How to See St Paul's Cathedral for Free

Tips on visiting London's iconic cathedral without buying a ticket

St Paul's Cathedral
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Designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the late 17th century, St. Paul's Cathedral is one of London's most iconic buildings. While admission includes access to the cathedral floor, crypt, the three galleries in the dome and a multimedia guide, tickets can cost as much as £18 per person, making it a pricey option for families and groups. 

Consider one of the options below if you're short on money, time or both:

Option 1: St. Dunstan's Chapel

Head up the cathedral's main steps, and enter on the left-hand side. Inside you'll find the line to buy tickets but keep to the left and you can enter St. Dunstan's Chapel for free at any time. This is open for prayers all day but is well-frequented by visitors too. The chapel was consecrated in 1699 and is named for St Dunstan, a Bishop of London who became Archbishop of Canterbury in 959. 

Option 2: Visit the Crypt Area

The Churchill screen/gates divide the refectory and the crypt so can be seen for free when visiting the cafe/shop/restrooms. The crypt is the largest of its kind in Europe and is the final resting place of a number of prolific Brits including Admiral Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and Sir Christopher Wren himself.

Option 3: Attend a Service

It should be remembered that St Paul's is a place of Worship first, and a tourist attraction after that.

There are services every day in the cathedral and all are welcome to attend.

Daily Services

  • Matins is said at 7:30 a.m. 
  • Holy Communion is celebrated at 8 a.m. and 12.30 p.m.
  • Choral Evensong is sung at 5 p.m.

Sunday Services

  • 8 a.m. Holy Communion
  • 10:15 a.m. Matins
  • 11:30 a.m. Sung Eucharist
  • 3:15 p.m. Evensong
  • 6 p.m. Evening Service

N.B. These times are subject to change. See the official website for confirmation.