Saint Mary's Cathedral

Saint Mary's Cathedral is a grand architectural achievement

Gothic Revival Architecture of St. Mary's Cathedral
Gothic Revival Architecture of St. Mary's Cathedral cc licensed photo by 4nitsirk

Saint Mary's Cathedral has evolved into a grandiose Sydney landmark over a a period of over 130 years. Situated along the east side of Hyde Park in the Central Business District it is visible from many different vantage points. It is also Australia's largest church.

Featuring Gothic Revival architecture along the lines of the smaller and older St Andrew's Cathedral, the first stone for this beautiful Sydney landmark was laid back in 1868 after a succession of Catholic Churches, some of which were destroyed by fire. The Cathedral was finally dedicated in 1882, but it was only a portion of what it is today. The nave was not completed until 1928 followed by the crypt in 1961. And last, but not least the large spires on to of the two towers were not added until the year 2000 in order to improve the aesthetics of the previously square topped towers.

While the design of St. Mary's Cathedral is original it certainly inherits many features typical of far more medival churches from Europe. Due to the size of the project and the available location the Cathedral is oriented north-south breaking the tradition of east-west orientation.

Forty pictorial stained glass windows and striking mosaic floors along with a myriad of other fine details complete this elegant and grand Cathedral.

Nearby attractions: Hyde Park, Hyde Park Barracks Museum and the Australian Museum.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Saint Mary's Cathedral

Fee: No

Open Now

Regular Hours:

  • Monday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 7:00 am - 8:00 am
  • Tuesday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 7:00 am - 8:00 am
  • Wednesday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sunday: 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Category: Churches

Address: St Marys Rd
Sydney New South Wales 2000
Australia

Phone: +61 2 9220 0400

Reviews

Yelp Rating:
4.5 out of 5 4.5 Star Rating
Based on 15 Reviews.

See all reviews on Yelp

5 Star Rating Beautiful church in the heart of the city. The grounds are well kept and the statues are great. I happened to wander in during their lunchtime Lenten... Read More

Jen L. Apr-20-2018

4 Star Rating The building is beautiful. My family took a ton of pictures beside the fountain and at the park. Read More

Kevin W. Oct-15-2017

5 Star Rating Pretty historical church in the middle of the city, walking distance from Hyde park. If you want a relaxing day, strolling around this area and the church... Read More

Connie M. Oct-15-2016

Accommodations near Saint Mary's Cathedral :

Directions

Train Line Nearest Station Walking Time
T2 or T3St. James Station1 minute

How to get to Saint Mary's Cathedral by Train

By Train: St. James Station Station exits at Hyde Park just west of the Cathedral.

Map & Instant Route Finder

Click&Go Map and Route Finder with public transit, walking, driving or cycling directions. Get up-to-the-minute transit times for your route.

Load Interactive Map
Finding Your Route - Please Wait

Photo Gallery

Video


Enjoy this spectacular Christmas Light Show projected onto St. Mary's Cathedral

Visiting Sydney? Here's why we use Booking.com for our hotel bookings.

Best SelectionDaily Deals Price Matching Pay at the Hotel 24/7 Support

Get a Sydney Explorer Pass - the most flexible Sydney attraction pass available

No rushing. Valid for a full 30 days after you visit your first attraction.
Convenient. One pass for multiple attractions.
Flexible. Available for 3, 4, 5, or 7 attractions. Choose from 20 top attractions as you go.
Even More Flexible. Build your own custom pass.


Visiting Sydney?
Here's why we use Booking.com for our hotel bookings.
Best Selection
Daily Deals
Price Matching
Pay at the Hotel
24/7 Support
Help us grow! Please Share
Thanks for Visiting!