This is a sponsored article on behalf of St Paul's Cathedral.
One of London's best days out has just got even better — right in time for the summer holidays. From now until 4 September kids can explore the world-famous St Paul's Cathedral for free and enjoy a raft of new family-friendly activities.
Thanks to this new offer, one full paying adult or concession can bring up to three children under the age of 18 to see this 346-year-old architectural marvel at no additional cost. The offer also applies to disabled visitors and NHS staff, who get free entry themselves. What's more, because the city is quieter at the moment, you and your young ones are free to discover the Cathedral's hidden gems at a lovely, leisurely pace.
Want the inside scoop on the Cathedral's most special nooks and crannies? Join one of the drop-in family tours, which run every weekday throughout August.
For the first two weeks of the month, the tour's tailored to the under-7s and includes a retelling of the Creation story through mosaics, followed by an expedition around St Paul's Cathedral in search of the many animals that hide in plain sight.
After that, it's the older kids' turn. Most suitable for 7-12-year-olds, this tour will reveal secret features like the spectacular wood carving inside the Cathedral's Quire, as well as the spellbinding Geometric Staircase, which you might recognise from a major blockbuster about a certain boy wizard (yes, we're talking Harry Potter).
On top of the tours, St Paul's has also set up a new Family Zone inspired by its 2021 theme of Creation, Craft, and Creativity.
Here, kids can explore their arty side with craft activities that they can take home with them and travel back in time with the help of a costumed storyteller, and browse a selection of family trails and educational films — all for free.
Other activities include the chance to see some exquisite examples of embroidery from the Cathedral's collection, as well as a chance to watch the in-house Broderers demonstrate their incredible skills. Creation, Craft and Creativity: Embroidery Treasures runs every Friday throughout August, 1pm-4pm.
You're also invited to head to the Crypt to check out The Great Restoration of the 1920s, an ongoing exhibition about the extraordinary fight to save St Paul's Cathedral during the first half of the 20th century (spoiler alert: it has a happy ending).
Whether you've got kids in tow or not, with fewer international tourists in the city this year, now's the perfect time to get closer to this iconic London landmark.
Grab your tickets via the St Paul's Cathedral website (advance booking is recommended, but not compulsory). Bringing your little ones with you? Simply select an Adult ticket and enter the code KGF2021 at checkout to get them free admission.
St Paul's Cathedral is open for sightseeing 12pm-4.30pm from Monday to Friday (last entry 4pm, and 10am-4.30pm on Saturdays (last entry 4pm). Adult tickets cost £17 and include the option to bring up to three children with you for free — enter code KGF2021 at checkout to redeem.