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
Lifelong learning is a core part of the our work, delivered through a variety of events by St Paul's Institute, and the
Cathedral's Adult Learning and Schools & Family Learning departments.
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.
It was on 7 June that the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s took place, as well as the Jubilee
procession in front of almost a million spectators and five million television viewers After the service the Queen broke with usual custom and took
a walk through London to see the people that had turned out to see her. The day was made a bank holiday and across the country communities joined
together for street parties, processions and fêtes. Following tradition, the Queen also lit a bonfire that would light a chain of beacons across
On 9 June the Queen journeyed up the Thames aboard the Royal Yacht Brittania on a river progress, and later, opened the Silver
Jubilee walkway which connects many of London’s landmarks.
In this Jubilee year the Queen toured much of Britain, and crucially, for the first time ventured abroad with the Duke of Edinburgh to visit every
country in the Commonwealth, which took the form of two separate tours. For the first leg in February, the Queen visited New Zealand, Australia,
Tonga, Western Samoa, Fiji and Papua New Guinea, then in October it was on to Canada and the Caribbean. The Queens Silver Jubilee was considered a
success with much of the country reveling in the celebrations, and the Queen herself surprised by the warm reception she received.
Discover more about St Paul's history on your visit