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.
St Paul’s Cathedral was built on an epic scale and with absolute attention to detail. These are qualities deeply embodied in its
In 1694 a contract was signed with eminent German organ builder, Bernard Smith, to supply an organ for the new Cathedral. The 27-stop,
three-manual, no-pedal instrument was placed on a screen in the quire.
The organ remained relatively unaltered until, in the 1870s, Henry ‘Father’ Willis completed an essentially new instrument. The original
Wren case was boldly divided in half and placed against the pillars on either side of the quire. At considerable risk to his own
reputation, Willis had constructed something of a musical and visual coup de théatre in one of the most important ecclesiastical
buildings in the world.
Further alterations and reconstructions have been made by Henry Willis III (1930s), N P Mander Ltd (1970s) and Mander Organs Ltd (2000s).
A second, mobile console has also been provided. The two consoles are identical - each of 137 drawstops and 140 controls. The operating
system needed to make this set-up work utilises the same technology as the NASA space shuttle programme and the International Space
But what of the instrument’s ability to make music? Like the building in which it finds itself, the organ is capable of the big and the
small and finds a unity in its very diversity. Former St Paul's Organist, John Scott, describes the Grand Organ as having a “chameleon-like
character”, but above all else, it is capable of making the most incredible music.
The Cathedral has three other organs, the 'Willis on Wheels', Continuo 'Chamber' Organ and OBE Chapel