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 Cathedral
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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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Ratedout of 5
The most important Catholic church in England. Really beautiful architecture. Free to entry.
Gabriel Farinello - 6 days ago
It is also a tourist site- so be aware of that aspect. It was built in 1903 so valued for historical architecture as well as Godly significance, so lots of sightseers. BUT This is such a beautiful church. A true spiritual haven in the middle of central london. Even though I am a Protestant, I often come by for services as I work nearby and to have quite time with God. The vespers benediction choir is just amazing. And there are several services every day. We need to work together to keep these beautiful sanctuary’s for God alive.
Miss Forsyth - 1 month ago
Incredible! There are so many important things that took place in history here, so many important people have gravestones here. The history is so rich and the scenery and homage is beautiful. Never an experience quite like this one.
Brittany Adams - 1 month ago
Unbelievable experience. Been in London, UK 38 years 1 month and 19 days. First time ever visit to Westminster Cathedral. A serene place of worship enriched with history and historical Christian Religious history and what beautiful Architecture. The Stained glass windows are totally awesome. A must visit for and all. Prayed. Amen
Sakalain Meghjee - 1 month ago
The Sunday 10:30am choir is just brilliant here. Must attend. They also have the morning liturgy of hours prayer sung before the mass.
Silpa Paul - 2 months ago