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Westminster Cathedral

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Address: 42 Francis Street, London SW1P 1QW, England
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 19:00
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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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Visited on 25th February and was amazed at the beauty of the cathedral. There is a deep feeling of peace and calm. A true religious experience. The mosaics in the chapels are... read more

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Visited on 25th February and was amazed at the beauty of the cathedral. There is a deep feeling of peace and calm. A true religious experience. The mosaics in the chapels are stunning and each chapel has a clear message of the Saint that is represented. A peaceful quiet place to pray or just to think. I would certainly visit... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This Cathedral is a great place to visit, and doesn't charge (unlike Westminster Abbey). It is very prayerful and has various services throughout the day. A must see are the beautiful side chapels.

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There are no words to descibe the power and beauty of this cathedral. The detail, the mosaics the devotion - enough to turn almost anyone religious. I am not but definitley felt the pull while gazing at the mosaics and beauty that was put into this magnificent work of art. There are no pictures to describe what you will see... More 

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Stumbled upon Westminster Cathedral whilst on a visit to London. Beautiful building with stunning mosaics and we went up the tower...in storm Doris! It's an amazing view from up there and it was £12 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children). We were the only ones up there too! Worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Went here for Sunday Mass on my trip to London. Can't recommend this beautiful church highly enough. The mosaics on the inside look like pure glitter. Be sure to check out the side chapels, some of the most stunning parts of this historic building!

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The Abbey gets all the attention because of its history. This seat of the Catholic Church is physically quite different with a somewhat subdued nave and round domes inside. The side chapel mosaics are quite gorgeous.

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Beautiful 18th century catholic cathedral; amazing Byzantine style mosaics with more scope. Cafe superb after visit. Looking forward to a revisit for musical events

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We really did not realize the total historic significance of the Cathedral. Never really had it on our radar but are both happy we included a visit. It holds the remains of some of the most important people in British and world history and eras of the past. Highly recommend including it on your tour to London.

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One of the London landmarks. The architecture is unique. You don't have to miss this place. Beautiful.

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The Cathedral is old, yes but it needs more light to show the features of the wonderful building. Its free.

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Westminster
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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