COVID-19 Updates: Keeping your visit safe

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COVID-19 Updates: Keeping your visit safe

Updated 17 May 2021

We are happy to announce that St Paul’s Cathedral is now open again for services and sightseeing. Sightseeing hours are Monday to Saturday from 12pm to 4.30pm (last entry at 4.00pm) and service times can be viewed on the St Paul's online calendar. We’ve introduced capacity controls and 30-minute entry timeslots, along with changes to keep everyone safe whilst visiting the Cathedral.

The following safety measures and changes to your visit will be in place to keep our visitors and staff safe:

In order to support the NHS Test and Trace programme, we recommend downloading and installing the NHS COVID-19 app to your phone or device, and using this to check in at the Cathedral (for every visitor over the age of 16). If you are unable to use the NHS app, we will be taking contact details (name and telephone number) for all individual visitors 16 and older, as well as recording entry times to the Cathedral. 

In line with guidance issued by the Department for Health and Social Care, we will keep your details safely and in compliance with GDPR legislation for 21 days before securely disposing of or deleting them. We will only share your details with NHS Test and Trace, if asked, in the event that it is needed to help stop the spread of Coronavirus. We will not use your details for any other purposes or pass them on to anyone else.

Party size - Please only visit as a party of no more than six or as two households.

Travel - Following Government guidelines, please stay local where possible. 

Physical distancing – We ask visitors to keep a 2 metre (6 feet) distance, approximately 4 Cathedral floor tiles, from staff and other visitors outside their household or support bubble.

One way system – There is a one way system in place to allow for physical distancing. Step free access is still available via the South Transept. 

Face coverings– Following Government guidelines, face coverings/masks are legally required in places of worship, including the Cathedral shop, unless you have an exemption. 

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. 

Limited numbers – To ensure that every visitor and staff can keep 2 metres (6 feet) apart, we may have to limit the numbers inside the Cathedral at one time. This includes limits on the number of people who can attend our services. Please be aware that there may be a queue to enter the Cathedral.

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. 

‘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. 

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.

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 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 from 15 June 2020, face coverings must be worn when using public transport in England, including Transport for London services. To plan your journey to St Paul’s Cathedral visit

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

St Paul’s Cathedral is following Church of England and Government advice on COVID-19.

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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