St. Saviour's, as church then cathedral, has been a place of worship and ministry since the 1830s. It is one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in Australia and is visited every year by many thousands of tourists from all over the world. St Saviour's is also a place of pilgrimage. Many people find inspiration and consolation in the peace and beauty of the Cathedral.
St. Saviour's Cathedral, named after the Saviour himself, expresses the grace, care and forethought of a great architect at the height of his powers. It gains the effect of spaciousness without being huge, and of splendour without being overly ornate.
Graves in the grounds are those of bishops and deans and their wives, as well as two brothers from the community of the Ascension who were for a time based at Bishopthorpe, the first Bishop's home.