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.
Suffragettes' fight for voting rights comes to St Paul's - 1913
On Wednesday, 7 May 1913, a Suffragette plot to blow up the Bishop's throne in St Paul's was narrowly foiled, after a Virger found a
bomb at the east end of the Cathedral.
The Daily Gazette of that
evening reported: "An enormous bomb, with a clock and battery attachment was discovered under the bishop's throne at the St Paul's Cathedral
today...The dean conducted evensong near the bishop's throne last evening, but neither he nor the verger then noticed the package or heard the
The Morning Post the following day, added: "There is no doubt in the minds of the authorities that the contrivance was designed and placed there by
someone associated with the militant Suffragist movement."
The Age, on
9 May used the headline "Suffragette Outrage" and reported on other acts of 'incendiarism' including the burning of a cricket pavilion in
The failed bomb at St Paul's came during a period when members of the Suffragette movement were turning to more extreme methods in their campaign
for women's rights. Low-level acts included the burning of post boxes and cutting telephone wires, while larger examples included the burning of
London houses and pavillions within Royal Parks. Items in the British Museum and National Gallery were also damaged.
1913 marked the beginning of the use of explosive devices. The holiday cottage of Chancellor of the Exchequer, David Lloyd-George, was damaged
(February 1913) as was the Coronation Throne within Westminster Abbey (June 1914).
Perhaps the most high-profile act of the Suffragette movement also took place in 1913, when Emily Davison threw herself under the King's horse
during the Epsom Derby. She was to die from her injuries.
The outbreak of WWI saw protest scaled back, but in 1918 the first women in the UK were given the right to vote, before in 1928, the Representation of the People Act saw women in the UK
receive the vote on the same terms as men.
Millions of women in the UK will cast their votes next month, but the fight for women's rights continues around the world. We continue
to think about those who struggle for equal representation.