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Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour
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Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour

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461 reviews
Highly recommended visit. The guide was very pleasant and the tour is very well structured. Highly recommended visit.
10 Javier Sarralde
  • English English
  • 1 hour 30 minutes

Discover the exceptional patrimony of the museum and the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, including the Chapel of La Corticela and the Codex Calixtinus.


Meet your guide in Calle Tras Salomé and head to Plaza del Obradoiro to firstly enjoy a guided tour of the Museum of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

Visit the Romanesque remains of the Cathedral of Santiago and delve into the fascinating past of this world-famous monument to the ninth century, period when the remains of St. James the Elder were found in Galicia. From then, the primitive Romanesque temple became more and more famous thanks to the Camino de Santiago.

The Jacobean route is still extremely popular. Discover some of the best kept secrets of this “camino” while you admire the works of art housed in the Museo de la Catedral. You will also learn about the Codex Calixtinus, a bibliographic gem, which they tried to steal once.

Next, embark on a guided tour of the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. Visit the famous Chapel of La Corticela, where you can contemplate a representation of the Adoration of the Wise Men.

Behind the High Altar, you can give a big hug to St. James’ sculpture, one of the main traditions in the Cathedral, as well as the botafumeiro. The origin of this last one was to try and make the church smell nice because after all the pilgrims visiting it.

This tour will come to an end at Plaza del Obradoiro, next to the west façade of the Cathedral.

Important information

  • Until further notice, it will not be possible to hug the statue of St. James as is tradition. Please also note that from the 28 January 2019, the Cathedral has been undergoing restoration works, blocking the pews in the central nave. The works do not obstruct the rest of the views of the building's magnificent art and architecture.

Covid-19 Measures

All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protection and safety, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. Specifically, the provider of this tour will apply the following measures:

  • The use of masks is obligatory. Masks will be given to those clients who do not have their own.
  • Alcohol gel will be available before, during, and after the service.
  • All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.
  • Handing out of printed material such as maps or brochures will be avoided.
  • The temperature and wellness of all those taking part in the service will be monitored daily, excluding and maintaining in quarantine any who display fever or symptoms.
  • The temperature of all attendees will be taken, and admission will be denied to those with a temperature of more than 37 degrees Celsius (99 Fahrenheit), and a full refund applied.
  • Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.
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Adults Children 5-12 years old Children under 5
US$ 16.90
US$ 4.50
  • Adults

    US$ 16.90
  • Children 5-12 years old

    US$ 4.50
  • Children under 5


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1 hour 30 minutes.

Language English

The tour includes an English speaking guide, but the tour can sometimes be carried out in two languages.


English speaking guide.

Entrance to the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral Museum.

Entrance to the Santiago Cathedral.

Not included

Visit the Portico of Glory.

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

You can book up until the previous day (1:00 PM local time) if there are still places available.


Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - Does the tour visit Portico de la Gloria?

    A - Podréis quedaros al final del tour This is not possible, as it has been seperated from the rest of the cathedral having reopened. To visit it, you need to line up, and every 15 minutes up to 25 people can access it. You can stay to see it at the end of the tour.

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

    Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?

    A - This activity requires a minimum of 2 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.

If you still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.


No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).

US$ 16.90
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 3 days before

Meeting point

Calle de Tras Salomé, 2.


Free! Free cancellation up to 3 days before the day of the activity. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.