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.
Everything at St Paul's, both outside and inside, requires regular care and attention to help maintain the Cathedral's rich
The fabric of St Paul’s - most notably the great white blocks of Portland stone from which it is built - have helped Wren’s great church gain the
iconic status it has today. Parts of the building exposed to the elements are in need of care - in just the last year we have started to repair the
roofs and stone balustrades - a two-year task involving 1,500ft of copings, 300 stone balusters and 15,000 square feet of lead. The benefits of
this work will still be felt by generations to come, meaning St Paul's will remain a constant in an ever-changing city.
St Paul's is no dusty attic of forgotten or unwanted artefacts; each has a story to tell, whether it’s a fragile piece of mosaic in need of repair,
part of the high altar bombed in WW2 or stones from the pre-fire Old St Paul’s. We sincerely hope that many of you who love St Paul's can also to
give your support to the conservation of these priceless collections.
As part of the Cathedral's current strategy we will renovate Wren's great library so that it can be more widely opened to the public, while
maintaining its current role as an archive and place of scholarship. We will also create an exhibition to display our greatest treasures, including
the 1526 William Tyndale Bible, our medieval manuscripts, and artefacts from our amazing collections.