Accessibility

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Accessibility

Information on accessibility at St Paul's Cathedral

Admissions Policy
During sightseeing hours complimentary entry can be granted to a disabled visitor and an accompanying carer or necessary companion. Please request these tickets on arrival. Please let staff know if there are any specific access requirements or assistance you need. 
 
Equal Access Project
The Cathedral is working towards the construction of a permanent accessible entrance to the north side of the Cathedral, providing inclusive access for visitors, staff and volunteers. This project, the most significant external change to the Cathedral in its 300 year history, will consist of two symmetrical ramps either side of a central staircase to the north transept door. Learn more about the project here
 

Access via lift 

The lift will be out of use from 14 October 2019, for a period of approximately four weeks, due to vital refurbishment work. The South Transept ramp will provide access to the Cathedral floor only during this time. As there will be no access to the Crypt, an accessible portaloo will be available in the churchyard near the ramped entrance; please speak to a member of staff for assistance. Please check this page for updates.

The south churchyard entrance is step-free, and is the recommended access for entry for wheelchair users and people who cannot negotiate the main west front steps. The south churchyard entrance leads to a modern lift serving the crypt and Cathedral floor.
The lift provides direct access to Cathedral floor and crypt. The quire and sacrarium on the Cathedral floor have a small user-operated chairlift. Assistance is available should it be required. Cathedral wheelchairs are available on request.
If for any reason the south churchyard entrance door is closed a telephone number is displayed. 
Usable lift space - 1,400mm length x 1,300mm width.

 

Access via south transept temporary ramp
A temporary ramp is currently in place on the south side of the Cathedral while a permanent ramped entrance is built on the north side of the Cathedral. From the temporary ramp there is direct access to the Cathedral floor only. Use of the temporary ramp for groups can be requested in advance by contacting the Admissions department on 020 7246 8357 or on the day 020 7248 1929. 

 
Vision impaired visitors
Audio Description Guides are available.
guided touch tour is available if booked in advance. We can also provide large print or Braille copies of orders of service.
Listen to a description of the cathedral on VocalEyes
 

Induction loop
The Cathedral is equipped with a hearing loop system that covers the Cathedral floor and the OBE Chapel in the crypt.
This is used at all services for spoken word elements.

 
British Sign Language
multimedia BSL signed tour with subtitles, is available.
 
Parking
For information on individual disabled parking near to the cathedral, please visit the City of London website or AccessAble. 
If you are visiting the Cathedral with disabled passengers in a mini bus, please contact 020 7246 8350 in advance.
 
Assistance dogs
Guide dogs, hearing dogs and assistance dogs are welcome in the Cathedral at all times. Water for dogs is available.
 
Mobility scooters
Carefully driven smaller scooters are most welcome.
The south entrance lift will not accommodate many Class 3 scooters or some larger class 2 scooters. We recommend that you check that your scooter will fit in the lift before you arrive at the Cathedral.
Usable lift space - 1,400mm length x 1,300mm width.
 

Accessible toilets

Please note there is currently no step-free access to the Crypt and accessible toilets while vital refurbishment work to the lift takes place. An accessible portaloo is available in the churchyard near the ramped entrance; please speak to a member of staff for assistance.


Left handed, right handed and ambulant unisex cubicles are all located within the crypt.
The crypt is accessed by the lift. Usable lift space - 1,400mm length x 1,300mm width. The nearby Paternoster Square and One New Change shopping centre also have accessible toilets, should you require those before arriving or after you have left the Cathedral.
St Paul's does not have 'changing places' facilities. The nearest facilities are located at the Barbican Centre and Tate Modern.
Check Changing Places facilities.

 

Location and entrances

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Access to the galleries
Access to the Whispering Gallery (257 steps), Stone Gallery (additional 119 steps) and Golden Gallery (additional 152 steps from Stone) is via stair only.
We recommend that those with pre-existing medical conditions, mobility difficulties or concerns with heights and confined spaces do not attempt this climb. A video fly through of the gallery levels and their views is available on the multimedia guides. Please note that the Whispering Gallery is temporarily closed and is expected to remain closed until at least December 2019. The Stone and Golden Galleries remain open. More information.
 
Access to the Triforium
Visitors are able to book in advance for a tour of the Cathedral's Triforium.
Please be aware that there are 141 steps to the Triforium level and no lift access available at present. Within the Triforium, the tour route includes up to a further 10 short flights of stairs (each no more than 10 steps).
 
Comments and questions
Please contact the Admissions department at admissions@stpaulscathedral.org.uk or 0207 246 8357.
On Sunday please telephone the Virgers on 0207 246 8320