Guided Tours

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12:00pm Doors open for sightseeing
12:30pm Eucharist
4:00pm Last entry for sightseeing
5:00pm Sung Eucharist
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. 

Introductory Talk (No extra cost above admission)  
A 15-20 minute introduction to the history and architecture of the Cathedral.

Monday - Saturday* *Crypt talk at 12.15pm, Monday - Friday only at present. Please enquire at the guiding desk when you arrive for additional talks, which may be available on the day.

Guided Tours (No extra cost above admission) 
A guided tour in English for around 60 mins covering the Cathedral floor and Crypt, as well as the Geometric Staircase and the Quire - areas not usually open to visitors. 

Monday - Saturday 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm (2.30pm tour not available on Thursdays) Please enquire at the guiding desk when you arrive, advanced reservations are not possible.

Geometric Staircase Viewing and Introductory Talk (No extra cost above admission)  *NEW*
An opportunity to view the magnificent Geometric Staircase with a 10 minute introduction to its history and architecture.

Monday - Saturday Please enquire at the guiding desk when you arrive, as these viewings are subject to availability.

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. You will need a minimum number of 10 people in your group and these tours must be pre-booked. It is also possible to book an Art Tour on a private group basis. 

A private group guided tour can usually start at one of the following times 1.15pm  |  2.15pm
  £5 per person (on top of general ticket price)
Please contact the Sales and Admissions team to check availability at least two weeks in advance via admissions@stpaulscathedral.org.uk or 0207 246 8357

Triforium Tour - public bookings
A one-hour tour in English which includes access up and down the iconic Geometric Staircase, the library*, the Trophy Room and Great Model, as well as a spectacular view down the nave from above the Great West Doors. The Cathedral will offer public Triforium Tours (no minimum party size required to make a reservation and you will be with other visitors on the tour) on the following dates:

Monday 20 September 2021 12.30pm
Friday 24 September 2021 12.30pm
Monday 27 September 2021 12.30pm
Wednesday 29 September 2021 12.30pm
Friday 1 October 2021 12.30pm
Monday 4 October 2021 12.30pm
Tuesday 5 October 2021 12.30pm
Wednesday 6 October 2021 12.30pm
Monday 11 October 2021 12.30pm
Tuesday 12 October 2021 12.30pm
Wednesday 13 October 2021 12.30pm
  £8 per person (on top of general ticket price)
* Please note that the library closed for refurbishments 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 without its books present from November 2021, and with books present from April 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 88 steep 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 *currently not available*
A one-hour tour in English for a party of minimum 5 people, and maximum 20 (sometimes we can accommodate two simultaneous tours thereby increasing the maximum to 40), which includes access up and down the iconic Geometric Staircase, the library*, the Trophy Room and Great Model, as well as a spectacular view down the nave from above the Great West Doors. Tours generally available from the following schedule:

Weekdays 11.30am  |  2pm  
  £8 per person (on top of general ticket price)
* Please note that the library closed for refurbishments 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 without its books present from November 2021, and with books present from April 2022.
Pre-booking essential. Please contact the Sales and Admissions team at least two weeks in advance via admissions@stpaulscathedral.org.uk or 020 7246 8357
Please be aware that there are 88 steep 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 *currently not available*
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. 

Future dates to be added when guided tours recommence  
Other dates on request, subject to guide availability.  
  No extra cost above admission. 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 a week in advance at admissions@stpaulscathedral.org.uk or 020 7246 8357. 

Cathedral Art Tours (no extra cost above admission) *currently not available*
A special 75 minute tour in English introducing some of the art to be found inside the Cathedral. The tour features Bill Viola's Martyrs (2014) and Mary (2016), two pieces created specifically for the Cathedral. Visitors will have the opportunity to spend time and discuss these modern-day altarpieces in a religious setting, with a cathedral guide, and experience the difference a sacred location may make on the installations. The tour will also include works by William Holman Hunt, Gerry Judah and Hughie O’Donoghue.


UK School Visits

A range of guided visits are available and must be pre-booked through the Schools & Families department.