St Paul’s Cathedral has been here for over 1,400 years. It has been built and rebuilt five times, and always its main purpose has been as a
place of worship and prayer.
St Paul's, with its world-famous dome, is an iconic feature of the London skyline. Step inside and you can enjoy the Cathedral's awe-inspiring
interior, and uncover fascinating stories about its history.
Learning & Faith
Education is a core part of the Cathedral's work, delivered through a variety of events by St Paul's Forum, St Paul's Institute and the
Schools & Families department.
History & Collections
For more than 1,400 years, a Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has stood at the highest point in the City. The present Cathedral is the
masterpiece of Britain's most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren.
Behind the scenes, the cost of caring for St Paul's and continuing to deliver our central ministry and work is enormous and the generosity of
our supporters is critical.
Widely considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful buildings and a powerful symbol of the splendour of London, St Paul’s Cathedral is a
breathtaking events venue.
Deterioration to the surface of the Stone Gallery - that circles the lower part of the dome - has led to water damage inside the
Cathedral, significantly to the epic dome paintings of Sir James Thornhill which depict the life of Saint Paul.
Work on the Stone Gallery will begin for the third time on Monday 11 September. As access to the higher Golden Gallery requires access via the
Stone Gallery, this will be closed too.
We recognise temporary closures of any Cathedral space for maintenance can cause disappointment, but by carrying out this work we hope to further
preserve Wren's iconic masterpiece and ensure visitors will be able to enjoy unrivalled views over London once again and for many years to come.
The internal Whispering Gallery will remain open throughout the works and as well as access via the main staircase, visitors will also have
the opportunity to walk to the Gallery via an additional, little used route. This 'secret staircase' offers sight of some of the flying
buttresses Wren had designed to be kept hidden and views into the roof space above the quire in which WW2 bomb damage and repairs
are still visible.
This alternate route is via steep and narrow stairs and may not be suitable for all visitors.
All visitors will still be able to view the 270° virtual tour of the external Galleries and their views which plays in the Oculus film
experience in the Cathedral crypt.
Details of works are subject to change so please check for any further information before your visit.