Brisbane Open House
249 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane City
Saturday : 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Sunday : 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
General access (Access restricted during liturgical celebrations)

Nestled in the grounds beside the imposing Cathedral, St Stephen’s Chapel began life in 1850 as St Stephen’s Roman Catholic Church, serving Brisbane’s considerable Catholic population. It was the only Catholic Church in Brisbane until 1874 and is the third oldest building in Brisbane. It was designed by Augustus Northmore Welsby Pugin, who was one of the designers of Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London. It was built by non-convict labour. The Chapel is regularly used for daily Mass, weddings and funerals.

Tour Information

Dress Requirements

Smart casual

Wheelchair access


Is Heritage listed


Original architect: Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin // Renovation architect: Robin Gibson and Partners