COVID-19 Updates: Keeping your visit safe

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COVID-19 Updates: Keeping your visit safe

Updated 24 August 2021

We are open for sightseeing from Monday To Saturday. Service times and up to date opening hours can be viewed on the St Paul's online calendar

We are following Government and Church of England advice on COVID-19 measures. Following the Government’s changes to COVID-19 measures, we have made the following amendments to keep everyone safe whilst visiting the Cathedral:

  • NHS App: Visitors are welcome to use the NHS COVID-19 app on their phone or device to check in at the Cathedral should they wish.
  • Party size: There are no limits on party sizes.
  • Travel: Please note that if using Transport for London to travel to and from the Cathedral, the wearing of face coverings (unless exempt) is still mandatory. Please visit the TfL website for further information. We recommend checking individual transport operators for any guidelines they may have in place.
  • Physical distancing: We ask that all worshippers and visitors please be respectful of those who may wish to maintain social distancing.
  • One-way system: There will no longer be a one-way system in place, although we ask that visitors are mindful and considerate of others as they move around the Cathedral. Step free access is still available via the South Transept. There is two-way access to and from the Stone Gallery, but please note that the one-way system for access to and from the Golden Gallery will remain in place. The Whispering Gallery also remains closed to the public for the foreseeable future.
  • Guided tours with Cathedral Floor Guides: Guided tours with our Cathedral Floor Volunteer Guides are on offer, and now include access the Quire. Our Guides will advise which areas of the Quire can be accessed. Groups should stay in the central and Eastern sections as per pre-Covid guidelines. There will be no limits on group sizes, but please note that our Guides may choose to split larger groups should they wish. More information on tours can be found on our Guided tours webpage.
  • Face coverings: The wearing of face coverings is not mandatory, however we welcome and encourage worshippers, visitors, staff and volunteers to continue to wear masks if they prefer, and encourage everyone to be mindful and respectful of the choices of others.
  • Cleaning regime: Our staff are regularly cleaning the visitor areas to keep the Cathedral clean and safe for visitors and staff. 
  • Hand sanitiser: There are hand sanitiser stations on entry to the Cathedral. Visitors are welcome to use their own hand sanitiser as well.
  • Security: The safety and security of our staff remains a priority. We urge visitors to not bring bags, wherever possible. Small bags such as handbags or day packs are permissible (maximum permitted dimensions 45cm x 30cm x 25cm including handles, wheels and pockets) and will be subject to bag searching. There are no cloakroom facilities available. 
  • Please do not visit the Cathedral if you are feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms. We hope you understand this measure is to keep you and other visitors and staff safe.


‘We’re Good to go’ industry standard

St Paul’s Cathedral has been awarded the ‘Good to go’ industry standard by Visit Britain. The ‘Good to go’ mark is a nationwide industry standard to show that we are adhering the Government’s COVID-19 reopening guidance from the Government and Public Health England. 

When we are open for sightseeing, the toilets and the shop are open. The café and restaurant are now closed. 
 

Planning your sightseeing visit in 2021

Sightseeing tickets can now be booked using our online booking system. Dates are available from one month in advance and bookings can be made right up until the start time of each 30-minute entry timeslot, subject to availability. Advance booking is strongly recommended.

If you have an existing sightseeing booking that has been affected by the pandemic, please contact our Admissions Team at admissions@stpaulscathedral.org.uk with details of your order and / or tickets.

We will continue to follow government and Church of England advice on COVID-19 and act in accordance with the government guidelines for England. 

 

Getting to the Cathedral

We are encouraging visitors to walk or cycle to St Paul’s Cathedral where possible. There are many cycling racks across the City and the Cathedral is situated close to a number of cycle hire schemes. 

If using public transport to visit the Cathedral, please be aware that face coverings must be worn when using Transport for London services. To plan your journey to St Paul’s Cathedral visit www.tfl.gov.uk.

There is no parking available at the Cathedral, but there are commercial car parking facilities available in the City of London

Welcome Back to the City has plenty of information on planning your visit to the City of London including which attractions are open, places to eat and accessing toilets. 

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