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 VisitFee: No, except for the Tower Viewing Gallery.
Address: 42 Francis St, Westminster, London SW1P 1QW, UK
Phone: 020 7798 9055
Official Website: Westminster CathedralMap of nearby accommodations:
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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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Encompassing! Easily takes the common observer back to a much different time. The knowledge of bits of Latin will absolutely help as that's what most of the carvings, on the historical stones that have been brought and established here, are. The quietness that is kept by the respectful travellers who visit but also the faithful who pay their tribute of respect, is an important attribute. There are usually so many people inside and such a busy, relentless, noisy reality right outside the door that makes the quietness kind of divine.
Avel Gio - 8 days ago
Incredible place to visit and free admission unlike the state funded Church of England Cathedrals. Go to the top of the tower for amazing views. The crypt cafe is best value in Westminster area too
dez boksan-cullen - 20 days ago
Touristy yet homely. A beautiful and well maintained edifice gifted to our generation by history. Worth visiting. Worth attending Mass. Go online and find the Mass Times. I suggest you attend and of the sung Masses. The singing is just breath taking .
bobby ikazoboh - 25 days ago
Refuge from the hustle and bustle of Victoria St and the serene interior is worth a visit. Side chapels are reminiscent of the churches in Spain with various devotions taking place throughout the year. Good shop and the chance to visit the bell tower to look out at the view for £6 per person, but you can stay up there for a considerable time.
Stefan Nunn - 2 months ago