St Paul’s Cathedral is the cathedral of the Bishop of London and features a historic example of English baroque architecture. Sir Christopher Wren designed the iconic cathedral, which replaced the Old St Paul’s Cathedral, an earlier Gothic structure that was destroyed by the Great Fire of London and served as an important part of medieval and early modern London.

Each year, nearly 2 million people visit St Paul’s Cathedral to see the architecture and explore the remnants of the early cathedral, including St Paul’s Churchyard, St Paul’s Cross and the Paul’s Walk. Visitors typically spend about 2 hours at the landmark.

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Highlights of St Paul’s Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral hosts 4 or 5 services each day, including the Choral Evensong, Matins and Eucharist, and serves important functions with the City of London. As the largest church in the city, it’s been integral to prestigious services like the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

For tourism, the cathedral is open to visitors and offers regular performances and organ recitals. When you visit, you’ll see the original baroque style that was common in English medieval cathedrals. The dome, arguably the most impressive and recognisable aspect of the cathedral, rises 111 metres into the air and features a cross at the summit.

Good to know when visiting St Paul’s Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral is free for worship, but sightseeing requires a ticket. The ticket can be purchased onsite or online in advance to see the cathedral outside of service times. On Sundays, the cathedral is open for services and concerts, but not for sightseeing.

After visiting St Paul’s Cathedral, you can see some of London’s other premier attractions in the area. You can take a ride on the London Eye, an iconic observation wheel with sweeping views of the city, or tour the British Museum, a museum filled with historic treasures collected by a historian.

St Paul's Cathedral in London

Location: St. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD, UK

Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 4.30 pm (closed on Sundays)

Phone: +44 (0)2072 468350