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Plan Your Visit to St. Paul Cathedral - Timings, Location, Facilities & More

Visit St. Paul’s Cathedral London to learn about the history of the Cathedral and the city. Rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1666 by Christopher Wren, St. Paul’s Cathedral is an architectural masterpiece with its dome being one of the largest structures in the world. If you are visiting St. Paul’s Cathedral anytime soon, then here is everything to know about St. Paul’s Cathedral opening hours, service hours, facilities, and lots more for a comfortable experience.

St. Paul's Cathedral at a glance

  • What are St. Paul's Cathedral opening hours?
    The Cathedral is open 8:30am to 4:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 10am to 4:30pm on Wednesday.
  • Where is St. Paul's Cathedral located?
    The church is located at St. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD, United Kingdom.
  • How long does a St. Paul's Cathedral tour take?
    It takes about2-3 hours to explore the entirety of St. Paul's Cathedral.
  • How many entrances does St. Paul's Cathedral have?
    The Cathedral has two entrances - west end and south.
  • How many visitors does St. Paul's Cathedral get per year?
    St. Paul's Cathedral receives around two millions visitors every year.

What are St. Paul's Cathedral opening hours?

Timings: 8:30am to 4:30pm (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday) and 10am to 4:30pm (Wednesday)

Closed on: Sunday

What is the best time to visit St. Paul's Cathedral?

The optimal time to visit St. Paul's Cathedral in London is typically early morning on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays before noon when crowds are minimal. Avoid visiting on Fridays and Saturdays due to high visitor numbers. Wednesdays open later at 10 am, making other weekdays preferable for morning visits. To avoid peak tourist season, it's best to avoid the summer months, particularly mid-July to early September.

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Getting to St. Paul's Cathedral

By public transport

  • By underground: If you are at Buckingham Palace, you can walk to the nearest tube station - St. James's Park - and get on the district line to reach Blackfriars, which is 0.6 km from the church.
  • By bus: Get on bus line 26 from St. James's Park, 0.6 km from Buckingham Palace. It will drop you right at the Cathedral.

By car

You can drive from Buckingham Palace to St. Paul's Cathedral, following The Mall and the A4 route. The distance between the two attractions is 3.3 km, and depending on traffic conditions, it takes around 20-30 minutes.




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Audio guides
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Visitor tips

St. Paul's Cathedral features two primary entrances: the west end entrance, which requires ascending 24 steps, and the south entrance, offering step-free access for enhanced accessibility.

  • Toilets are available in the Crypt of the St Paul’s Cathedral.
  • A Shop is also available in the Crypt at St Paul’s Cathedral where you can buy gifts, guidebooks, music, and prints.
  • Baby changing facilities are conveniently available on-site.
  • Multimedia guides, offered in nine languages, cater to both adults and children, ensuring an engaging experience for all visitors.
  • Disabled visitors can use the accessible lift or the ramp entrances to enter the cathedral and explore the area.
  • All toilets in the crypt have left-handed, right-handed, and unisex cubicles. The crypt is accessible via lift.
  • A multimedia British Sign Language tour with subtitles is available at the cathedral.
  • Audio Description guides and guided touch tour is available for visually impaired visitors.
  • Assistance dogs, guide dogs, and hearing dogs are allowed inside St Paul's Cathedral.
  • You can bring small mobility scooters and wheelchairs.
  • If you are visiting St Paul’s Cathedral with your little one, then you can bring prams and pushchairs to the cathedral.

Multimedia audio guides are available for your guided tour to St. Paul's Cathedral. It's offered in multiple languages - English, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, and Mandarin.

  • Large bags or items exceeding 45cm x 30cm x 25cm are not permitted inside the cathedral. 
  • During visits, flash photography, video recording, selfie sticks, tripods, and monopods are prohibited. 
  • Guests must undergo mandatory bag checks before entering the cathedral for security reasons. 
  • The last admission is typically at 4pm, so you must arrive well before closing to ensure entry, otherwise entry will be denied.

The St. Paul's Cathedral Shop, situated in the Chapter House, offers an extensive selection of gifts and souvenirs both online and in-person. Open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm (Wednesdays from 10am), the shop provides worldwide delivery, with postage costs calculated by weight. Explore unique items that capture the essence of this iconic landmark!

  • Cafe Rouge - St Paul's (236 ft): Savor the flavors of France at Cafe Rouge. Indulge in a delightful selection of French cuisine, from classic French Onion Soup and Poulet Breton to exquisite Crème Brûlée.
  • The Ivy Asia St. Paul's (0.16 km): Located near St. Paul's Cathedral, The Ivy Asia offers a contemporary dining experience with innovative Asian-inspired dishes and creative cocktails.
  • Franco Manca (1.7 km): Just a short walk from St. Paul's Cathedral, Franco Manca is renowned for its delicious sourdough pizza. With daily specials, it promises some of the best pizzas in the area.

Tower of London (1.7 km): The Tower of London, an iconic fortress on the River Thames, has historically served as a royal palace, prison, and treasury. It is renowned for housing the Crown Jewels.

London Eye (2.2 km): The London Eye, a magnificent 135-meter-tall Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the Thames, provides unparalleled panoramic views of London's iconic skyline.

Tower Bridge (2.7 km): Explore the inner workings of the famous Tower Bridge and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of London and the River Thames.

  • Since there are many stairs to climb at St. Paul's Cathedral to visit different galleries, it's best to wear comfortable shoes.
  • Visit St. Paul's Cathedral on weekdays in the morning to avoid the crowds and on Saturdays and school holidays if you want access to the Dome galleries.
  • You can take photographs throughout the Cathedral floor, crypt, and external galleries, but flash photography and video filming are not permitted.
  • Avoid carrying large bags to St. Paul's Cathedral as no cloakroom facility is available.
  • If you bring kids along, make sure to keep them under supervision to ensure the peaceful decorum of the church.

Frequently Asked Questions about visiting St. Paul's Cathedral

How long does it take to cover St. Paul's Cathedral?

On average, it takes two hours to thoroughly cover all the corners of St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Are the car parking facilities at St. Paul's Cathedral?

No, there is no car parking facility at St. Paul’s Cathedral but there is a public car parking space available on Queen Victoria Street.

Is St. Paul's Cathedral disable-friendly?

Yes, there are several sections of the cathedral that are disabled-friendly. You can come with assistance dogs, small mobility scooters, and wheelchairs to visit St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Is there any security check at St. Paul's Cathedral?

Yes, you and your belongings shall be checked when visiting St. Paul’s Cathedral. If you refuse the security check or are found in possession of a dangerous or unsuitable item, then you may be denied entry or the item might be confiscated.

Can I bring food inside St. Paul's Cathedral?

No, foods and drinks are not allowed inside the Cathedral.

Does St Paul's Cathedral provide baby changing facilities?

Yes, there are baby changing facilities available in the Crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral.

Is there any first-aid service offered at St Paul's Cathedral?

Yes, St Paul’s Cathedral offers first-aid services to visitors.