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.
The Cathedral is open for Private Prayer on Friday 9th April from Midday to 3.30pm but capacity is severely limited owing to
current Covid restrictions. A special Choral Evensong will be broadcast on Saturday 10th April at 5.00pm on BBC Radio 3. Owing to
current restrictions there is no public attendance at this special Choral Evensong, and in order to facilitate this service the
Cathedral will be closed on Saturday 10th April 2021.
Following the lifting of London’s Major Incident status, the Chapter of St Paul’s is pleased to announce that the Cathedral has
reopened for public and private prayer. Service times and private prayer opening varies – please check the
Cathedral calendar page for further information. This decision will be reviewed regularly as we closely monitor the situation, and we
hope to reopen for sightseeing when it is safe to do so. This will be no earlier than 17th May 2021 as per government
At the heart of the life of St Paul’s Cathedral is the daily pattern of prayer and worship. This daily rhythm of prayer forms the framework
of all that we do.
We begin and end the day with prayer. Then at each hour our doors are open we invite our visitors and pilgrims to join in the Lord’s
Prayer, in their own language, as they pause. Music is integral to the worshipping and educational life of the Cathedral, with a number of
our services sung by the Cathedral Choir or visiting choirs from around the world.
All services are free to enter, with no booking required unless specified – please see the service schedule for details.
Full and detailed information about services including music, preachers and readings. Downloadable as pdf files