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

Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour

  • English English
  • 1.5 hours

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

Itinerary

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 a little better because of 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

  • Hugging St. James’s sculpture is only available when there are very few visitors in the Cathedral. If the queues are very long, you can stay at the end of the tour to continue exploring the Cathedral at your own leisure.  
  • Please note: 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.

Price

Adults Children 5-12 years old Children under 5
US$ 16.80
US$ 4.50
Free
  • Adults

    US$ 16.8
  • Children 5-12 years old

    US$ 4.5
  • Children under 5

    Free

More Information

Duration

1.5 hours

Language English

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

Included

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.

Ticket

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.

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.

Accessibility

No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).

US$ 16.80
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 3 days before

Meeting point

Calle de Tras Salomé, 2.

Cancellations

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.
When the minimum number of participants (2) is not reached, we will contact you to offer you other alternatives.

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