Schools & Family Learning
|8:30am||Doors open for sightseeing|
|4:00pm||Last entry for sightseeing|
St Paul’s welcomes thousands of schoolchildren with their teachers through its doors every year as self-guiding visitors. Our aim is to ensure that every single young learner has an unforgettable experience in the Cathedral and is able to get the very most out of their visit.
To fully support these visits, and all those preparing for them, we have developed a wide range of downloadable online resources, trails and booklets for self-guiding schools which you will find on our Resources for Teachers page. We highly recommend that you take time to read these carefully before making your booking and hope that they will support you in all aspects of your visit including your preparation.
Please start by reading our Self-guiding at St Paul's: a teacher's manual document carefully. This includes essential information for all school visits including booking and outlines how best to choose from the online resources listed below:
We would also like to take the opportunity to remind you of the following:
Advance booking is essential for all self-guided UK school groups.
There are two self-guided entrance rates: Cathedral Floor and Crypt only or Cathedral Floor, Crypt plus Dome Galleries.
All group visit fees are invoiced and paid for in advance as part of our bookings process. Please do not bring payment with you on the day of your visit as this could cause you considerable inconvenience and delay.
Entrance fees are significantly discounted for school parties but do not include use of the Cathedral’s multimedia guides.
Very occasionally St Paul’s is closed to the public for special services which can occur at short notice. Information regarding services is always available on the website. We will also be able to give you up-to-date details regarding special services at the time of your booking.
Regretfully we are unable to accommodate self-guided groups for lunch in the public areas of the Crypt. Whenever weather permits the Cathedral Gardens to the east of the building are an excellent and spacious alternative option for lunch. The nearby YHA is also often available and bookable in advance for school groups bringing packed lunches in return for a small donation.
We welcome respectful non-flash photography for personal use inside the Cathedral outside service times. As a working church, there are some restrictions to this which can be found on our photography page.