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.
The vast Gothic Cathedral that saw the Reformation of the 16th century was to meet its end in the Great Fire of 1666. The new Cathedral
which we know today became the first post-Reformation Cathedral built in England and bears many of the architectural and design hallmarks of
this new era.
Sketch some of Wren's exquisite Reformation architecture - pencils and paper provided
Photograph the interior of one of the world's most famous churches
See Sir James Thornhill's muted post-Reformation dome paintings from the Whispering Gallery
See a display of mosaics - 'Radicals and Reformers' - made by students of the South Bank School of Mosaic will be on display,
accompanied by new poetry from young poets.
Visitors can also see where some of the nation's most famous heroes and artists are buried, gaze at the intricate Victorian
mosaics, and simply take-in the breathtaking calm of the vast Cathedral.
For these special evenings, as well as allowing photography we will be actively encouraging people to sketch some of the Cathedral's details.
Pencils and paper will be available on the evening - but of course you can bring your own. There will also be the opportunity to have your
sketches photographed and featured on the Cathedral's digital channels.
For those Londoners who relish the opportunity to be tourists in their own city, touch screen multimedia guides packed with pictures,
commentary and archive footage are included in nine languages.
For our younger visitors there are also four family trails packed with fun facts and opportunities to find things, write creatively and draw
Throughout the evenings, drinks and light food will be available in the crypt cafe and the Cathedral shop will be open, offering a range of
gifts and mementos.
- Tickets also available at the door on the evening
- Full bag searches will be in operation so please travel as lightly as possible and don't bring any item larger than typical airline cabin
- Non-commercial hand-held photography only permitted - no tripods
- For sketching please only bring pencils. No ink, watercolours or oils.
- Tickets or passes issued by the Cathedral's trade partners - including London Pass - as well as any current offers cannot be used for
entry to the Lates
- Annual Pass holders and Friends of St Paul's receive free entry