Guided Tours

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Kids go free in October half term
10:00am Doors open for sightseeing
12:30pm Eucharist
4:00pm Last entry for sightseeing
5:00pm Evening Prayer

Guided Tours

From 13 July 2020, St Paul's Cathedral has reopened for sightseeing and holds services throughout the day. 

There are multimedia guides available in a number of languages, and we are currently working to reintroduce 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 Please enquire at the guiding desk when you arrive

Guided Tours (No extra cost above admission) 
A guided tour in English for around 90 mins covering the Cathedral floor and Crypt, as well as the Geometric Staircase and the Quire - areas not usually open to visitors. 

Monday - Saturday 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 12pm  |  1pm  |  2pm
Please enquire at the guiding desk when you arrive.

Private Group Guided Tours *currently not available*
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. 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 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 two weeks in advance via admissions@stpaulscathedral.org.uk or 0207 246 8357

Triforium Tour - public bookings *currently not available*
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:

Future dates to be added when guided tours recommence  
  £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 24 months. The tour will not enter the library during this period and extra time will be allocated elsewhere.
These tours can be pre-booked online when dates are confirmed. 
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 *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 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 24 months. The tour will not enter the library during this period and extra time will be allocated elsewhere. 
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 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 *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.