Westminster Cathedral

Westminster Cathedral
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Westminster Cathedral address and telephone

Westminster Cathedral is located at: 42 Francis Street, Victoria,
London SW1P 1QW
You can contact Westminster Cathedral on Work +44 (0) 207 798 9055
The Westminster Cathedral website can be visited at westminstercathedral.org.uk

Westminster Cathedral opening times and ticket price

Opening hours:
Westminster Cathedral is open to the public from: Cathedral: Usually 7 AM to 6 PM (Mon-Fri); 8 AM to 6.30 PM (Sat); 8 AM to 7.30 PM (Sun) – Bell tower: 9.30 AM to 5 PM (Mon-Fri); 9.30 AM to 6 PM (Sat-Sun) – Treasures exhibition: 9.30 AM to 5 PM (Mon-Fri); 9.30 AM to 6 PM (Sat-Sun)
Visiting hours are subject to change, and may not apply on public holidays. Always reconfirm whether it’s open to visitors before making plans to visit Westminster Cathedral
Time required:
A typical visit to Westminster Cathedral lasts 1 hour (approx)

How to get to Westminster Cathedral

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Westminster Cathedral is the most important Roman Catholic church in England, and is the seat of the Catholic Archbiship of Westminster. When it was designed by John Francis Bentley in the 1890s he eschewed the Gothic style popular with Victorians, and went for a striking Byzantine exterior. The fact that London’s Protestant Gothic masterpiece, Westminster Abbey, was just a stone’s throw from the pulpit may have had a lot to do with this bold statement.

On first viewing the cathedral doesn’t even look like an English church – its red-and-white stripped exterior looks more like a Turkish temple. The cupola was modelled on the one at St. Sophia. And its 83-metre tall bell-tower (or campanile), has a passing resemblance to the Basilica of St. Mark.

Inside Westminster Cathedral

The interior is certainly worth a visit… it’s quite unlike anything that you will expect. The famous fourteen Stations of the Cross depicting Christ’s crucifixion were carved by Eric Gill in 1918, and the nave is the widest in the country – with seats enough for twelve hundred. It is 342 feet long, 156 feet wide and almost as tall again – 117 feet.

The decoration hit a snag when funds for the marble ran out halfway through. Bentley was forced to continue the upper-half in bare brick.

The cathedral’s campanile

A popular pastime for tourists is a climb up the cathedral’s campanile, with fine views of Buckingham Palace and Parliament. There is even a lift installed, so you won’t have to struggle up the stairs.

Most Londoners are unaware of the secret that awaits them at the summit… the cross at the top is said to contain a relic of the ‘True Cross’ – a piece removed from Christ’s own crucifix.

  •  Guest – “Not quite what I was expecting. The outside is just plain weird and garish with striped bricks. I don't like it at all. The inside is better - more like a traditional church. The ceiling is interesting because it is jet black. From halfway up the walls it is just black, like the whole thing is a big chimney covered in soot. It makes the inside very dark and atmospheric.”
  •  Guest – “Victoria is full of concrete, steel and glass, which is just boring. The cathedral is the only thing round there worth lookingat. You walk around the corner and you go, oh wow! It is such a surprising site that it is worth a visit just to look at the outside.”

If you like Westminster Cathedral, then you might also like…

> Brompton Oratory Brompton Oratory is an Italian baroque church near the Victoria & Albert Museum.
> Westminster Abbey Westminster Abbey, burial place to England’s kings and queens, spans 1,000 years of history.
> St. Paul’s Cathedral St. Paul’s Cathedral, built after the Great Fire in 1666, boasts the second largest dome in Europe.

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