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.
In 2017 we welcomed almost 1.6 million people to St Paul’s – 780,000 joined us
in worship at no charge, or for concerts and events; and another 820,000 paid as sightseers.
At St Paul’s we receive very little government funding, which consists of grants for some projects, and as such, are fully responsible for
raising all the income needed to operate.
We are both an active working church with four services each and every day (five on a Sunday) and an extremely popular visitor destination for
people from all round the world.
With a busy staff to support a full schedule of services, concerts, recitals, debates and other events, and responsibility to maintain and
enhance one of the world’s most iconic buildings, asking sightseers to pay for entry is a vital part of our annual income. Without this we
would not be able to staff the building and galleries and be open for people to visit as they do. We offer discounts for online, family
and group tickets, and most tickets include a free guided tour and multimedia guides, access to the Galleries, Crypt, and any art
installations or special exhibitions. Tickets can be upgraded to annual passes at no extra cost for UK tax payers by Gift
Aiding the ticket, and the same benefit is available to non UK tax payers too.
However, we never have and never will charge for worship. All our services are free and we welcome all people. There is also a chapel set aside
for private prayer and contemplation throughout every day.