To mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, the lights will recreate the famous V shape as on 8 May 1945.
For three nights from Friday 8 - Sunday 10 May the lights will project from the south side of the Cathedral.
The Bell Ringers at St Paul’s will also mark the occasion by ringing a quarter peal of 1270 changes of Stedman Cinques on Saturday 9 May beginning at 11am.
- Fast Track entry
- Access to all 5 levels of the cathedral (cathedral floor, crypt, Whispering, Stone and Golden Galleries)
- Touch screen multimedia guides
- Option to join onto guided tours and welcome talks upon arrival
- Oculus, 270° film experience
St Paul's Cathedral - Sir Christopher Wren's iconic masterpiece sees it's 300th anniversary with the end of a 15 year £40m clean and repair programme. It is a spiritual centre in the heart of London and visited by millions every year from around the world. Sightseeing tickets are available to book for Mondays to Saturdays. On Sundays, St Pauls is open for worship only.
Standard tickets from 365 include discount and should simply be presented at the pre-paid entrance on arrival at the Cathedral.
For changes to opening times see 'More Information'...
Why not combine your visit to St Paul's Cathedral with other famous attractions and activities in London such as Kensington Palace or a Thames Cruise.
St Paul’s Cathedral, whose dome dominates London’s skyline, is England’s architectural masterpiece and place of national celebration. The cathedral was designed by the famed architect Sir Christopher Wren, after the Great Fire of London in 1666 destroyed its predecessor. The cathedral took 35 years to build from 1675 – 1710, spanning the lives of five monarchs and was the first cathedral to have been built and completed in its architect’s lifetime.
St Paul’s Cathedral is where people and events of overwhelming national significance have been celebrated, mourned or commemorated. From state funerals for British heroes such as Sir Winston Churchill, to the Royal Wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer, and National Services of Thanksgiving to celebrate the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilee’s of Her Majesty the Queen.
IPod touch-screen multimedia guides in 11 languages are included for sightseers offering up to 90 minutes of audio commentary, videos and imagery for a self guided tour. Tours led by cathedral guides are also offered, usually starting at 10.00, 11.00, 13.00 & 14.00 and last for 90 minutes; visitors should register to join a tour once inside the cathedral.
Explore the cathedral floor then visit the Whispering Gallery to test the unique acoustics. Climb further to the Stone and Golden Galleries, which afford breathtaking panoramic views across the city.
Descend to the crypt which houses tombs and memorials to famous Britons such as Admiral Lord Nelson, The Duke of Wellington and Wren himself. Visitors can enjoy the award winning video exhibition located here; ‘Oculus: an eye into St Paul’s’ is a 270° HD film experience that brings the 1400 years of the cathedral’s history to life. The films offer visitors a unique insight into the history of the site and St Paul’s as a vibrant working church.
This Is Not Me, is a month-long exhibition of artwork from the unique perspective of people with an acquired brain injury, organised by the Acquired Brain Injury Forum for London (ABIL).
Running from January 27 to February 26 for all sightseeing visitors to view during their visit, the exciting exhibition in the Cathedral's Minor Canons' Aisle portrays the reality of living with an acquired brain injury and challenges the perceptions of this 'hidden injury'. The 20 works on display have been created by people with a range of acquired brain injuries who are learning to come to terms with changes in their lives, sometimes having to ‘get to know’ themselves and their place in society all over again. Their experience provides a unique lens on the universal themes of alienation, trauma, loss, identity and acceptance.
St Paul’s to host service of commemoration to mark combat operations in Afghanistan
The service, to be held on Friday 13 March at 11am, followed by a parade of personnel from St Paul's to Guildhall, was announced to a packed House of Commons by the Prime Minister.
Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, will join veterans; next of kin of deceased service personnel; senior members of government and military; representatives from Army, Navy, Air Force and other nations who formed part of the NATO-led force; government and non-government organisations; and industries which contributed to the UK's efforts across Afghanistan from 2001 - 2014. Representatives of the Afghan nation will also be present, together with leaders of world faiths.
The service will remember those who have died and are injured, as well as all who served in Afghanistan, and prayers will also be offered for the people of Afghanistan who have also died or suffered in the conflict. The service will be broadcast live on BBC1.
Dates & Times
St Paul’s Cathedral Closures September 2015 to December 2015
Please note that the cathedral is not open for sightseeing on Sundays.
- The cathedral opens for sightseeing at 08.30 Monday to Saturday.
- Last admission to the cathedral is at 16.00.
- Once inside the cathedral, access to the Whispering Stone and Golden Galleries is from 09.30 – 16.15.
- The cathedral closes for sightseeing at 16.30.
- The café, restaurant and shop close at 17.00.
September 15th - Cathedral closed all morning; expected to open for sightseeing 13.00.
September 17th - Cathedral to open for sightseeing 10.15. Galleries open 10.30.
September 29th - Cathedral closed all morning; expected to open for sightseeing 14.00. Café and shop open as normal.
September 30th - Last admission for sightseeing 15.30. Last admission to galleries 15.45. Café and shop to close at 16.30.
October 7th - Last admission for sightseeing 15.30. Last admission to galleries 15.45. Café and shop open as normal.
October 8th - Last admission for sightseeing 11.30. Last admission to galleries 11.45 Cathedral floor to be clear of visitors 13.00. Café and shop open as normal.
October 14th - Last admission for sightseeing 12.00. Last admission to galleries 12.15 Cathedral floor to be clear of visitors 13.30. Café and shop close at 14.30.
October 22nd - Cathedral closed all morning; expected to open for sightseeing at 13.00.
November 7th - Last admission for sightseeing 14.30. Last admission to galleries 14.45. Cathedral floor clear of visitors at 15.30. Café and shop remain open.
November 10th - Last admission for sightseeing 15.00. Last admission to galleries 15.15. Café and shop open as normal.
November 18th - Cathedral closed all morning; expected to open for sightseeing at 13.00. Café and shop open as normal.
November 26th - Cathedral closed all morning; expected to open for sightseeing at 13.00.
December 2nd - Last admission for sightseeing 15.15. Last admission to galleries 15.30. Cathedral floor to be clear of visitors 16.30.
December 11th - Last admission for sightseeing 15.30. Last admission to galleries 15.45.
December 12th - Last admission for sightseeing 14.45. Last admission to galleries 15.00. Cathedral floor to be clear of visitors at 16.00.
December 15th - Last admission for sightseeing 14.00. Last admission to galleries 14.15. Cathedral floor to be clear of visitors at 15.00.
December 17th - Last admission for sightseeing 15.00. Last admission to galleries 15.15. Cathedral floor to be clear of visitors at 16.30.
December 19th - Cathedral floor closed all morning. Expected to open for sightseeing at 13.00. Café and shop remain open as normal.
December 21st - Normal sightseeing hours but Café and shop to close at 16.30.
December 23rd - Last admission for sightseeing 13.15. Last admission to galleries 13.30. Cathedral floor to be clear of visitors at 14.15.
December 24th - Last admission for sightseeing 13.15. Last admission to galleries 13.30. Cathedral floor to be clear of visitors at 14.15.
December 25th - Cathedral closed for sightseeing all day. Open for prayer and worship only.
December 26th - Cathedral to open for sightseeing at 09.00.
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