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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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Not stunning inside (I've seen many beautiful amazing churches before, so I'm a bit demanding regarding this subject), but it's definitely worth the visit. Check the opening times... read more

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Not stunning inside (I've seen many beautiful amazing churches before, so I'm a bit demanding regarding this subject), but it's definitely worth the visit. Check the opening times before you go as we went there a few times and it was closed.

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Ramsbury, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We came across this building whist walking in the area. Decided to have a look in side and was amazed at its beauty. Well worth taking a look around.we also went up the bell tower which has great views across London.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Easter mass at the Cathedral was memorable. Very much a melting pot of attendees, reflecting the cosmopolitan nature of London.

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Not to be confused with Westminster Abbey which is next to the Houses of Parliament Westminster Cathedral is very close to Victoria railway and tube stations. The coach station is a bit further away. The building is amazing with spectacular features. If you get a chance go up the tower. You have to pay for this but the views are... More 

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it's a very pretty place. I'm not religious so I only went inside and looked at the walls and art and took photos. It was truly beautiful.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Westminster Cathedral has an impressive interior with fine marble and mosaic works. There are fourteen Stations of the Cross and beautiful features throughout. The entrance to the main cathedral id free but if you decide to go up to the Tower Viewing Gallery from which you have spectacular views over London, it costs £6 for adults. Definitely worth a visit.

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Bradenton, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stumbled across this church while on a search for a drug store. I'm so glad we went on that search. This place is amazing. We did not take the trip to the top of the tower, but the church itself with all of it's side chapels is spectacular.

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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Surprised that it has been surrounded by so many shops and banks. It really is next to McDonalds! The building is beautiful and has a real atmosphere to it. A sense of awe and wonder was with me as I looked round.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful Roman Catholic Cathedral in Victoria. Well worth a visit. Its located in a square by Victoria tube station. Cathedral has a tower and a shop. I think photography is not permitted so I told photos of the roof top tower.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As a photographer I found the restriction a bit annoying. I think they should permit non flash photography. With the huge crowds it's really not a solemn atmosphere. Interesting as a historical site. Lots of graves and memorials for various deceased notables.

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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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