St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral
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A Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has overlooked the City of London since 604AD, a constant reminder to this great commercial centre of the importance of the spiritual side of life.

The current Cathedral – the fourth to occupy this site – was designed by the court architect Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1675 and 1710 after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London. Its architectural and artistic importance reflect the determination of the five monarchs who oversaw its building that London’s leading church should be as beautiful and imposing as their private palaces.

Since the first service took place here in 1697, Wren's masterpiece has been where people and events of overwhelming importance to the country have been celebrated, mourned and commemorated. Throughout, St Paul’s has remained a busy, working church where millions have come to worship and find peace. It is a heritage site of international importance which attracts thousands of people each year, a symbol of the City and Nation it serves and, above all, a lasting monument to the glory of God.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Sacred space

Opening hours

Monday - Saturday, 08.30 - 16.00
Please note, special services and events may close all or part of the Cathedral - sometimes at short notice.
On Sundays the Cathedral is open for services only.

Admission charges

Adults (18+yrs) £18
Concessions (Students & Seniors) £16
Children (6-17yrs) £8
Family Ticket
(2 Adults + 2 Children) Children (6-17yrs) £44.00

Collection details

Social History, Religion, Music, Fine Art, Design, Decorative and Applied Art, Architecture

Key artists and exhibits

  • Christopher Wren
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Building the Building: The Science of St Paul's

A booklet which examines some of the things Sir Christopher Wren had to think about when he designed St Paul's Cathedral. In particular, it considers gravity and the importance of arches and foundations, and the materials selected for the building.

How to obtain

Visit the website to download this 12 page booklet.

Materials and Technology Trail

A self-guided trail for Key Stage 2 and 3 which examines some of the many natural and manmade materials found in St Paul's, including different kinds of rock. It also encourages pupils to think about some of the difficulties experienced by the maintenance team today.

How to obtain

Download this free booklet from the website.

St Paul's and the Great Fire of London

A self-guided trail which encourages pupils to look for clues to the Great Fire in the Crypt and on the Cathedral floor, and to answer questions about what they can see. Allow at least 45 minutes for the whole trail.

How to obtain

Visit the website to download the booklet for free.

What is a Cathedral?

A booklet written to explain the symbolism and religious history of key features of a cathedral. From the layout of the building to the symbolism of church furniture, this photocopiable resource is an invaluable aid for the interpretation of St Paul's and other cathedrals and churches. It can be used to prepare your Key Stage 2 or 3 group for their visit, or to build on what they have learned.

How to obtain

22 page booklet available to download for free from the website.

St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul's Churchyard
City of London



General enquiries


Recorded information line

020 7236 4128

Chapter House Reception (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)

020 7246 8350

Press Office (including filming/photography enquiries)

020 7246 8321

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