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
Education is a core part of the Cathedral's work, delivered through a variety of events by St Paul's Forum, St Paul's Institute and the
Schools & Families department.
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.
Cast in 1878, the 12 change ringing bells which hang in the north west tower of St Paul's form the second largest ring of bells in the
Change ringing requires both physical and mental ability and it takes most ringers several years to become sufficiently skilled to ring on the
challenging bells of St Paul's. Each bell is given a number, from 1 - 12, and a change is a sequence of these numbers where each bell
rings once. The order or sequence is changed and each bell rings again. The smallest 'treble' bell weighs just over eight
hundredweights, while the largest 'tenor' bell weighs over three tons (61 cwt). The St Paul's ring is in the key of B flat.
9.45 - 10.15am | 11 - 11.30am | 2.40 - 3.15pm
Also in the north west tower is the original service bell - 'The Banger' - which is still rung the 8am Eucharist.
Great Paul and the Clock Bells
The south west tower houses Great Paul, the largest bell ever cast in the British Isles, which weighs 16½ tons. Sadly, Great Paul has
not sounded for several years because of a broken chiming mechanism.
There are also three clock bells. The largest, Great Tom weighs over 5 tons, and as well as striking the hours, is
tolled on the death of senior members of the Royal Family, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishop of London, the Dean of St Paul's or the
Lord Mayor of London.