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St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral

Free admission
Flinders Ln & Swanston St, Melbourne, 3000

The Basics

You can explore St. Paul’s Cathedral during non-service hours or join the church’s daily service. City tours typically begin in Federation Square, and many discuss the almost 100-year history of St. Paul’s and Christianity in Australia. Interest-specific tours, such as one devoted to photographing Melbourne’s sights and another that literally runs past the city’s most compelling destinations, also include St. Paul’s on their agendas.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • St. Paul’s Cathedral is ideal for architecture lovers and religious visitors.

  • Check the cathedral’s website for times of regular and special services.

  • Services are available in English and Mandarin.

  • The church is accessible to wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

The cathedral stands in the heart of Melbourne, opposite Federation Square. Take any train to Flinders Street Station or the 35, 70, or 75 tram, which operate in the Free Tram Zone.

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When to Get There

St. Paul’s Cathedral is open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm Saturday, and 7:30am to 7:30pm Sunday. On public holidays, the cathedral’s hours are 11am to 3pm. St. Paul’s hosts beautiful Easter and Christmas services—the biggest in Melbourne.

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St. Paul’s Unique Style

Classified as “Gothic transitional,” St. Paul’s Cathedral is a mix of early English and decorative Gothic styles. The structure features beautiful interiors with Persian tiling on the floors and walls, processional doors, fine stone and brickwork, and intricate mosaics. Architect William Butterfield incorporated a number of influences from notable churches around the world into this Melbourne landmark.

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