Group Visits

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Temporary closure of Stone and Golden Galleries
Stations of water - installation
7:30am Morning Prayer
8:00am Eucharist
10:15am Doors open for sightseeing
12:30pm Eucharist
4:00pm Last entry for sightseeing
5:00pm Choral Evensong

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, as well as complete access from the very bottom to the very top of Wren’s iconic cathedral.

Sightseeing admission includes access to all of the cathedral floor, crypt and the three 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 note that the Stone and Golden Galleries will close temporarily from Monday 11 September to Friday 15 December. During this time, visitors will reach the Whispering Gallery via a little-used 'secret' staircase, offering new sights of Wren's great design. 

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.

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:

2017 group (10+) admission rates. Save up to 12.5%.

Adult (18yrs+) £16.00
Concession (student 18yrs+ / senior 60yrs+) £14.00
Child (6-17yrs) £7.00

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.


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 Whispering, Stone and Golden Galleries in the dome. 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.

Please note that the Stone and Golden Galleries will close temporarily from Monday 11 September to Friday 15 December.

Do we need to pre-book a group visit?

No. St Paul’s Cathedral does not operate timed arrival slots and we do not sell out of tickets. Group visits (10+) for admission only can easily be paid on arrival by credit / debit card or in cash (Pounds Sterling only). But do check our calendar for any variations to our opening hours before visiting.

Group organisers may prefer to pre-book and pre-pay for a group (10+) visit in advance and this can be arranged with the Sales & Admissions department. A pro-forma invoice can be sent in advance and final numbers and pre-payment then required at least two working days prior to the visit. Visa or MasterCard are the only forms of accepted pre-payment. Use of our fast track ‘pre-paid’ desks is an advantage we offer for pre-paid visitors.

Do we need to pre-book an arrival time?

No. Even groups who are pre-paying for admission do not need to specify an arrival time, although it will be noted down for reference. If you are making any additional reservations or arrangements in advance you may be asked to keep to specific times.

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 100 visitors to let us know of their visit plans in advance. This does not mean pre-payment is compulsory, but is so that we can discuss arrangements together such as reservation of multimedia guide equipment and possible staggering of arrival.

Can groups book online?

Our standard online ticketing only allows you to select up to 10 of a given ticket type. This may be suitable for some groups, and other may opt to order all their tickets in multiple transactions, but the free place policy isn’t applied on these orders. Please contact us if you wish to pre-book and pre-pay. 

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. The cathedral usually opens for sightseeing at 8.30am and closes for sightseeing at 4.30pm (last admission 4pm). It is busiest from 3pm in the lead up to last admission 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 main entrance at the west end of the cathedral. Before entering security staff perform bag checks for all visitors. Thereafter pre-paid groups can go together to any admission desk, including the fast track ‘pre-paid’ desks, to check in at and receive their tickets. Groups paying on arrival should use the standard ticket sales desks only.

General visit information

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. For children aged 6-12 a minimum ratio of 1 adult per 10 children will be required; for children aged 13-17 a minimum ratio of 1 adult per 20 children will be required.


Contact us

To pre-book a group visit, or if you have any questions about visiting as a group please email us on admissions@stpaulscathedral.org.uk or telephone +44 (0) 20 7246 8357 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8am – 2.45pm).

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

 
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