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St Paul's Cathedral Tickets - Skip the Line

Highlights
  • Explore Sir Christopher Wren’s historic masterpiece – St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Climb to the Golden Gallery 280 feet above ground level
  • Reach the heights of 173 feet in the beautiful Stone Gallery
  • No need to queue with this skip-the-line ticket
 Activity options
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Adult   $21.25
Child  (6-17 Years) $9.00
Senior/Student   $18.75
Family 1  (1 Adult + 3 Children) $36.25
Family 2  (2 Adults + 3 Children) $51.50
Total $ 0.00
 
Description
St Paul's Cathedral

The Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has overlooked the City of London since 604 AD, a constant reminder to this great commercial centre of the importance of the spiritual side of life. The current Cathedral - the fourth to occupy this site - was designed by the court architect Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1675 and 1710 after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London. Its architectural and artistic importance reflect the determination of the five monarchs who oversaw its building that London's leading church should be as beautiful and imposing as their private palaces.

Dominating the London skyline, the magnificent domed cathedral, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, was completed in 1710. Visitors can now enjoy a new inclusive multimedia guide which weaves together contemporary photography, archive film footage (including the wedding of HRH Prince Charles & Lady Diana Spencer) and the voices of those who work in St Paul’s today, with interviews and commentary from the Dean of St Paul’s, the Conservator and Director of Music amongst others.

New Exhibition - ‘The Great Restoration of the 1920s’

Additionally visitors can enjoy the new exhibition ‘The Great Restoration of the 1920s’. Using archive material and objects from the Cathedral’s collection, a new display will tell the little-known period in which St Paul’s Cathedral underwent a dangerous renovation in the 1920s. From the Cathedral literally moving and cracking to further structural issues and the ingenious planning to save the dome, find out what it took for this iconic building to continue to thrive to this day!

The Golden Gallery

The Golden Gallery is the smallest of the galleries, which runs around the highest point of the outer dome, 280ft (85.4 metres) and 530 steps from ground-level. While the dome and galleries were being built, Wren was hauled up and down in a basket at least once a week to inspect the work in progress. He was 76 by the time this work was completed in 1708 and he watched as his son placed the last stone in position.

The Dome

St Paul's is built in the shape of a cross, with the dome crowning the intersection of the arms. It is one of the largest Cathedral domes in the world, 111.3 metres high. It weighs approximately 65,000 tonnes and is supported by eight pillars. Between the arches of the inner dome are mosaics of prophets and saints, which were installed between 1864 and 1888. The murals in the dome were created between 1715 and 1719 by court painter Sir James Thornhill and feature scenes from the life of St Paul.

The Stone Gallery

The Stone Gallery is one of the two galleries above the Whispering Gallery that encircle the outside of the dome. The Stone Gallery stands at 173 ft (53.4 metres) from ground-level. It is reached by 378 steps. While the Dome and galleries were being built, Wren was hauled up and down in a basket at least once a week to inspect the work in progress. He was 76 by the time this work was completed in 1708 and he watched as his son placed the last stone in position.
Additional Information
  • Those travelling in a group can benefit from the Group Tour System where the tour leader can communicate clearly to the group via a microphone and transmitter to each of the group member’s receivers.
  • From 1 June 2019 visitors are allowed to take photographs in designated areas within the Cathedral on a non-commercial basis. Filming, the use of flash, additional lighting, tripods, monopods and selfie sticks is not permitted.
  • Photography is not permitted during services and should be paused during hourly prayer.
  • The Whispering Gallery remains closed. Access to the Stone and Golden Galleries is unaffected.
  • Children under 6 years of age are admitted free of charge and do not require a ticket (Children must be accompanied by an adult when visiting the galleries).
  • Family tickets are applicable for 1 adult and 2 or 3 children, or 2 adults and 2 or 3 children.
  • All advance tickets are available with a self-print option only. You will need access to a printer to print your admission tickets.
  • St Paul’s Cathedral offers complimentary entry for a visitor with a disability and an accompanying carer or necessary companion – these tickets should be requested on arrival.
Venue Information:
St Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD
Nearest Train Stations: Blackfriars, Cannon Street or London Bridge
Nearest Underground: Blackfriars
Public Bus Routes: 4, 11, 15, 23, 25, 26, 100, 242

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Activity Code : SCW
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