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  • £7.00 Child (6-17) Price
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  • £39.00 Family (2 Adult + 2 Children) Price
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St Paul’s Cathedral Tickets – Skip the Line

The Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has overlooked the City of London since 604 AD, a constant reminder to this great commercial centre of the importance of the spiritual side of life.  The current Cathedral – the fourth to occupy this site – was designed by the court architect Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1675 and 1710 after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London.  It’s architectural and artistic importance reflect the determination of the five monarchs who oversaw its building that London’s leading church should be as beautiful and imposing as their private palaces.

Dominating the London skyline, the magnificent domed cathedral, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, was completed in 1710.  Visitors can now enjoy a new inclusive multimedia guide which weaves together contemporary photography, archive film footage (including the wedding of HRH Prince Charles & Lady Diana Spencer) and the voices of those who work in St Paul’s today, with interviews and commentary from the Dean of St Paul’s, the Conservator and Director of Music amongst others.




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Prices

  • £16.00 Adult Price
  • £7.00 Child (6-17) Price
  • £14.00 Senior/Student Price
  • £39.00 Family (2 Adult + 2 Children) Price

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Tour Highlights

  • The Golden Gallery
  • The Dome
  • The Stone Gallery
  • The Whispering Gallery
  • Exhibition - Oculus: an eye into St Paul’s
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St Paul’s Cathedral

The Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has overlooked the City of London since 604 AD, a constant reminder to this great commercial centre of the importance of the spiritual side of life. The current Cathedral – the fourth to occupy this site – was designed by the court architect Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1675 and 1710 after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London.  It’s architectural and artistic importance reflect the determination of the five monarchs who oversaw its building that London’s leading church should be as beautiful and imposing as their private palaces.

Dominating the London skyline, the magnificent domed cathedral, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, was completed in 1710. Visitors can now enjoy a new inclusive multimedia guide which weaves together contemporary photography, archive film footage (including the wedding of HRH Prince Charles & Lady Diana Spencer) and the voices of those who work in St Paul’s today, with interviews and commentary from the Dean of St Paul’s, the Conservator and Director of Music amongst others.

The Golden Gallery

The Golden Gallery is the smallest of the galleries, which runs around the highest point of the outer dome, 280ft (85.4 metres) and 530 steps from ground-level.  While the dome and galleries were being built, Wren was hauled up and down in a basket at least once a week to inspect the work in progress.  He was 76 by the time this work was completed in 1708 and he watched as his son placed the last stone in position.

The Dome

St Paul’s is built in the shape of a cross, with the dome crowning the intersection of the arms.  It is one of the largest Cathedral domes in the world, 111.3 metres high.  It weighs approximately 65,000 tonnes and is supported by eight pillars.  Between the arches of the inner dome are mosaics of prophets and saints, which were installed between 1864 and 1888.  The murals in the dome were created between 1715 and 1719 by court painter Sir James Thornhill and feature scenes from the life of St Paul.

The Stone Gallery

The Stone Gallery is one of the two galleries above the Whispering Gallery that encircle the outside of the dome.  The Stone Gallery stands at 173 ft (53.4 metres) from ground-level.  It is reached by 378 steps. While the Dome and galleries were being built, Wren was hauled up and down in a basket at least once a week to inspect the work in progress.  He was 76 by the time this work was completed in 1708 and he watched as his son placed the last stone in position.

The Whispering Gallery

The Whispering Gallery runs around the interior of the Dome and is 259 steps up from ground-level.  It gets its name from a charming quirk in its construction, which makes a whisper against its walls audible on the opposite side.



Important Information

  • Those travelling in a group can benefit from the Group Tour System where the tour leader can communicate clearly to the group via a microphone and transmitter to each of the group member’s receivers.
  • Filming and photography is not allowed inside the Cathedral.
  • Children under six (6) years of age are admitted free of charge and do not require a ticket. (Children must be accompanied by an adult when visiting the galleries).
  • Family tickets are available online allowing entry for 2 adults and 2 children of 6-16 years of age. If you require a family ticket you need only select one (1) ticket.

Venue Information:

St Paul’s Cathedral, St Paul’s Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD

Nearest Train Station: Blackfriars, Cannon Street or London Bridge

Nearest Underground: Blackfriars

Public Bus Routes: 4, 11, 15, 23, 25, 26, 100, 242

Opening times

Monday to Saturday

The Cathedral is open to sightseers between 08:30am – 16:00pm (last admission)

The galleries are open to sightseers from 09:30am – 16:00pm (last admission)

Special services or events may close all or part of the Cathedral at short notice.

Sunday open for worship only and there is no sightseeing.



FAQ’s

Will the tour pick-up from my hotel?

Not unless you are staying at a hotel that is a designated pick-up (you will see options for these before you pay).  This is because of Government actions to help prevent pollution, no tour operators have been allowed to make individual hotel pick-ups since 1st April 2017.

Are there toilets on the coaches?

Some coaches have toilets, some do not, but on all tours there are regular comfort stops of no longer than 2 hours apart, plus all places visited have toilets on site.

Will we have time for a full lunch stop whilst on tour?

Unless you book a tour that includes a specific lunch stop then no.  Most tours are targeted at seeing as much as possible in one day and do not have time for a full stop.  There are options to buy food and snacks at all sites visited, but these can be expensive and most people prefer to bring food and drink with them.  Supermarkets, e.g. Tesco Express offer excellent and great value, pre-prepared food that is ideal for this.  Here is a store finder link.

Will the tour return to for example London at the time stated or can it be late?

Most tours return at the expected time, but this is always subject to traffic and it is possible there could be a delay and so it is always wise to allow plenty of spare time if you are planning on booking theatre shows, trains or flights etc. after your tour.

What clothes should I wear?

It is always wise to check the weather forecast before setting out.  It is good to plan in case of rain, with perhaps a shower coat and umbrella.  There will likely be quite a bit of walking on tours and comfy shoes are a must and if any of the tour is on grass e.g. Stonehenge Inner Circle tours then waterproof shoes are sensible.  It is often colder out of London than in London particularly if windy and a jumper or fleece in summer are wise and a warm coat in winter.

If visiting London how much time will it take to see all the main sites, will we have time for more than one out of London tour if we only have a week? How long in advance should I book tours?

It is a common mistake that people think it may take six days to see London and only allow a day for out of London tours.  However there is so much to see out of London that four days to go out of London will be an amazing experience to see maybe all these locations, Dover, Canterbury, Leeds Castle, Hampton Court, Windsor, Winchester, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Avebury, Bath, Stratford, Oxford and Warwick.

There are excellent day tours of London that see all of the main attractions in one day and then perhaps allow a further two days to see the Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Tour and other London attractions not included on the main tours and do not forget to book your show/theatre tickets well in advance too.

These are all very popular tours, most sell out well in advance and it is wise to book your tours, theatre and attractions several months in advance and you will find good planning in advance will optimise your holiday.

Is it better value to tour sites of London and out of London sites on our own, perhaps hiring a car?

No, fixed tours of both London and out of London are much better value than visiting sites individually and you will find going individually entrance costs alone will add up to more than the fixed tours, even before you factor in travel costs.

Do tours pick-up from any of the London airports?

Sorry no tours depart or return from any UK airports.  There are however excellent rapid express trains for example the Heathrow Express.

Can you help me find a discounted best value hotel? Plus theatre/shows and other attractions?

Yes we certainly can and here are some useful links.



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