St Paul’s Cathedral has been here for over 1,400 years. It has been built and rebuilt five times, and always its main purpose has been as a
place of worship and prayer.
St Paul's, with its world-famous dome, is an iconic feature of the London skyline. Step inside and you can enjoy the Cathedral's awe-inspiring
interior, and uncover fascinating stories about its history.
Learning & Faith
Lifelong learning is a core part of the our work, delivered through a variety of events by St Paul's Institute, and the
Cathedral's Adult Learning and Schools & Family Learning departments.
History & Collections
For more than 1,400 years, a Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has stood at the highest point in the City. The present Cathedral is the
masterpiece of Britain's most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren.
Behind the scenes, the cost of caring for St Paul's and continuing to deliver our central ministry and work is enormous and the generosity of
our supporters is critical.
Widely considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful buildings and a powerful symbol of the splendour of London, St Paul’s Cathedral is a
breathtaking events venue.
Good Friday. Cathedral open for services and worship only
Mattins and Litany in Procession
The Three Hours
The Good Friday Liturgy
Why do we charge?
St Paul’s is an iconic building on the London skyline, an active working church with services each and every day and an extremely popular
visitor destination for people from all round the world.
At St Paul’s we receive virtually no government funding and as such, are fully responsible for raising all the income needed to operate. It
costs at least £10 million a year to keep the Cathedral open and we are extremely grateful to all those who come and pay to visit the building
– not only do they get to see a beautiful and fascinating building, but the charge they pay is what enables the Cathedral to be open and in
good repair for people to visit as they do.
By paying to visit St Paul’s, you are not only having a great experience, but you are enabling others to share that experience in the future.
You’re also making it possible for around 780,000 people to join us in worship every year for which we make no charge. All our services
are free and we welcome all people. There is also a chapel set aside for private prayer and contemplation throughout every day.
We offer discounts for online, family and group tickets, and most tickets include a free guided tour and multimedia guides, access to the
Galleries, Crypt, and any art installations or special exhibitions. Tickets can be upgraded to annual passes at no extra cost for UK tax payers
by Gift Aiding the ticket, and the same benefit is available to non UK tax payers too.