St Paul’s Cathedral to open its ‘secret’ 300-year-old library to visitors for a fee of £7.

Reimagine Your Stay at St Paul’s Cathedral for World Book Day

Experience a truly unique opportunity to dive deep into the history of a London landmark during a once-in-a-lifetime overnight stay at St Paul’s Cathedral. To celebrate World Book Day, the cathedral is granting special access to its hidden library, offering a remarkable twist to traditional bedtime reading.

On the night of 15th March, two lucky guests will have the unprecedented chance to spend the night in the “secret” room within the historic walls of St Paul’s. This remarkable event marks the first time since World War II that individuals will officially stay overnight at the cathedral, reminiscent of the time when it was safeguarded by volunteers during bombing raids.

Upon arrival, guests will enter through the dean’s door and ascend the spiral staircase, a marvel designed by the renowned English architect Sir Christopher Wren over three centuries ago. At the peak of the staircase lies the meticulously restored library, established in 1709, housing a rare assortment of over 22,000 written works. The collection spans from medieval manuscripts to books from the early days of printing, all the way to forthcoming releases.

The stay package includes a warm welcome by the dean, an exclusive tour of the cathedral, and a delightful dinner at a nearby restaurant. The following morning, guests will be treated to signed and stamped copies of unreleased books, such as Holly Jackson’s “The Reappearance of Rachel Price” and John Grisham’s “Camino Ghosts”. As a grand finale, visitors will ascend to the iconic dome to conclude their extraordinary stay at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Sandra Lynes Timbrell, the cathedral’s director of visitor engagement, expressed, “The recently restored library at St Paul’s has long been a secret gem of the cathedral – cleverly concealed by the ingenious architecture of Sir Christopher Wren. Some very fortunate guests will now get the chance to delve deeper into the history and wonder of St Paul’s with this truly one-of-a-kind stay.”

This remarkable experience is available for £7 per night and can be booked through Airbnb, with booking requests set to open on 12th March at 10am.

Be part of this exclusive opportunity to create unforgettable memories at the heart of London’s history. From hidden literary treasures to architectural wonders, this experience promises a journey through time and knowledge, curated for the avid reader and history enthusiast in you.

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