Westminster Cathedral

Westminster Cathedral is a supreme achievement of art with many distinguished works of artistic merit.

About this church

A warm welcome to Westminster Cathedral, the seat of the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster and the Mother Church for Roman Catholics in England and Wales. For over a hundred years countless Christians and visitors of every faith and none have crossed the threshold of this holy place, sensing the presence of God and filling it with prayer and contemplation.

Our Cathedral was opened in 1903, designed by John Francis Bentley, the leading church architect of his day, and inspired by the early Byzantine architecture of the Mediterranean. Since 1930 the Cathedral has been home to a shrine of the English saint and martyr St John Southworth, a Lancashire priest who lived and ministered to the poor in the streets of Westminster and died for his faith in 1654.

Over a hundred different varieties of marble decorate Westminster Cathedral (126 at the last count), almost certainly more than in any other building in England. They come from twentyfour countries on five continents and many of them were used in ancient Greece and Rome. Simon Jenkins says that the interior 'is one of London's finest indoor spaces'.

Enjoy a virtual tour here:

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Social heritage stories
  • National heritage here
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Train station within 250m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets in church
  • Non-accessible toilets in church
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Café in church
  • Café within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike
  • Church shop or souvenirs

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Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey presents a unique pageant of British history; the shrine of St Edward the Confessor, the tombs of kings and queens, and countless memorials to the famous and the great, it has been the setting for every Coronation since 1066 and for numerous other royal occasions.

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