The Cathedral is open every day to pilgrims and visitors for worship, prayer and visiting. Many people come in to explore the wealth of history in the building, or to simply experience the quiet sanctity of this sacred space.
Visitors are welcome to obtain a $5 photo permit from the Cathedral Shop and take photographs for personal use during visiting hours, but photography is not permitted during services.
Interactive tour of St. Paul’s
Click above to take our virtual tour of the cathedral.
You might like to use our interactive Cathedral App as you walk through the building. The app is available for free download from the App Store and Google Play.
Alternatively, you can book a guided tour for groups of 5 people or more. Guided Tours last between 30 and 40 minutes and we ask for a donation of $5 per person attending the tour. To make a booking please contact the Cathedral Office on firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 9653 4333.
Enjoy your visit!
Self Guided Tour
For a short self-guided tour use this map to navigate your way around the Cathedral.
- Processional Doors installed in 2005 form a welcoming screen at the Great West door. The radiating light represents the experience of St Paul on the Damascus Road. Symbols of the four gospel writers surround the light.
- Persian Tile on the rear wall of the narthex is a replica of an 8-pointed star tile found in two churches in Iran – the Church of St Simon the Zealot in Shiraz and St Luke’s Church in Isfahan.
- Floor tiles and dado (wall tiles) are a feature of Butterfield’s original design.
- North Aisle (Swanston Street Side) lower windows depict scenes from the life of St Paul. The painting “Anzac Christmas” by Violet Teague is on permanent loan from St Peter’s Church, Kinglake.
- Pulpit used for preaching about the Christian faith. One of the carved figures is that of a former Mayor of Melbourne’s daughter who died in infancy.
- A mounted mosaic in the North transept was originally made for the Cathedral by the artists and craftsmen who crafted the high altar reredos.
- Chapel of the Ascension features a reredos (altar screen) of glass mosaics, depicting the ascension of Jesus to heaven.
- High Altar and Reredos are made from Devonshire marble, alabaster and Venetian glass mosaics. Above the central cross are scenes of the Last Supper and Jesus’ death.
- Macartney Chapel, named after the first Dean, features Gloria Petyarre’s painting ‘Bush Medicine Leaves’ (on loan from the current Dean’s private collection); the Woods’ crozier and plaques listing the Bishops and Deans of Melbourne.
- Cathedra – the Archbishop of Melbourne’s chair.
- Lantern – the higher chamber of the Moorhouse Tower, above the choir area, has 25 glass panels in a steel frame, and amber glass in the lower chamber, installed in December 2006, giving natural light to the crossing area.
- Pipe Organ built by TC Lewis and Co, English organ builders, first played during the consecration of the Cathedral in 1891. The console (keyboard), enclosed by an American walnut case, is behind the choir stalls. The pipes, in the South transept, are a notable feature. In 1990 the organ was restored by Harrison & Harrison, organ builders, of Durham, UK.
- Brass Lectern, from which the Bible is read, features an eagle on a sphere, bearing on its back the Good News of Jesus Christ to the whole world.
- South Aisle lower windows depict scenes from the life of Jesus Christ.
- Chapel of Unity where Pope John Paul prayed with Anglican Archbishop David Penman in 1986. Visitors may light a candle here.
- Baptismal Fonts – the round font of Harcourt granite has been here since the Cathedral was built. In 1912 the cruciform immersion font was built in memory of Field Flowers Goe, third Bishop of Melbourne.
- Narthex Screen originally separated the nave from the chancel. From the altar side can be viewed the unusual three-in-one face, an ancient depiction of God as the Trinity.