St Paul

Architect John Coates Carter is a well kept secret, his buildings embody the Arts & Crafts movement of the early 20th century and St Paul's is said to be the finest of his surviving early churches.

About this church

In 1885 Lord Windsor gave one acre of land to locate a church for the new Cardiff suburb of Grangetown. He financed the initial building costs of £4000. The foundation stone was laid in 1889 and the building was opened by the Bishop of Llandaff on 5 February 1890. A chancel was added in 1902.

Pevsner's Buildings of Wales describes the building materials as ‘highly eccentric’. The walls consist of Pennant rubble with dressings of pink Staffordshire sandstone. It also has an early and unusual example of concrete construction; major elements are formed from concrete mixed with pebbles, crushed brick and sandstone chippings.

St Paul’s became famous in 2005 when it was featured in an episode of Dr Who (Fathers Day) and attracts many Dr Who fans.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Fascinating churchyard

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • Car park at church

Other nearby churches


Norwegian Church

It's not often you see white clapperboard on a Welsh church and the Norwegian Church has a unique story to tell, as well as an intimate connection with one of the world's most favourite childrens authors: Roald Dahl.


St John the Baptist

St John’s is a haven of peace at the heart of Cardiff. It was established in the 12th century to serve the Castle and those living nearby, though the current building.

Help support ExploreChurches by becoming a Friend of the National Churches Trust