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Westminster Cathedral

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Address: 42 Francis Street, London SW1P 1QW, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7798 9055
07:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 19:00

Admission to the Cathedral is free but donations are gratefully received...

Admission to the Cathedral is free but donations are gratefully received

Tower Lift - £6 adult; £3 concession; £14 family ticket (2 adult and 2 children)

If you enter the Cathedral at a quiet moment in the day, don’t imagine that it is always like this. Westminster Cathedral must be one of the busiest churches in the United Kingdom. Located in the heart of London, it is the mother-church of England & Wales. People are drawn to this great edifice from all over London, all over the country and the world. If you are trying to imagine ‘what goes on’ here, consider that there are seven masses each day, many great services of worship on special occasions and unique gatherings of every description which fill the Cathedral to the doors.

Westminster Cathedral Choir, justly renowned for consistent excellence, sings at the Solemn Mass each evening - with few exceptions. Even when no public ceremony is taking place, the private prayer of individual believers is a work of faith, continuously in progress. The Cathedral is a sacred space at the heart of a great city, dedicated to the worship of God.

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A Imposing & Special;Cathedral

It is the head church of the Roman Catholic faith and is an imposing structure of striped red brick and stone. If you are visiting Westminster then it is a must see.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is the head church of the Roman Catholic faith and is an imposing structure of striped red brick and stone. If you are visiting Westminster then it is a must see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

As many buildings in the area, the Westminster Cathedral stands out because of it's unusual architecture. It is well worth a visit, and a 10 minute walk away from Buckingham Palace. Unfortunately, the area is undergoing rapid redevelopment, and high rise buildings in the neighborhood are somewhat ruining the charms of the cathedral from the outside.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great cathedral. We enjoyed a high Mass in Latin with the bishop and full choir. It was lovely. Definitely a good choice if you are in London on Sunday. The only distraction is that they never finished the interior, leaving the exposed brick dark and unappealing. It is a far cry from the ornate cathedrals of Eastern Europe, but worth... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Westminster Cathedral stands as a beautiful Neo-Byzantine structure, the mother of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. We were lucky enough to get a free tour guide who showed us the many chapels dedicated to various saints all adorned in differing stunning mosaic work. The adornment work is still not finished to date with a few chapels waiting to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While you expect this cathedral to be older, it dates to the early 1900's. Interesting Byzantine design whose brickwork is picked up in some of the surrounding apartment buildings. Has an Orthodox feel to it. Watch the seating if you sit down. It moves as I found out the hard way.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Westminster Cathedral is a beautiful Byzantine design... with more marbles than I could count! We enjoyed vespers there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful, imposing building both inside and out. The interior is quite somber, and not especially lavish for a Catholic church, but peaceful and a good place to go and contemplate even if you're not religious. The exhibition of treasures is worth seeing when admission is free but probably not otherwise - When you've seen one fancy chalice you've seen... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

This is an unusual church. As a Roman Catholic cathedral, it has a degree of internal decoration amongst its angular marble interiors. However, there is little lighting in the main nave and aisle, so seeing the ceiling is not easy. An interesting place - but not a particularly spiritual place, to my mind.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Absolutely fantastic. Such wonderful byzantine style architecture and iconography. It put me in mind of some of the Eastern Orthodox cathedrals. The staff were very friendly and welcoming. There is a small fee for access to the tower top made all the more worth it by the lift ride up when we were expecting a long climb by stairs. Westminster... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

I'm no Catholic so I won't comment on that side of things. The Cathedral it's self is nice in its own style. The staff were friendly and there were some interesting things to look at, all for free as well! But the best bit is going up the tower for about £5. This gives amazing views across London and is... More 

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If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square, and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just up the road as well. As captivating as the architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.
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