Guided Tours

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

Guided Tours

As well as the multimedia guides offered for your use, the Cathedral has a team of knowledgeable guides with many years of experience to engage with you during your visit. 

Monday - Saturday The following free tours and talks are generally available between 11am and 3pm subject to availability. Please enquire at the Volunteers Desk on arrival for further information. They cannot be pre-booked.

Introductory Talk (Free for ticket holders)  
A 15-20 minute introduction to the history and architecture of the Cathedral.

Guided Tours (Free for ticket holders) 
A guided tour in English for around 60 minutes covering the Cathedral floor and Crypt, as well as the Geometric Staircase and the Quire - areas not usually open to visitors. 

Geometric Staircase Viewing and Introductory Talk (Free for ticket holders)
An opportunity to view the magnificent Geometric Staircase with a 10 minute introduction to its history and architecture.


Private Group Guided Tours
Cathedral guides can be booked for the same 60 minute tour in English but on a private basis for your group at a small additional cost per person. These tours must be pre-booked and there is a minimum chargeable number of 10 places. We can typically accommodate up to 50 visitors in one tour booking and will usually provide more than one guide for such larger groups. 

A private group guided tour can usually start at one of the following times 1.15pm  |  2.15pm
  Until 9 January 2022 £5 per person, from 10 January 2022 £8 per person (in addition to admission)
Please contact the Sales and Admissions team to check availability at least one month in advance via admissions@stpaulscathedral.org.uk or 0207 246 8357

Triforium Tour 
A one-hour tour in English of the Triforium which includes the library aisle*, the Trophy Room and Great Model, as well as a spectacular view down from the top of the iconic Geometric Staircase and another down the nave from above the Great West Doors. A great option if you have been to St Paul's before and want to go behind the scenes to see more of the Cathedral. We will offer Triforium Tours on the following dates:

Friday 03 December 2021 12.30pm
Monday 06 December 2021 12.30pm
Tuesday 07 December 2021 12.30pm
Friday 10 December 2021 12.30pm
Monday 13 December 2021 12.30pm
Wednesday 15 December 2021 12.30pm
Saturday 18 December 2021 12.30pm
Thursday 30 December 2021 12.30pm
  Until 9 January 2022 £8 per person, from 10 January 2022 £10 per person (in addition to admission)
* Please note that the library closed for restoration and conservation at the beginning of August 2018. The tour will not enter the library and extra time will be allocated elsewhere. We expect to be able to show you the restored library from July 2022.
These tours can be pre-booked online from one month in advance. A valid admission ticket, Annual Pass or other admission entitlement will also be required in order to visit on the day of the tour.
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 several short flights of stairs (each no more than 10 steps).

Triforium Tour - private group bookings
A one-hour tour in English for a maximum 15 visitors (sometimes we can accommodate two simultaneous tours thereby increasing the maximum to 30), which includes the library aisle*, the Trophy Room and Great Model, as well as a spectacular view down from the top of the iconic Geometric Staircase and another down the nave from above the Great West Doors. These tours must be pre-booked and there is a minimum chargeable number of 10 places. Tours generally available from the following schedule:

Weekdays 11.30am  |  2pm  
  Until 9 January 2022 £8 per person, from 10 January 2022 £10 per person (in addition to admission)
* Please note that the library closed for restoration and conservation at the beginning of August 2018. The tour will not enter the library and extra time will be allocated elsewhere. We expect to be able to show you the restored library from July 2022.
Please contact the Sales and Admissions team to check availability at least one month in advance via admissions@stpaulscathedral.org.uk or 020 7246 8357
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 several short flights of stairs (each no more than 10 steps).

Touch Tours
A two-hour tour in English of the Cathedral Floor and Crypt which is suitable for people with vision impairments. Numbers are limited to 6 visitors plus additional places for an accompanying carer or necessary companion per person, i.e. a maximum of 12 people. 

Tours on request, subject to guide availability.  
  Free for ticket holders. Please note that complimentary entry can be granted to a disabled visitor and an accompanying carer or necessary companion. 
Pre-booking essential. Please contact the Sales and Admissions team at least one month in advance at admissions@stpaulscathedral.org.uk or 020 7246 8357. 

UK School Visits

A range of guided visits are available and must be pre-booked through our Schools & Family Learning department.