Visit the cathedral dedicated to St. Paul, be inspired by the innovative Oculus exhibition and admire the Golden Gallery.
Explore the spiritual landmark of London
Admire the extraordinary dome of the cathedral
Learn more about the cathedral's past in the innovative exhibition Oculus
The cathedral dedicated to St Paul overlooks the City of London since 604 A.D., which constantly reminds this great trading centre of the importance of the spiritual side of life. Today's cathedral - the fourth to be found here - was designed by court architect Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1675 and 1710 after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London. Its architectural and artistic significance reflects the determination of the five monarchs who oversaw the building that London's leading church should be as beautiful and imposing as its private palaces.
The magnificent arched cathedral, which dominates the London skyline and was designed by Sir Christopher Wren, was completed in 1710. From now on, visitors can enjoy a new inclusive multimedia guide combining contemporary photography, archive footage (including the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer) and the voices of those working in St. Paul's today, with interviews and comments from, among others, the Dean of St. Paul's, the Curator and Music Director.
Visitors can also enjoy the new exhibition 'Oculus: An Eye into St Paul's'. As the first project of its kind in a cathedral, Oculus brings 1400 years of history to life with 270 films. Located in the atmospheric former treasury of the crypt, Oculus guides visitors through the buildings that burned and decayed in the middle of the construction of the first St. Paul's in 604 A.D., before showing them the Great Fire of 1666 and the devastation of London in flashlight, when St. Paul became a permanent symbol of strength, survival and hope.
The Golden Gallery is the smallest of the galleries that runs around the highest point of the outer dome, 85.4 metres (280ft) and 530 steps from the ground floor. While the dome and galleries were being built, Wren was dragged up and down in a basket at least once a week to inspect the ongoing work. He was 76 years old when this work was completed in 1708, and he observed his son positioning the last stone.
St. Paul's is built in the shape of a cross, with the dome crowning the intersection of the arms. With a height of 111.3 metres, it is one of the largest domes in the world. It weighs around 65,000 tons and is supported by eight columns. Between the arches of the inner dome there are mosaics of prophets and saints, which were erected between 1864 and 1888. The wall paintings in the dome were created between 1715 and 1719 by the court painter Sir James Thornhill and depict scenes from the life of Saint Paul.
The Stone Gallery is one of the two galleries above the Whispering Gallery that surrounds the outside of the dome. The Stone Gallery is 53.4 metres (173 ft) from the ground floor. It is reached in 378 steps.
The Whispering Gallery The Whispering Gallery runs around the interior of the dome and is 259 steps from the ground floor. Its name derives from a charming peculiarity in its construction, which makes a whisper against its walls audible on the opposite side.
Monday to Saturday
The cathedral is open for visitors from 8:30 to 16:30 (last admission).
The galleries are open for visitors from 9:30 - 16:15 (last admission).
Special services or events can close the cathedral completely or partially at short notice.
Sunday is only open for worship and there are no visits.
Those travelling in a group can benefit from the Group Tour system, where the guide can communicate clearly with the group via a microphone and a transmitter with each of the group member's receivers.
Filming and photography are not allowed inside the cathedral.
Children under six (6) years of age have free admission and do not need a ticket. (Children must be accompanied by an adult when visiting the galleries).
Family tickets are available online and allow entry for 2 adults and 2 children aged 6-16. If you need a family ticket, you only need to select one (1) ticket here.
All advance tickets are only available with a self-printing option. You will need a printer to print your tickets.
Please note that the Stone Gallery and the Golden Gallery are closed for maintenance until 16 December. The Whispering Gallery will remain open.
• Skip-the-line access to St. Paul's Cathedral
St. Paul's Cathedral, St. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD .
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