Guided Tours

About Your Visit
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8:00am Morning Prayer
8:30am Doors open for sightseeing
3:00pm Last entry for sightseeing
6:00pm The Easter Liturgy with Baptism, Confirmation and the First Eucharist of Easter

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.


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

Monday - Saturday Talks run regularly throughout the day
Please enquire at the guiding desk when you arrive

Guided Tours (No extra cost above admission)
A 90 minute guided tour in English covering the Cathedral floor and Crypt, as well as the Geometric Staircase, Chapel of St Michael & St George and the Quire - areas not usually open to visitors. 

Monday - Saturday 10am  |  11am  |  1pm  |  2pm
Please reserve a place at the guiding desk when you arrive. Advance reservations are not possible. The above is a typical schedule and there may be day to day variations. 

Private Group Guided Tours
Cathedral guides can be booked for the same 90 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. 

A private group guided tour can usually start at one of the following times 10.15am  |  11.15am  |  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 a week in advance at admissions@stpaulscathedral.org.uk or 0207 246 8357

Triforium Tour - public bookings
A one-hour tour in English which includes the library*, Geometric Staircase 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:

Friday 26 April 2019 2pm
Thursday 2 May 2019 11.30am
Monday 13 May 2019 11.30am
Friday 31 May 2019 11.30am
Tuesday 4 June 2019 2pm
Thursday 13 June 2019 11.30am
Monday 17 June 2019 11.30am
Thursday 27 June 2019 11.30am
Friday 5 July 2019 11.30am
Thursday 18 July 2019 11.30am
Tuesday 23 July 2019 2pm
Thursday 8 August 2019 11.30am
Tuesday 13 August 2019 2pm
Thursday 22 August 2019 11.30am
Friday 30 August 2019 11.30am
Thursday 5 September 2019 11.30am
Tuesday 10 September 2019 2pm
Thursday 19 September 2019 11.30am
Monday 23 September 2019 11.30am
  £8 per person (on top of general ticket price)
* Please note that the library closed for refurbishments at the beginning of August 2018 for approximately 18-24 months. The tour will not enter the library during this period and extra time will be allocated elsewhere.
To book, please contact the Sales and Admissions team at least two working days in advance at 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 up to a further 10 short flights of stairs (each no more than 10 steps).

Triforium Tour - private group bookings
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 the library*, Geometric Staircase 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 for approximately 18-24 months. The tour will not enter the library during this period and extra time will be allocated elsewhere. During this time the capacity per tour has been increased from 15 to 20.
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
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).

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. 

Friday 17 May 2019 11am
Tuesday 11 June 2019 1pm
Monday 8 July 2019 1pm
Wednesday 21 August 2019 11am
Friday 13 September 2019 11am
Tuesday 15 October 2019 1pm
Monday 18 November 2019 1pm
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
To coincide with the Royal Academy exhibition Bill Viola/Michelangelo: Life, Death, Rebirth (26 January – 31 March 2019), St. Paul’s Cathedral is running special art focused tours including 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.

These tours have now ended. Due to their popularity we are planning a further series of dates which we will post here soon.  
Places are limited and should be pre-booked. A cathedral admission ticket will also be required to visit on the date of your booked tour – Friends of St Paul’s Cathedral and Annual Pass holders can visit for free. 

UK School Visits

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