Westminster Cathedral- the mother church of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. It is also known as Metropolitan Cathedral located near Westminster Abbey and Parliament House
Westminster Cathedral is dedicated to the Most Precious Blood of Lord Jesus Christ. The awesome interior of the Cathedral contains fine marble-work and mosaics. The fourteen Stations of the Cross, by the sculptor Eric Gill, are world renowned.
Background history: Westminster Cathedral
The Cathedral was designed in the Early Christian Byzantine style by the Victorian architect John Francis Bentley. The foundation stone was laid in 1895 and the fabric of the building was completed eight years later.
Originally the Cathedral site was known as Bulinga Fen. The Benedictine monks who were the builders and owners of Westminster Abbey reclaimed it and subsequently used as a market and fairground. In the 17th century a part of the land was sold by the Abbey for the construction of a prison which was demolished and replaced by an enlarged prison complex in 1834. The site was acquired by the Catholic Church in 1884.
General Opening hours and admission tickets: Westminster Cathedral
Monday – Friday: 11.30am to 6pm, Saturday 10.30am to 6.30pm Sunday 11am to 1pm, 4.30pm to 7.00pm. Public Holidays: 11am to 1pm. Queue closes 30 minutes before.
Admission to Cathedral is free of charge.
Address and Nearest Tube to Westminster Cathedral
Address: 42 Francis St, Westminster, London SW1P 1QW. The front entrance to the Cathedral is off the Piazza. Access is from Victoria Street, Ashley Place, or Ambrosden Avenue. See the location in Google Map
Telephone and Email: 020 7798 9055, 020 7798 9097 Email. [email protected]
Nearest Tube Train and Bus: Victoria (Victoria Line, District & Circle), Train: Victoria, Bus-bus numbers: 11, 24, 148, 507 and 211 (Bus stop at Cathedral Piazza, on Victoria Street). Visit the Journey Planner of Transport for London to see how to get here.
Car Parking: Limited numbers of parking meters for cars in adjacent streets.