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Westminster Cathedral, London

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Admire classic 19th-century Neo-Byzantine architecture at Westminster Cathedral. Located in the heart of London, the cathedral holds the title for the oldest Catholic church in England and Wales. Wander through the main sanctuary and surrounding chapels to enjoy ornate mosaics and marble furnishings free of charge. For a small fee, you can climb the cathedral’s high tower for sprawling views of the city. Visit during a service for awe-inspiring organ music and choral performances. For Westminster Cathedral and beyond, use our London travel itinerary maker to get the most from your London vacation.
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  • The mother church of the Catholic Church in England and Wales is tucked behind stores on the main road. Well worth the visit as it is beautiful inside and out. Also a good place to go if you wish to a...  more »
  • Incredibly beautiful! In the heart of London you have a Place to meditate and enjoy the arts of Mosaic.  more »
  • This is well worth an hour or two. The architecture is marvelous and the artistry exceptional. Be sure to take the lift upto the top and view London from below.  more »
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  • Westminster Catholic Cathedral is not as old as one might think but it doesn't mean that is less grand, special and holy. I love it. For years Cathedral was my local church which I cherish. The entrence is FREE unlike to it's neighbours. Always very quiet with plenty of places for a prayer and several masses all day round with the late afternoon sung (Choir). And there are confessions all day, too. Cathedral has a tower which will take you 64m above the ground for only £6 and a little shop selling rosaries, books, crosses, postcards and other things. AND THERE IS A BOX WHICH COLLECT MONEY VOLUNTARY FOR THE UPKEEP OF THE CATHEDRAL.
  • Often largely empty, even on important occassions, very few people attend. If you get lucky, you may hear the boys' choir. They are achingly good. This place is also good for the crazy Phillipino nuns who hang aroud with illuminated globes; and a trip up the tower is also well worth your time.
  • Quite a nice cathedral. Built with red bricks, it changes from the typical Gothic cathedral we're used to. The inside is nice, lots of beautiful paintings & sculptures. You can also go at the top of the tower (for a few £) to enjoy a splendid view!
  • The most beautiful piece of church architecture and my the first major church that I have visited. A very special little Cafe hidden away always worth a look see. I had my holy communion here back in the early 70s. My school St Vincent de Paul is right beside it.
  • It's a beautiful place crowded with tourists. Definitely a must see for anyone visiting London for the first time. Be sure to check visiting hours; sometimes they close early for a special service. Despite closing at 12pm that day, we were able to get in the morning and see the awesome architecture and burial places. It's huge; easy to get lost in. We weren't allowed to take photos inside.