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
Official Website: Westminster CathedralFee: No, except for the Tower Viewing Gallery.
Many tourist attractions are temporarily closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please verify any opening hours below with the attraction before visiting.
- Monday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Tuesday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Wednesday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Saturday: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Sunday: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
42 Francis Street
London SW1P 1QW
Phone: +44 20 7798 9055
Ramona G. Mar-17-2016
Dragged my cousin here to mass when I visited him in London. I was surprised to find such a large Filipino population there, I had no idea that a lot of... Read More
Aaron S. Apr-21-2019
Westminster Cathedral, not to be confused with Westminster Abbey is a beautiful Cathedral and the mother Church of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.... Read More
Joe T. Aug-21-2017
A beautiful church. The many naves inside are worth a look. A visit to the top of the bell tower is a must. Very nice city views from this part of town.... Read More
Accommodations near Westminster Cathedral :
|Tube Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Circle, District and Victoria Line||Victoria Station||4 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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