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.
50 budding authors from Year 5 at St John’s Highbury Vale and St Mary’s Islington, both Church of England primary schools, listened intently as
both authors discussed their work, told how they became writers and what inspires them, and revealed how they go about actually writing a story
The groups then toured the Cathedral, looking at the history of the building, its art, and how it acts as a place of
worship. They got to find out about and touch monuments and tombs, discover beautiful spaces such as the quire and soak up the amazing
atmosphere of the Cathedral’s dome.
After the tour, the young writers then got a chance to put pen to paper themselves to write either a short story or poem, all under watchful
eye of their author mentors. During some fast paced, fun filled classroom workshop sessions, the children learned about the craft of writing
stories as well as finding out how the authors hatched their plots and developed characters.
Janet Marshall, Head of the Schools & Families department, said: "We wanted to offer a unique day of exploration, fun and learning and we
are delighted that Hachette could offer us two successful children’s writers to spend a day each at the Cathedral.
"These were two wonderful days.The enthusiasm and ideas children came up with were phenomenal. It is wonderful to see how children can respond
to our wonderful sacred space and rise to a challenge such as this.The children have taken their stories away to finish and I can’t wait to