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St Paul's Cathedral

For more than 1,400 years, a cathedral dedicated to St Paul has stood at the highest point in the city.

City of London, Greater London

Opening times

The cathedral is usually open for sightseeing Monday to Saturday 8.30am to 4.30pm (last admission 4pm).
The price of admission includes entry to the cathedral floor, crypt and the three galleries in the dome as well as multimedia guides and guided tours and the average visit time is two hours.


St Paul Churchyard
City of London
Greater London

Frequently at the centre of national events, traditions have been observed here and radical new ideas have found expression under the iconic dome. In many cases these events have left some physical record as well as echoes in the intangible memory of the building.

The present cathedral, the masterpiece of Britain's most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren, is at least the fourth to have stood on the site. It was built between 1675 and 1710, after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London, and services began in 1697.

This was the first cathedral to be built after the English Reformation in the 16th century, when Henry VIII removed the Church of England from the jurisdiction of the Pope and the Crown took control of the life of the church.

  • Captivating architecture

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Famous connections

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Magnificent memorials

  • National heritage here

  • Social heritage stories

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Accessible toilets in church

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Café in church

  • Church shop or souvenirs

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Train station within 250m

  • Church of England

Contact information

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