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St Paul’s Cathedral

KidRated’s St Paul’s Top Tips:

  • Not for those who suffer from vertigo
  • Take the lift up the 6th floor of the One New Change shopping centre for a great view of the Cathedral and beyond
  • A fan of Sir Christopher Wren’s architecture? Visit the Old Royal Naval College

When you enter the iconic London landmark, you will realise that the architecture is not the only impressive part of St Paul’s Cathedral. Visitors can explore the cathedral further with the new touch-screen multimedia guide that is included in the admission price along with a guided tour so that you can discover the history behind this historic building.


The highlight of St Paul’s is climbing up the dome. The first stop is the Whispering Gallery, which can be reached by a lift and shows you a great view of the inside of St Paul’s. Next, climb up a spiral staircase to the Stone Gallery where you can see panoramic views of London. The final level, reached by a fairly scary spiral staircase is the Golden Gallery. The views are amazing but probably not worth the trouble if you have young children.


You can also venture down to the crypt, the resting place of many famous Britons such as Lord Admiral Nelson, the Duke of Wellington, and the cathedral’s architect himself – Sir Christopher Wren.


Visitors can also watch the award-winning 270° film experience, Oculus – an eye into St Paul’s Cathedral.


Why not make a day out of exploring this part of London. St Paul’s Cathedral is only a stone’s throw away from the Millennium Bridge. On the other side of the Thames, you will find Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern.

Booking Advice:

  • Buy Tickets Now for skip-the-queue admission
  • These tickets are cheaper than on the door
  • Check the service schedule




St. Paul’s Churchyard

Phone number:

+44 (0)20 7246 8350


Opening hours:

The cathedral is open to sightseers from Monday to Saturday between 08:30 - 16:30 (last admission 16:00). Please check the website for any changes to this schedule as there are planned closures during the year when hosting special services and events.

How to get there:

Nearest tube station: St Paul’s


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Parent Point of View

About London Laura Porter

Laura Porter

  • The family multimedia guide is great and means you can explore independently. Adults should take the family
    ​guide​ too so you can talk about it together.
  • Big kids will enjoy testing out the Whispering Gallery.
  • You can go to The Crypt without a ticket and there’s a cafe, shop and (most importantly) free toilets down there.
  • You can find loads more information by Laura Porter at 

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    1. Millie

      As long as you can survive the slightly terrifying wrought iron spiral staircases (don’t look down!), the view at the very top is fantastic. Crazy to think such an amazing and tall building was built so long ago.

    2. Kitty

      Took my two young boys to St Paul’s this February Half term, thought we’d be there for an hour or two max – 4 hours later I had to drag them out. The family audio tour is absolutely amazing and had even my boisterous 4 year old transfixed – especially the bits about the Blitz and the Great Fire of London. Climbed right to the top for great views of London – I’d highly recommend this for everyone, a surprise hit for me!

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