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.
A dome with a view - St Paul's galleries re-open for Easter
28 March 2013
After three months of repair work to many hundreds of steps, the two external galleries on the dome of St
Paul's will re-open this weekend.
Closed since the beginning of 2013, both the Stone Gallery and Golden Gallery will re-open on Saturday (30 March), allowing visitors to
once again experience the finest views in the City of London.
The 360° viewing platforms on both levels allow stunning views over London and its many famous landmarks, including Tower Bridge, The
Globe Theatre, The Shard, The London Eye and Buckingham Palace. On clear days, visitors can also enjoy views of the Wembley Arch and
The repair work marks the end of a project to replace many of the hundreds of steps leading up and down, worn away over time by the
tens-of-thousands of visitors who have made the 528-step ascent to the Golden Gallery, 85 metres above street level.
In 2012, specialist photographer Henry Stuart took two 'gigapixel' images from the Golden Gallery, one at sunrise and the other at sunset.
These images allow users to experience full view from the top in stunning detail.
Click to view sunrise over the City
Click to view sunset over the City
Henry Stuart is no stranger to St Paul’s Cathedral, having taken a GigaPixel image of the interior of
the Cathedral in 2011 – the largest image ever taken inside a cathedral. And the chance to capture the view from the Dome was one which
Henry couldn’t resist.
He said: "Ever since I first went to the top of St Paul’s I had always wanted to capture this amazing view.
"The real beauty of St Paul’s isn’t just its location, right in the heart of London, but its height is perfect – tall enough to see for
miles in all directions but not so tall that you lose a sense of depth in the rooftops of the buildings. There really is no finer view in