Group Visits

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8:00am Morning Prayer
8:30am Doors open for sightseeing
8:30am Eucharist
12:30pm Eucharist
4:00pm Last entry for sightseeing
5:00pm Choral Evensong
5:30pm Cathedral closes

Group Visits

Groups will find visiting St Paul’s an easy and rewarding experience which offers a unique presentation of the faith, architecture and history of the nation’s church.

Sightseeing admission includes access to all of the Cathedral Floor, Crypt and the Dome Galleries. Multimedia guides in 9 languages are included. Most visitors use these extremely popular and easy to use devices on a self-guided basis.

Please be aware that until further notice, access to the Dome is available only for visits on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and daily during school holidays. Entrance to the Golden Gallery is subject to availability due to capacity controls in operation and there may be time restrictions in place. The Whispering Gallery remains closed to the public until further notice. 

Group tickets are available online in quantities of 10-60 tickets. There are no limits on party sizes. The wearing of face coverings is no longer mandatory, however we welcome and encourage worshippers, visitors, staff and volunteers to continue to wear masks if preferable, and encourage everyone to be mindful and respectful of the choices of others. Visitors are welcome to use the NHS COVID-19 app on their phone or device to check in at the Cathedral should they wish. Please read our COVID-19 Updates page before visiting.

Guiding (external guides) – London Blue Badge Guides and City of London Guides (who have passed the St Paul's Cathedral Accredited Course) are very welcome – these guides, as well as teachers or lecturers are permitted to guide their groups inside the cathedral.

Group leaders or guides with different qualifications may use our free Group Tour System equipment to keep their group together and share our audio commentary along with their own comments or instructions, or to bring their own wireless audio communication devices such as Vox or similar.

English speaking groups (10+) could supplement a visit by pre-booking a Group Guided Tour led by our St Paul’s guides. A small additional charge per person applies.

Prices and free place policy:

2021 group (10+) admission rates. Save 15% off walk-up individual tickets.

Adult (18yrs+) £17.00
Concession (student 18yrs+ / senior 60yrs+) £15.00
Child (6-17yrs) £7.20
Complimentary entry can be granted to a disabled visitor and an accompanying carer or necessary companion. 

If eligible, a free place policy will follow one of two scenarios:

  1. One free place is offered per group of at least 10 paying visitors and can be assigned to a group organiser / leader / driver.
  2. For groups of children, one free supervising adult place is granted per ten paying children.

The two scenarios cannot be combined. Blue Badge and City of London guides always receive free entry and do not need a free place assigned by the free place policy.

Book a group visit online

Frequently asked questions:

What is included in a visit?

Admission to St Paul’s includes access to the Cathedral Floor and Crypt as well as the Dome Galleries (Stone and Golden Galleries only; the Whispering Gallery is currently closed until further notice). Please note the Dome Galleries are currently open on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and school holidays. Multimedia guides or our Group Tour System are included. Visitors will also be able to view any short or long term art installations or exhibitions within the cathedral.

Do we need to pre-book a group visit?

Although group tickets can be purchased on arrival, advance booking is strongly recommended for guaranteed availability.  Group organisers can use our Online Group Bookings so as to receive your tickets in advance as E-tickets. This saves time on arrival as you can use the fast track entrance and be scanned straight in. Online bookings allow bookings up to 30 days in the future. If purchasing tickets on arrival, please do check our calendar for any variations to our opening hours before visiting. Please note that opening hours can change so do check the calendar a few times as we only populate the forthcoming 3-4 months of opening hour variations. 

Is there a minimum or maximum group size?

Group admission rates are for parties of at least 10 chargeable visitors. Parties of fewer than 10 can use our standard online ticketing to pre-order tickets at the same prices as the group rates.

There is no maximum group size for group admission but we do ask for groups of over 50 visitors to let us know of their visit plans in advance so that we can discuss arrangements together such as reservation of multimedia guide equipment and possible staggering of arrival.

How long should we plan to spend at St Paul’s and when is best to visit?

The average visit length is just over two hours. It is busiest around mid-afternoon and is quietest in the morning before 10am. But whenever your arrival you will not find long wait times to enter.

Where do we enter?

All visitors enter at the entrance at the west end of the Cathedral. A separate step free entrance is available in the South Churchyard. For the safety and security of all our visitors, security staff perform bag checks for all visitors before entering the Cathedral. Thereafter E-ticket holders should have their E-tickets ready for scanning. Groups and individuals paying on arrival should use the ticket sales desks only.

Do we need to stay together?

Groups of adults or concessions who are self-guiding with our multimedia guides can separate once inside if they wish. Groups of children should stay together throughout their visit.

We recommend that those bringing groups of children follow the NSPCC guidance which recommends having at least two adults present and the following minimum adult to child ratios:

  • 0 - 2 years - one adult to three children
  • 2 - 3 years - one adult to four children
  • 4 - 8 years - one adult to six children
  • 9 - 12 years - one adult to eight children
  • 13 - 18 years - one adult to 10 children

In order to visit the Cathedral with a group of children, these are the very minimum adult to child ratios which must be met: 

  • 6 - 12 years - one adult to 10 children
  • 13 - 17 years - one adult to 20 children

Further useful information can be found on General visit information

Contact us

If you have any questions about visiting as a group please email us on or telephone +44 (0) 20 7246 8357 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9am – 3.45pm).

UK schools should visit the Learning and Faith pages for relevant product information, prices and booking procedures. 

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