St. Peter’s Cathedral dominates the skyline of Adelaide’s northern suburb, and the sound of its bells ringing out from the tower brings a festive joy to the city. Constructed back in 1869, the church features stunning stained glass windows and rises 168 feet from the street, with the set of eight church bells being the heaviest of their kind found anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere. Aside from its impressive and imposing architecture, the church is riddled with religious symbolism from the altar to windows and nave, and guided tours are available for digging deeper into its past. Around Christmas, the church is busy with carolers joyously singing their praise for the season, and the cathedral choir has gathered here for over 130 years. When visiting the building, admire the windows, sculptures, and angels that were shipped to Australia from England, as well as a couple of stained glass windows that were made right here in Adelaide. There’s a small gift shop inside the Cathedral for purchasing souvenirs, and while photography is welcomed inside the Cathedral, a proper degree of decorum and respect is kindly requested by the church.
Guided tours of the cathedral are offered at 12:30pm on Sunday, and at 11am on Wednesday. The public welcome to attend weekly services, which range from 8am Communion on Sunday, to 8:45am prayer on Monday-Friday. To hear the choir, attend the Choral Evensong at 6pm on Sunday.