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.
‘Holistic and thoughtful’ work scoops top architectural award for St Paul’s
25 June 2012
The Tercentenary programme of care and repair to St Paul’s has been recognised by the country’s foremost
professional body for architects.
At the annual Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) awards ceremony, St Paul’s scooped the English Heritage Award for Sustaining the
Historic Environment, for a programme of work which included major external stonework repair and cleaning, the complete cleaning of the
interior, an overhaul of the cathedral’s south churchyard, the opening up of the crypt and work to Wren’s geometric staircase.
The work, which coincided with the 300th anniversary of the building of St Paul’s, was also rewarded with a RIBA London regional
The English Heritage award citation states: "Here the approach is based on painstaking research and covers the cleaning and restoration of the
interior and exterior, the removal of many 20th century accretions, the opening up of the crypt and the subtle integration of accessibility
requirements. This holistic and thoughtful approach to the care of an important building sets new benchmarks in the conservation of our
The ten-year programme of work cost in excess of £40,000,000 which was raised by the St Paul’s Cathedral Foundation between 2000-8 from private
individuals, grant-making trusts and foundations, City business and livery companies.
The works scheme was devised by the cathedral’s former Surveyor to the Fabric, Martin Stancliffe. The main contractor on the
majority of the projects was the cathedral’s own Works Department.
Martin Stancliffe said: "It is a great honour to win this special RIBA English Heritage Sustaining the Historic Environment Award. It is the
highest award of its kind, and it recognises 20 years of work to which a great number of people have contributed a remarkable variety of
skills; and foremost among these is the St Paul’s Works Department. It has been a huge team achievement, which it has been a privilege to