Frequency:Buses run every 20 minutes
Departure point: You can join the tour from any of our touristic bus stops. Each of our stops will be clearly signposted Golden Tours Hop on Hop Off/London Tour Bus.
Audio guide languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, Hindi, Japanese and Arabic.
August 2022: Open Daily.
Wednesday to Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday).
The View from The Shard, Joiner Street, London Bridge, London, SE1
Nearest Underground and Train Station: London Bridge
Closed on 25th December
1st February until further notice
Monday to Saturday
8.30am to 4.30pm (last entry 4pm), expect Wednesdays the Cathedral opens at 10am.
Dome Galleries open daily, last entry 4.15pm.
St Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD
Nearest Train Stations: Blackfriars, Cannon Street or London Bridge
Nearest Underground: St Pauls Public Bus Routes: 4, 11, 15, 23, 25, 26, 100, 242
Special services and events may mean that all or part of the Cathedral are closed either in advance or short notice, Please check closures here.
Complementary one way ticket with 24hrs or complementary return ticket with 48hrs bus ticket.
Operated by Thames River Sightseeing.
Boats leave every 30 minutes from: Westminster to Tower Bridge Quay or Greenwich or vice versa
Your ticket will be valid for one way journey only and not for a return trip.
Your one way boat ride ticket is valid from:
-Westminster to Tower Bridge Quay or vice versa.
-Westminster to Greenwich or vice versa.
-Tower Bridge Quay to Greenwich or vice versa.
Click here to see the route map & timetable.
Open All Year except 24, 25, 26 December and 1st January.
The Hop-on hop-off bus ticket can only be used on one calendar day.
Buses depart every 15 mins on the red route and every 30 mins on the orange route.
Various major events take place in London - these may cause route changes and/or disruptions. These events can take place at short notice.
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.
The Whispering Gallery at St Paul’s Cathedral is temporarily closed until further notice
London Hop on Hop off bus tour
This super convenient hop-on hop-off bus ticket is ideal for visitors who want to see as much of the city as they can! Valid for for either an entire working day, 24 hours or 48 hours, across all Golden Tours routes, this handy ticket lets you explore the city of London from the comfort of our open top buses. Spend the whole day exploring the capital, jumping on and off at your leisure or whenever you pass something interesting. See landmarks and attractions such as The London Eye, the Tower of London, Trafalgar Square and Big Ben and Piccadilly Circus.
Each bus has an informative and entertaining live English guide or audio guides in eleven languages. The open upper deck is the best way to immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of this glorious city.
St Paul's Cathedral Tickets
Dedicated to Paul the Apostle, there has been a Cathedral on the same site since 604 AD, created in its present form by Sir Christopher Wren in the 17th century after the Great Fire of London.
Dominating the London skyline for 300 years, St Pauls Cathedral has seen many historic events including the wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, and is the final resting place for multiple prominent figures from history including Admiral Lord Nelson, and Sir Christopher Wren himself.
Walk under the instantly recognisable Dome which stands at 365 metres, one for every day of the year, notice that the floor plan of the entire building is in the shape of a cross, and just marvel at the stunning feat of engineering and architecture. Wander through the Golden Gallery, The Stone Gallery and ‘Great Paul’, the 16 ½ tonne bell in the South West tower.
New exhibition coming soon - St Paul’s, the Monarch and the Changing World (25th May 2022 to mid-December 2022)
June 2022 sees the historic celebration of HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, including a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral.
To mark this unique event, our exhibition St Paul’s, the Monarch and the Changing World explores the grand ceremonial occasions held at the Cathedral to commemorate the Royal Jubilees of four British monarchs: George III, Victoria, George V and Elizabeth II
These Jubilee celebrations weave a thread of continuity through the social, political and technological changes in Britain over the past 200 years, and this fascinating exhibition introduces each monarch, their world, and the important part St Paul’s played in them all.
With a wealth of material from our archives, we will tell these rich stories alongside photographs, prints and paintings, and treasures from our collection including remarkable, historic vestments for these magnificent occasions.
Access to the exhibition is free with sightseeing admission and it will be located at The Crypt.
The View from The Shard
Experience the incredible sights from the viewing platform at The Shard, standing at twice the height of any other viewing platform in the city. The stunning views of the world’s greatest city span an unbelievable 40 mile (64km) radius, standing at an impressive 1,016ft or 310 metres high.The lift travels at six metres per second, meaning you travel from Level 1 to Level 68 in about 60 seconds! The main viewing gallery on Level 69 is a spectacular three storeys high, flooded with light in the daytime and the perfect place to see the glittering lights of London at night.For an even higher experience, venture to the partially outdoor viewing gallery on Level 72. Exposing yourself to the elements at this breathtaking height; you’ll be surrounded by the famous ‘shards’ of glass that form the top of The Shard.
You can use any of the routes available:
Click here to see Hop on Hop off map and timetable.
Free Boat Ride available with the 24hrs Hop on Hop off bus tour:
Enjoy an enthralling sightseeing cruise along the heart of London’s River Thames with this boat ride. Departing from Westminster taking you to either Tower Bridge Quay or Greenwich, or vice versa, you’ll get to soak in panoramic views of the capital’s most iconic landmarks for a sightseeing experience like no other! Discover fascinating facts as you cruise with live commentary from the captain and audio guides available via your Smartphone in Spanish, Chinese, English, French, German and Italian.
Click here to see the timetable & route map