Schools visit FAQ
Schools visit FAQ
On this page, you’ll find information for about booking onto and attending our schools visits, including details of what facilities we have and guidance on bringing packed lunches.
If you cannot find an answer to your question on this page, please get in touch with our Schools and Family Learning team on firstname.lastname@example.org – we will be happy to help.
Booking your visit
Yes. For guided and virtual visits you need to book at least three weeks in advance, however we advise booking well in advance as we can get very busy, especially in the summer months.
Unfortunately our booking portal is currently under maintenance. Please check back in a few days. For information, we are now fully-booked until the end of December 2023. We're sorry for any inconvenience.
Our sightseeing opening hours are:
- Monday to Saturday
- 8am (10am on Weds) to 5pm
- Last sightseeing entry 4pm.
We ask that you arrive 15 minutes before your allocated slot. If you are more than 30 minutes late we cannot guarantee that we will be able to guide your group and you may have to self-guide. On Sundays the Cathedral is open for worship and private prayer only.
Yes. When you make a booking we will send you a sample Risk Assessment Form. We strongly recommend that the member of staff organising the visit makes a preparation visit to the Cathedral in order to carry out their own risk assessment. This should include the journey to and from the Cathedral.
Once you have made a school booking you can book your free risk assessment visit through us. You will need to bring your teacher ID with you on the day, and any accompanying guests will have to purchase a ticket. Risk assessments are your responsibility.
No, you will be invoiced by us when we confirm your booking.
Yes. See our What's On page for details on all the services we have. You are very welcome to attend any services. All visitors on the Cathedral floor are also asked to be quiet for the Lord’s Prayer which is said every hour on the hour.
Schools from outside of the UK are very welcome to visit St Paul’s Cathedral but will need to book via our Group Visits page.
For general admission rates please visit our page on sightseeing types and prices. Prices include access to the Dome & Galleries as well as use of our multi-media guides which are available in nine languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Japanese and Korean.
If you are a non-UK school but are following a UK curriculum and would like a Guided or Virtual Visit please contact us to discuss on +44 (0) 20 7246 8353 or by emailing email@example.com
On the day
Please refer to your confirmation email. Entrance for guided groups is via the North Crypt entrance and you will be met inside at the Crypt Stewards’ desk. Self-Guided groups enter via the main entrance. Bags will be checked by our security team at both entrances. Our accessible entrance is on the south side of the Cathedral.
The Education Centre is wheelchair accessible, as is the Crypt and Cathedral Floor. We regret that it is not possible to take wheelchairs, or people with walking difficulties up to the Dome and Galleries since there is no public lift.
Visit our page on SEND students for more information the support and resources we can provide.
There are public toilets in the Crypt which you can use when you arrive.
Yes, but not during services. Please visit our page on filming and photography for more information.
Only schools booked on the 10.30am guided visit can eat packed lunches in the Cathedral, either in the classroom or in the Crypt. If you are a 10.30am guided group you will be informed about where to eat your lunch on the day of your visit. Unfortunately, due to health and safety/overcrowding concerns, all other groups are not permitted to eat lunches in the Cathedral. In good weather, however, you can picnic in the garden.
Visit with your school
St Paul's is an inspiring place to learn for students of all ages. From hands-on history classes that explore Cathedral life during World War II, to thought-provoking sessions that ask big questions about ethics and religion, we are sure you will be able to find the perfect visit for your group.