The Great Fire of London

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Temporary closure of Stone and Golden Galleries
7:30am Morning Prayer
8:00am Eucharist
8:30am Doors open for sightseeing
12:30pm Eucharist
4:00pm Last entry for sightseeing
5:00pm Sung Eucharist

The Great Fire of London

Activities & events for the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London 1666

The year 1666 was catastrophic for London and St Paul’s Cathedral.

On Tuesday 4 September, a combination of factors caused the building to burn with great ferocity. The catastrophic blaze consumed the cathedral which had stood at the heart of London life for over five hundred years. Tens of thousands around the city were made homeless. 

As smoke rose from the ruins, Londoners considered how to rebuild their city - and bring their cathedral back to use. Designs were submitted and Christopher Wren emerged as the man to help St Paul's rise like a phoenix from the devastation.


A programme of walks, talks and tours, special sermons & debates to mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London is taking place at St Paul’s until April 2017.

Visitors of all ages can learn about the colourful life of one of London's great lost buildings:

•    Join a Fire Tour and hear how raging fire made the Cathedral stones “explode like grenades”.

•    Follow our Family Trail to learn fun fire facts and earn a Flame the Phoenix badge.

•    See objects that survived the flames at our Great Fire Exhibition.

•    Come along on a Triforium Tour to see designs which introduced a radical new architecture to the capital.

Read a feature about relics from the pre-Fire Cathedral

Read about and see inside the Great Model

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