Visitor Information

Visiting Times

The Cathedral is staffed by guides during opening hours (subject to the availability of volunteers) and there are information guides available at the back of the Cathedral in various languages to allow visitors to take a self-guided tour.

If you do not wish to attend a service then you are very welcome to explore the Cathedral, we highly recommend visiting during the following times as access to parts of the Cathedral are restricted during services:

Monday – Friday 8.30am – 12.00pm & 1.00pm – 4.45pm
Saturday 9.30am – 12.00pm & 1.00pm – 6.00pm
Sunday 2.30pm – 5.30pm

Entry to the Cathedral is via the Great West Doors on Flinders Street.

The Cathedral plays an active role in the community, and there may be times when we are closed or areas of the Cathedral are restricted to visitors due to a service or an event taking place.  We recommend you check our closures which can be found here

Please note our Terms & Conditions when coming the the Cathedral

Getting Here

By Car

There is limited access to the Cathedral by car and NO onsite parking. If you do drive, you will need to park at one of the nearby parking stations. Flinders Gate and Federation Square carparks are the closest.

Public Transport

The Cathedral is directly opposite Flinders Street Station which services all metropolitan and some regional train Lines. Information about trains in Melbourne and Victoria can be found here.

Trams routes 1, 3/3a, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67, 70, 72, 75 and the free City Circle stop out the front of the Cathedral. Tram travel is free within the city – more information is available here.

City Sightseer

Stop 1 for both the Blue and Red line of the Melbourne City Sightseeing bus stop within a short distance of the Cathedral. For more information see here.

A number of other tourism operator’s pick-up and drop-off near the Cathedral

Prayers & Candle Lighting

You are welcome to light a candle and pray at our Chapel of Unity. We will do our best to accommodate those that wish to pray or light a candle during closure times although this may not always be possible.

The Cathedral has established the practice of having hourly prayers throughout the day. These prayers are led by our Day Chaplains and last approximately two minutes. During the prayers, all visitors are asked to remain still and are invited to join in saying The Lord’s Prayer in their native language.

Information Cards

Visitors can pick up free cards inside the Cathedral which have information and a basic map of the building. These cards are available in a number of different languages and should be returned at the end of your visit.

Accessibility

There is access for wheelchairs through the West door into the Nave via a ramp from Flinders Street. Please be aware that the Cathedral is an historic building and areas of the Cathedral have low lighting and uneven flooring.

Photography

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.

Professional and commercial photography must be arranged in advance by contacting events@stpaulscathedral.org.au

Attending a Service

All are welcome to attend our acts of worship, the times for our regular services can be found here. Please note visiting restrictions apply during services

Exhibitions

Throughout the year we are delighted to display artwork by local artists, schools and charities in our Transept Gallery. You can see present and forthcoming exhibitions in our news section of the website.

If you wish to display your artwork here please contact the Cathedral Office by email welcome@stpaulscathedral.org.au

Guided Tours

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 welcome@stpaulscathedral.org.au or 03 9653 4333.