St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral
4.5
Historic SitesChurches & Cathedrals
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
St Paul's Anglican Cathedral is a beautiful, historic building, situated in the centre of the City of Melbourne, Australia. It is a place of worship and prayer. St Paul's is built on the site where the first public Christian services in Melbourne were led by Dr Alexander Thomson in 1836. Soon afterwards a small wooden chapel was built elsewhere, and the area became a corn market until 1848, when it was made available for the building of the bluestone St Paul's Parish Church. Consecrated in 1852, this Church was used until 1885, when it was demolished to make way for the present Cathedral. The decision to build on the site of the existing church was made because of its proximity to the railway and soon to be completed cable tramway service. The Swanston Street and Flinders Street corner remains one of Melbourne's busiest intersections today, ensuring the Cathedral is a place at the heart of city life.
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,443 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Imposing cathedral is built of sandstone
    This imposing church is the Anglican Cathedral Church of Melbourne. St Paul's is built of sandstone, it is impressive. The cathedral contains many memorials, which indicate its central role in the life of the State of Victoria. St Paul's is often used on State occasions, such as State funerals. St Paul's is situated in one of the City's prime locations, it's easy to find.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 August 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,443 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Part of the continuing Anglican tradition
    St Paul's Anglican Cathedral is handsome; it has played a role in many religious and community events. St Paul's is mainly built of granite and sandstone. St Paul's part of the continuing Anglican tradition in Australia, St Paul's is an old building, with much to offer. The Cathedral has a prime location, at the corner of Flinders Street and Swanston Street.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 November 2023
  • smiler1956
    Birmingham, United Kingdom571 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit
    Popped into the Cathedral during a visit to Melbourne. What a beautiful building. Such amazing architecture within a very modern city. The interior is amazing, and we gatecrashed a wedding, so was extra special. No entrance fee, they just seek a donation, and have a very good gift shop. Great way to spend and hour or so just thinking, admiring and praying.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 February 2024
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,443 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cathedral's interior is stunning
    In the middle of the middle of the 18th century, a small town in Australia became the richest city in the world. The Great Australian Gold Rush brough enormous wealth and ambition. Marvelous Melbourne. The Gold Rush inspired the construction of St Paul's Anglican Cathedral. Today, St Paul's is both recognized as one of Australia's iconic buildings. The stunning interior has been created over centuries by a combination of worship and Christian philanthropy.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 March 2024
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,443 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
In the middle of the middle of the 18th century, a small town in Australia became the richest city in the world. The Great Australian Gold Rush brough enormous wealth and ambition. Marvelous Melbourne. The Gold Rush inspired the construction of St Paul's Anglican Cathedral. Today, St Paul's is both recognized as one of Australia's iconic buildings. The stunning interior has been created over centuries by a combination of worship and Christian philanthropy.
Written 6 March 2024
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smiler1956
Birmingham, UK571 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Popped into the Cathedral during a visit to Melbourne. What a beautiful building. Such amazing architecture within a very modern city. The interior is amazing, and we gatecrashed a wedding, so was extra special. No entrance fee, they just seek a donation, and have a very good gift shop. Great way to spend and hour or so just thinking, admiring and praying.
Written 7 February 2024
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AbbottHsu
Serang, Indonesia2,322 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
A place you must visit in CBD. The historical church for you to release your mind and feel the atmosphere in the past. Enjoy.
Written 30 November 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,443 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
St Paul's Anglican Cathedral is handsome; it has played a role in many religious and community events. St Paul's is mainly built of granite and sandstone. St Paul's part of the continuing Anglican tradition in Australia, St Paul's is an old building, with much to offer. The Cathedral has a prime location, at the corner of Flinders Street and Swanston Street.
Written 23 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,443 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
This imposing church is the Anglican Cathedral Church of Melbourne. St Paul's is built of sandstone, it is impressive. The cathedral contains many memorials, which indicate its central role in the life of the State of Victoria. St Paul's is often used on State occasions, such as State funerals. St Paul's is situated in one of the City's prime locations, it's easy to find.
Written 17 August 2023
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Johnstanno
Singapore, Singapore509 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Nice cathedral with beautiful architecture. We didn't enter the cathedral but were satisfying enough to just admire its beauty from far and snap some photos of this nice building.
Written 24 July 2023
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia20,935 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Built is the late 1800's stands this Anglican Cathedral, the facade is quite ornate, the interior is quite simple in design, however, still quite ornate
Written 15 July 2023
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Stewarts Vacation
1,543 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Loved that you could wander into the peace and quiet of this beautiful cathedral and spend time admiring the ornate interior. The original baptismal font, 1891 organ and stained glass windows were of particular significance. There was a small shop selling books and other items at fair prices. Well worth a visit.
Written 31 March 2023
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Joyman L
Perth, Australia1,730 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Visited in Feb 2023

We visited on a Sunday early afternoon and there was a choir practice going on. We were able to sit along the pews and admire the architecture and choir. We refrained from taking pictures inside out of respect for the choir group.

Beautiful church inside and out. There is also a church shop inside on the way out. Donations can be made electronically as well.

Definitely worth the quick visit (15-30min) to admire the architecture and escape the hub-bub outside.
Written 4 March 2023
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CoolGuy
Singapore, Singapore698 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
We came here after visit to shrine of remembrance by tram 1.

External facade is amazing. Internal looks good. Of course we seen more beautiful internals at other countries.

Nonetheless, worth a visit!
Written 16 February 2023
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