Explore the Cathedral

History
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7:30am Morning Prayer
8:00am Eucharist
8:30am Doors open for sightseeing
12:30pm Eucharist
4:00pm Last entry for sightseeing
5:00pm Choral Evensong

Explore the Cathedral

There are many different parts of the Cathedral for you to discover, from the underground Crypt to the Golden Gallery, 111 metres above London. This section will take you around each section of the Cathedral. Just select the area you would like to visit from the drop-down menu below.

Please note that the Stone and Golden Galleries will close temporarily from Monday 24 April to 1 June and again from Monday 11 September to Friday 10 November. During this time, visitors will reach the Whispering Gallery via a little-used 'secret' staircase, offering new sights of Wren's great design. 

The High Altar


The High Altar

The present high altar dates from 1958 and is made of marble and carved and gilded oak. It features a magnificent canopy based on a sketch by Christopher Wren, but which wasn't built in his time. It replaced a large Victorian marble altar and screen, which were damaged by a bomb strike in WW2, which destroyed a large part of the east end of the Cathedral.