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St. Paul’s Cathedral, the biggest church in London, is one of the most significant buildings in the world widely recognized for the spectacular dome with a lantern on the top.

The first church to stand in the same place was a wooden church dedicated to the Apostle Paul, built in 604 AD by King Ethelbert of Kent.

The building was reconstructed several times after the major fire breakouts in 962 and 1087. The present building was designed by Christopher Wren after the previous building was completely destroyed during the Great Fire of London in 1666.

A place of historical significance, the Cathedral has witnessed major royal events including Queen Victoria’s jubilee celebrations, the wedding ceremony of Prince Charles and Princess Diana Spencer in 1981 and the Diamond celebration of Queen Elizabeth II.

The funeral processions of Duke of Wellington, Admiral Nelson, and Winston Churchill were also held here. It is the burial place of several eminent people including
Christopher Wren.

Do not Miss!

When on a visit, do not miss the view of the exteriors of the Cathedral from the West and the South Façade.

Crypt at the lower ground floor, with burial plaques and memorials to famous personalities


Whispering Gallery - Take 560 steps to this gallery to enjoy the scenic views of the cathedral’s interiors
and hear your whispers aloud


Stone Gallery – the outside balcony surrounding the base of the dome with wonderful views that stretch all
across London.


Golden Gallery - the outside balcony surrounding the top of the dome at the base of the lantern

The outstanding glitzy mosaic work on the dome ceiling

Visiting Tips
  • You are not permitted to carry heavy luggage and large bags inside the Cathedral

  • You may carry a handbag (to be checked by the security at the entrance)

  • Children can go inside with an adult

  • Pets are not allowed inside the premises (excluding assistance dogs)

  • Taking videos and photos is strictly forbidden inside the Cathedral

  • Throughout your visit must carry a printed ticket to be produced at the entrance



St. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD, United Kingdom

By Tube

St Paul's Underground Station (central Line) is 2 minutes' walk from the cathedral and Mansion House or Blackfriars stations on the Circle and District lines about 5 minutes' walk.

By Train


By Bus

These transit lines have routes that pass near St. Paul's Cathedral: 15, 17, 63, 748, 76

Opening Times

Monday to Saturday

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM



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