About Us

St Paul’s Cathedral is the home church for Anglicans in Melbourne, the seat of the Archbishop of Melbourne and Metropolitan of Victoria, and home for regular worshippers from more than 25 nations. The Cathedral is Victoria’s most visited sacred place, with over 400,000 visitors a year.

St Paul’s stands on the site where the first public Christian services in Melbourne were led by Dr Alexander Thomson in 1836. The Cathedral was completed in 1896, and worship has taken place on this site every day since then. It is an oasis of peace at the heart of the world’s most liveable city, where many thousands come to pray, reflect and share in the peace and beauty of this sacred space.

You are most welcome to visit us and worship with us.


Our Cathedral Vision

Our vision is for St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne to be a place of transformation for our City and Diocese whereall people can come to experience and know God’s love in Christ Jesus.

Our Vision flows from the Cathedral’s position at the heart of our City and Diocese: our witness as an iconic symbol of faith for the people of Melbourne, and the home church of our Diocese.

Click here to see an overview of our 5 Year Strategic Plan 2020-2025


St Paul’s stands at the very heart of the City of Melbourne. In style, it echoes the grand Cathedrals of Europe. Designed by distinguished English revival architect William Butterfield, the Cathedral is built in the neo-Gothic transitional style, partly Early English and partly Decorated. Many consider St Paul’s to be Butterfield’s final masterpiece.

St Paul’s Cathedral has been an integral part of Christian Melbourne since the city’s foundation: it stands on the site where the first public Christian services in Melbourne were led by Dr Alexander Thomson in 1836.

Cathedral Safeguarding and Policies

The Cathedral takes issues of safeguarding very seriously. All Cathedral employees and volunteers present current Working with Children Checks and Police certificates. In addition, the Cathedral has policies and codes of conduct in place that seek to promote safe working and worshipping environments. 

On this page staff and volunteers at St Paul’s Cathedral may view current Cathedral policies and codes of conduct applicable to them. A complete set of all guidelines and policies applicable to staff and office holders at St Paul’s may be viewed here: Cathedral Policies 2017.

ⓘ In line with current lockdown in Victoria, the Cathedral is closed. Worship continues online. Read More