St Mary's Cathedral
Why go there
St Mary's Cathedral represents the spiritual origins of the Catholic Church in Australia. Dedicated to Mary Help of Christians, it is regarded as one of the finest examples of English-style gothic churches in the world. Constructed from Sydney sandstone, it was finally completed 100 years after the death of architect William Wardell, with the addition of the two new spires at the southern end.
The magnificent Sydney sandstone exterior and façade,
Breathtaking sweep of the arches in the main cathedral,
Magnificent stained glass windows,
The History of early Sydney Church exhibited in St Mary's Cathedral Crypt.
Access for all
Note: no accessible toilet
The formal entry into the cathedral is via the stairs fronting St Mary's. Level access is then available within the main cathedral. A wheelchair Accessible entry is provided at the rear of the cathedral. It is accessed via a short stone ramp leading from a pathway at the corner of the property. A door bell is located to the right of the door. Access to the Crypt is available via a concrete threshold ramp.
Tours and programs
Free guided tours are conducted every Sunday following the 10:30am Solemn Mass. Groups of 10 or more visitors, may organise guided group tours during the weekdays only and for a small booking fee. Call 02 9220 0453 to check on date and time availability.
Eating and shopping
The Cathedral Store is open 10am-5pm weekdays and reduced hours on weekends. Eating options vary amongst the cafes outside St James Church, Hyde Park Barracks and the café in Hyde Park.
How to get there
Buses travelling along Elizabeth St, Castlereagh St and George St., all within easy walking distance of St James'. The St James underground train station is less than one block away, with a lift to street level.
There is no specific St Mary's parking. However, two signed dedicated access parking spaces are provided in College St. Visitors with mobility difficulties can be dropped-off on College St and make their way to St Mary's Rd, and the wheelchair accessible entry. Other parking is available in the Sydney Eye Hospital commercial car park accessed from Hospital Rd.
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