One of London’s most recognisable and historic buildings, St Paul’s Cathedral is an iconic feature of the London skyline.

Its dedication to Paul the Apostle dates back to the original church on this site, founded in AD 604.

Between AD 604 and 1600 the Cathedral has been destroyed and rebuilt many times.

The Great Fire of London

In the early hours of Sunday 2 September 1666, a small fire started at Thomas Farriner’s bakery in Pudding Lane. The fire quickly spread further into the City.

The fire raged for five days and nights destroying 13,200 houses, 87 churches, three City gates and 52 livery halls.

All in all, four-fifths of the City of London was in ruins.

Three days after the fire had started, the wooden scaffolding surrounding St Paul’s caught fire and a few hours later the cathedral was completely destroyed, taking with it thousands of treasures.

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The present cathedral, dating from the late 17th century, was designed in the English Baroque style by Sir Christopher Wren.

Its dome has dominated the skyline for over 300 years. At 365 feet (111 m) high, it was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1963. The dome remains among the highest in the world.

Go inside and enjoy the sheer splendour of this magnificent Cathedral. There are many different parts of the Cathedral to discover.

Be sure to have a go at the Whispering Gallery and check out the stunning City views from the Golden Gallery.


Enjoy the Great Fire of London trail which starts near St Paul’s Cathedral. This trail takes you around the path that the fire covered.

Discover the western part of the City on foot and start at Blackfriars Station. This City trail takes in all the highlights including St Paul’s Cathedral.

St Albans Way

The St Albans Way is a 35-mile walking route, starting from St Paul’s Cathedral and finishing at St Albans Cathedral in Hertfordshire.

The 35-mile walk is split up into 5 stages, so you can walk one section or more at a time that suits you. The route takes in historic landmarks and serene landscapes.

Cool Places to Explore: Museum of London | Millennium Bridge | Shakespeare’s Globe | Leadenhall Market | Smithfield Market | Borough Market | Tower Bridge.

Cool Places to Eat: The Eagle Farringdon.