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Westminster Cathedral
Westminster Cathedral

Westminster Cathedral

42 Francis Street, Westminster, England, SW1P 1QW

The Basics

Located close to Buckingham Palace, Westminster Cathedral is a popular inclusion on London sightseeing tours and hop-on hop-off bus tours. In addition to admiring the church’s red-and-white-striped facade, visitors can explore its impressive interiors, visit the treasury exhibition, or climb the bell tower for a spectacular view over the city. The cathedral is renowned for its Westminster Cathedral Choir, who sing daily Mass and Vespers.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Admission to the cathedral is free, but there is an entrance fee for the treasury and bell tower.

  • Visitor facilities include restrooms and a gift shop.

  • Westminster Cathedral is wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

Westminster Cathedral is located on Francis Street in Westminster, about a 10-minute walk south of Buckingham Palace. The nearest tube station is Victoria (Circle, District, and Victoria lines), just a few blocks away.

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When to Get There

Westminster Cathedral is open daily to visitors, and worshippers are welcome to attend the daily services, at which the choir sings, and organ recitals.

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Architecture of Westminster Cathedral

Built at the turn of the 20th century, Westminster Cathedral is known for its unique Byzantine-style architecture—the only example of its kind in London. The striking terra-cotta-brick building, the work of Victorian architect John Francis Bentley, opened in 1910. Highlights of the lavish interiors include almost 100 different types of marble, beautiful mosaics, and the Stations of the Cross, a series of 14 friezes by sculptor Eric Gill.

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