London: Westminster Cathedral (Attractions)

London: Westminster Cathedral (Attractions)

Source: Joan E, Londonist
Nearest Station: Victoria
Address: 42 Francis Street, London, SW1P 1QW
Entry price: Free admission to services. Tower Viewing Gallery: Adults – £6, Concessions – £3. Exhibition: Adults – £5, Concessions – £2.50.
Typical opening hours: Tower and Exhibition – Monday to Friday from 9:30 to 17:00, closing an hour later on Saturday and Sunday.
Phone: 0207 798 9096
Tickets: Buy these directly at the venue.

Westminster Cathedral is often missed by visitors to the city, as many stop at the nearby Westminster Abbey instead. The two churches are not to be confused. 

Even during peak summer season, this church is often very empty as far as visitors are concerned.

Westminster Cathedral is the principal Roman Catholic church in the UK and dates from 1903 (whereas Westminster Abbey is Protestant).

Many people walk past the church and miss it, maybe even assuming it is a mosque due to the large tower and unusual architecture.

The tower is actually home to a viewing gallery (with lift access), and the church houses an exhibition – Treasures of Westminster Cathedral – where you can see rare collections of objects and learn about the church’s construction. 

Both of these activities are paid admission. However, entry into the church to see the beautiful mosaics and marble-work (or for prayer) is free at all times. 

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