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Westminster Cathedral

42 Francis Street, London SW1P 1QW, England
+44 20 7798 9055
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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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“byzantine style” (22 reviews)
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42 Francis Street, London SW1P 1QW, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago

A lovely oasis of quiet in the busting Victoria and Westminister area. Would recommend a visit. Very nice.

Thank PadraigOC
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to see London from up top and don't want to stay at that enormous line at the london eye you should visit this place it offers some pretty decent views.

Thank Catalin D
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loads of beautiful churches in the country to visit that don’t charge £22 - profiteering. Give it a miss.

Thank Lynn M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went into London for this special Catholic Latin Mass. it is a beautiful building which has masses throughout the day. You could easily spend the whole morning in there looking around. And it's Free!! If you are in the area of Victoria Stn, definitely go...More

Thank scoose63
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don't get all the glowing reviews. I felt like this was a very average cathedral and nowhere near as impressive as others around Europe.

Thank TXtourst
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Entering Westminster Cathedral, you enter the world of Eastern mosaics. Strange in London, isn't it? The church is majectic both inside and outside. I have attended the holy Mass there three times and each time it was beautifully celebrated. Live voices - either individual or...More

Thank Kinga J
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A beautiful cathedral both inside and outside. A place you must visit in London for religious reason or not. The cathedral is famous for its choir and you may be lucky to hear them sing if there is religious service. There is also a small...More

Thank Patrick T
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The cathedral is unusual in being designed and built in Byzantine style, by the architect John Francis Bentley. It was opened in 1903. The rich mosaic decorations proposed were never completed, thus the nave of the cathedral is quite dark, but the chapels give an...More

Thank Ian C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In the souvenir shop is the elevator which takes you to the top of the tower. From there you go out onto balconies facing east west north and south. For only about 6 pounds you get to see all of London, it’s quieter it’s peaceful,...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A historical master piece - make you sure take the audio guided tour and take a few minutes after each section to really stop and look around yourself. So many little details, so much history, really was worth the visit.

Thank Lauren D
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soccermom489
24 December 2016|
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Response from Sarah D | Property representative |
Hi there. Midnight Mass actually starts a little earlier than the title of the Service suggests. The time may vary but usually about 10:30am for Carols. Although the doors close to allow for preparations to take place the... More
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LovesToTravel918
25 March 2016|
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Response from firuzakhan | Reviewed this property |
Maybe an hour & a half. If you see the Chapels in the interior in detail then maube 2 hours.
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Shauna R
25 March 2016|
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Response from Aquinasmagister | Reviewed this property |
Hi just treat this like going to any Sunday mass.The cathedral is open to all and it's important you should feel at home. If you're unsure what to do sit behind others and do what the Majority of people do (stand when they... More
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