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Old St Paul's

34 Mulgrave St | Thorndon, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-473 6722
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Be embraced by the beauty of this gorgeous wooden cathedral - still sacred, welcoming to all, in the heart of Wellington's heritage precinct. Breathtakingly beautiful - Wellington's famous Old St Paul's, constructed entirely of native timbers, is one of New Zealand's greatest heritage places. Experience the wonderful and sometimes quirky stories of this former cathedral church, its historic location and its people. Gaze at Old St Paul's unique colonial architecture, admire its exquisite embroidered furnishings and be awed by the colours of its beautiful stained glass windows. It is a magnificent example of timber Gothic Revival architecture. Visit the Gift and all-year-around Christmas Shop at Old St Paul's, which features exquisite gifts, NZ keepsakes and beautiful Christmas decorations, advent calendars and nativity scenes.There is something to suit every taste. The site where Old St Paul's stands was formerly part of Pipitea Pa. For almost 100 years, Old St Paul's served as the parish church of Thorndon and the Anglican Cathedral of Wellington. It remains a place of spiritual significance to many and also has become a popular venue for a wide variety of cultural events.
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34 Mulgrave St | Thorndon, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-473 6722
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visit Old St Paul's church during our tour of Wellington. Was a very interesting how it was built with the roof like a boat hull plus had drawer with different styles of cloth that used at different times. Also had a small section to buy...More

Thank Peter S
Reviewed 6 days ago

What a beautiful building, inside and out. The woodwork and stained glass windows were amazing. My only regret is that it is no longer a consecrated church - I would love to have attended a service there.

Thank raneale
Reviewed 1 week ago

This beautiful old wooden building was the venue for my sons wedding, and what a perfect spot. It is a beautifully preserved wooden building which was the original cathedral for Wellington, and the stained glass windows are lovely - a true jewel and I highly...More

Thank DianeQuilts
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like churches and old architecture, going a bit farther afield to visit this small church, is worth it. A wooden structure, made of all native NZ woods, it survived a number of earthquakes while neighboring buildings did not. Emma, the guide on duty,...More

Thank Bi-coaster
Reviewed 1 week ago

We sought this church out because it is a link with the early days of British settlement of Wellington. It does not offer regular services anymore having been replaced as an active institution by a new Anglican Church nearby. But, Old St. Paul's is beautifully...More

Thank SanFranciscoGuy634
Reviewed 1 week ago

Old St Pauls was well worth a visit, although it is no longer being used as a church/ cathedral it is being maintained to a very high standard. There was plenty to see and enjoy.

Thank Jeanne86
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The old wooden building is an architectural gem and well worth visiting to see the woodwork and craftsmanship - such a pity that the new cathedral is such an architectural monstrosity - this is a little treasure

Thank PeanutWellington
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful church, rich with history and symbolism. The guide was very knowledgable and taught me several new things about Anglican cathedrals.

Thank debblen4
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful building made with amazing craftmenship and is definitely worth a visit. We took a car and were able to find a car park just along the road.

Thank Stuntbird77
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When considering a wedding venue, my partner and I were attracted to this beautiful old building. We were married here in February 2016 and we had definitely made the perfect choice. From start of planning to the ceremony itself, the people here could not have...More

Thank cousinten
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