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Westminster Cathedral

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Address: 42 Francis Street, London SW1P 1QW, England
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+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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Aim for last tour before evensong...

We arrived at an hour and a half before Evensong was going to begin so that we could stay for that after our tour. Did the audio guided tour which was free and lasted an hour. It... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We arrived at an hour and a half before Evensong was going to begin so that we could stay for that after our tour. Did the audio guided tour which was free and lasted an hour. It was excellent. As we were finishing, the choir began practicing. We took a seat and listened to them practice. It was lovely, so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My wife and I visited this most amazing place, a place that Is just so awesome that It will stay with you always!!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a beautiful place and well worth a visit. I went with a friend who loves it. Sung Latin mass was beautiful. Very close to Victoria street.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

God's glorious House where He lives, I came burdened and left unburdened after confession, mass, the way of Mercy and prayer and the exposition of the blessed sacrament.Truly wonderful day spent with God. This is my regular place of worship.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I thought - mistakenly we were to visit the Abbey , but no this Cathedral that I had not heard of before. Just a few steps from the shops, It has a serenity - a service was being held during our visit. We quietly - as did others- viewed the side chapels and later had a drink downstairs in the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Walk quickly by the shops on Victoria Street and you'll miss this gem. A bit hidden and set back from Victoria street at Francis Street rises this red brick cathedral with it's architectural structure inspired by Hagia Sophia and the like. Check open times and/or concerts available. Climb up the tower, for a small fee, for great view of London.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are in westminster and you have time you must go. It is free and it is a pice of art, diferent to ordinary churches, this one have something special.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tucked behind the shops of Victoria 100 metres from the station is a truly marvellous RC Cathedral. The small chapels to each side of the main hall are decorated in the individual style favoured by each of the patrons. It is a calming place where you feel the serenity of the surroundings. Didn't take the lift to the bell tower... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I'm not a 'churchy' person or at all religious & although I'd heard of Westminster Abbey I didn't realise there was also a Westminster Cathedral. Built of brick inside & out it's very different to most English churches. It still soars towards the skyline & is very impressive. Inside there are beautiful mosaics so intricately done, both old & modern.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I wasn't aware that there was a Westminster Cathedral and we were looking for a church near where we were to go to Mass. This cathedral is really worth a visit, like already mentioned by someone else the gold mosaic work in the chapels is lovely; actually the whole interior of the the cathedral is worth visiting. The facade 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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