Westminster Cathedral

Westminster Cathedral is beautiful and elaborately decorated complete with a 273 foot Bell Tower in the heart of central London

The Beautiful Interior of Westminster Cathedral
The Beautiful Interior of Westminster Cathedral

Westminster Cathedral is a young building by London standards, but possesses spectacular architecture and beauty. The seat of the Archbishop of Westminster, it is the largest Catholic church in both England and Wales.

Construction on Westminster Cathedral began in 1895 on land acquired by the Catholic Church in 1884. The site was owned by Westminster Abbey back in the 17th Century and was subsequently sold and used for a variety of things including a prison until being purchased by the Catholic Church.

Westminster Cathedral does not conform to the typical late-Victorian architecture popular at the time of it's construction, but is designed in the style of a Byzantine basilica constructed of reddish brick. The interior is richly and painstakingly decorated with intricate tile mosaics and over 125 different types of marble.

A very popular feature is the Tower Viewing Gallery where you can enjoy some fabulous views of London from 200 feet above the streets and view some beautiful illustrations showing the design of the Cathedral.

Westminster Cathedral is open to the public daily. There is only an admission charge to go up into the Tower Viewing Gallery which is open daily from 9:30am to 5:30pm and until 6pm on weekends.

There are many other attractions within easy walking distance of the Westminster Cathedral. Some of these include the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Horse Guards Building and Parade, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Cathedral, Saint James's Park, and Hyde Park. These attractions can be nicely combined into a memorable one or two day walking tour.

For more information about this beautiful London cathedral visit their official website linked above.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No, except for the Tower Viewing Gallery.

Address: Victoria St, London SW1P 1LT, UK

Phone: 020 7798 9055

Official Website: Westminster Cathedral

Westminster Cathedral Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Westminster Cathedral is a truly magnificent and awe-inspiring structure. Its grandeur and size leave visitors in awe, making it a must-visit destination in London. What's even more remarkable is that admission is free, allowing everyone the opportunity to marvel at its beauty. From the moment you step inside, you're greeted with stunning architecture and intricate details that captivate the senses. There's so much to see and explore within the cathedral, from the towering ceilings to the exquisite stained glass windows. A visit to Westminster Cathedral is truly a feast for the eyes and soul, and it's well worth taking the time to experience its splendor firsthand.
Sue Real - 2 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating Love this church... Beautiful and lots of history on the walls and ceilings... U will never get tired of visiting this church and they have a clean set of toilets on the right side. The shop is great too. The information lady was extremely helpful when I asked about the location of envelopes for the souls I wanted to be included in their prayers. You can also use a container and get holy water on the right side once you enter. The music and choir is something else and the smell of incense just gets you so emotional.
Life in the United Kingdom peace and love - 3 months ago

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4 Star Rating Amazing building, both outside and Inside. Beautiful embelishments and decor. Unfortunately the ceiling and upper level of the church were not lit so unable to see the beautiful ceilings.
Maria Lysenko (My Bucket List At 60) - 2 months ago

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5 Star Rating Whenever we visit London, we never forget to go to this Victoria Catheral as it is always convenient to stop by many. Many Filipinos went this church and even the security guard greeted me by my dialect which is amazing to hear that means how popular is this church. You can visit to the Tower and mist pay £6 to get there. Nice and worth to visit
Salma Mersch - 3 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating Another famous landmark of this country’s history. we had a great time seeing the inside with all the statues and paintings. It was beautiful and magnifications.
Jimmy Anh Truong - a month ago

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Circle, District and Victoria LineVictoria Station4 MInutes

How to get to Westminster Cathedral by Tube

From Victoria Station exit onto Victoria St. and walk to your right (east) for about 4 minutes. Watch for the square in front of Westminster Cathedral on your right.

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