the city's points of interest closest to the temple in order to make the most of the day's sightseeing. Here are the main ones:
- Museum of London: This is one of the most important museums in the city and its collection includes pieces from prehistoric times to the present day.
- Shakespeare's Globe Theatre: Located in Southwark, it is a reconstruction of The Globe, from the late 16th and early 17th century, where the playwright William Shakespeare wrote a large number of plays.
- The Millennium Bridge: This pedestrian suspension bridge links the City of London with the Bankside area.
- Tate Modern: This contemporary art museum has an important collection of works that includes paintings by artists such as Dalí, Picasso or Cézanne.
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Recommendations to visit St. Paul's Cathedral
If you want your visit to St Paul's Cathedral to be as fruitful as possible, don't hesitate to take into account the following recommendations:
- Buy your ticket in advance to save a few euros and avoid wasting time at the ticket office.
- Itis not possible to take photos or videos inside, so I recommend that you focus on the visit and enjoy it as much as possible.
- Go early in the morning so that you have a chance to see the main nave before it gets crowded with tourists.
I recommend you wear comfortable shoes as you will have to climb over 500 steps to see the dome.
If your visit coincides with a choir performance or organ concert you are in luck as you can enjoy two shows for the price of one.