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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. Plan to visit Westminster Cathedral during your London vacation using our convenient London day trip site .
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  • Place a must for those visiting the city. It's beautiful, impressive, full of history. Worth visiting!
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  • Like others here, I regard this place as a must-see. It's a wonderfully peaceful place, with plenty to see and it has free admission like the Catholic cathedrals in Europe. However, they do not allow ...  more »
  • A must see both because of all the history but also the grandeur and impressive scale and size and appearance.  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 or holy. I love it. For years the Cathedral was my local church which I cherished. The entrence is FREE unlike to it's grand 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. The 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 COLLECTS MONEY VOLUNTARY FOR THE UPKEEP OF THE CATHEDRAL.
  • A really beautiful place. I went there to the 9.00 a.m. mass. People were friendly and welcoming. At the entrance you can find books with the prayers and readings, so that you can follow the service in English.
  • I had the honour of serving mass at Westminster Cathedral for over 25years it s the most beautiful of all churches. The late Cardinal Hume was a kind and gentle paster to his flock.
  • Many people come to this famous cathedral to get married. The site was once a prison but transformed into a magnificent Cathedral in 1895.
  • A very unusual building on the outside, reminiscent of Geraldton Cathedral, but more traditional on the inside. Mass here is amazing. I attended a solemn mass sung in Latin for the first time, which was a bit odd for me, but a real treat. I even had a chance to have tea with the parish locals and have a chat afterwards. Plan which mass you want to attend.

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