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Westminster Cathedral Tours

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Westminster Cathedral
Not to be confused with the more-famous Westminster Abbey, just a short walk away, Westminster Cathedral is England’s most important Roman Catholic Church and an architectural landmark in its own right.

The Basics
Located close to Buckingham Palace, Westminster Cathedral is a popular inclusion on London sightseeing tours and hop-on hop-off bus tours. In addition to admiring the church’s red-and-white-striped facade, visitors can explore its impressive interiors, visit the treasury exhibition, or climb the bell tower for a spectacular view over the city. The cathedral is renowned for its Westminster Cathedral Choir, who sing daily Mass and Vespers.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Admission to the cathedral is free, but there is an entrance fee for the treasury and bell tower. 
  • Visitor facilities include restrooms and a gift shop.
  • Westminster Cathedral is wheelchair accessible.

How to Get There
Westminster Cathedral is located on Francis Street in Westminster, about a 10-minute walk south of Buckingham Palace. The nearest tube station is Victoria (Circle, District, and Victoria lines), just a few blocks away. 

When to Get There
Westminster Cathedral is open daily to visitors, and worshippers are welcome to attend the daily services, at which the choir sings, and organ recitals.

Architecture of Westminster Cathedral
Built at the turn of the 20th century, Westminster Cathedral is known for its unique Byzantine-style architecture—the only example of its kind in London. The striking terra-cotta-brick building, the work of Victorian architect John Francis Bentley, opened in 1910. Highlights of the lavish interiors include almost 100 different types of marble, beautiful mosaics, and the Stations of the Cross, a series of 14 friezes by sculptor Eric Gill.  
Address: 42 Francis Street, Westminster SW1P 1QW, England
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9 Tours and Activities to Experience Westminster Cathedral

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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

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Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with stops including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights and upgrade to The Big London Day Out option to get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel. Hop off to enjoy a free walking tour and a Thames River cruise.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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The London Eye with London Hop-on Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

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The London Eye with London Hop-on Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

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See London from the streets, water, and sky with this great-value package that lets you explore London at your own pace. Easily reach top sights without spending a fortune on cab fare with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket valid for 1, 2, or 3 days. You’ll also get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel and glide past Parliament and Big Ben on a Thames River cruise.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Classic Westminster (Private 2 Hour Tour)

Classic Westminster (Private 2 Hour Tour)

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There’s so much history crammed into this one neighbourhood, you’ll be struggling to keep up. From memorials to greats in Westminster Abbey to the heartbeat of British government in Whitehall to the scene of all action, No. 10 Downing Street…this tour is a fast-paced thriller. Most-photographed, most-recognised and most-loved, every landmark helps you tick off your entire London-essentials list. Buzz of Trafalgar Square, elegance of St. James's Park, to the glamour of Buckingham Palace, it’s a feast all the way. Broad boulevards, and the vistas long -- the perfect backdrop for the pomp and pageantry of royal occasions. Piccadilly Circus, London Eye, River Thames, Hyde Park, Albert Hall, even Harrods…you’ll forget to look at your phone. We even do 3 UNESCO World Heritage and 2 Tudor Palaces. Themes vary from British Monarchy’s Royal Palaces to Pomp and Ceremony to UK Parliament and Brexit to Winston Churchill’s Darkest Hour in World War Two. Which will it be for you today?
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  • 2 hours
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 The World in One City: One day across the Globe

The World in One City: One day across the Globe

Due to London's diverse range of race, ethnicity and religion, it is often described as "The World in One City". In London, every culture is welcome. On this tour, you will explore London’s vibrant diversity. In one day you will travel to all continents. You will feel yourself in India, China, Brazil, Middle East, Africa, Eastern and Central Europe. Only London can offer you this one day journey across the globe! • Explore the Roman Wall and the Tower of London • Walk across Chinatown and discover enchanting Chinese Pagoda • Feel yourself at the beginning of civilisation at Neasden temple • See magnificent Central Mosque and Explore Bevis Marks Synagogue • Walk inside of the Westminster Cathedral • Explore multicultural markets
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  • 10 hours
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Private Tour. The World in One City: One day across the Globe

Private Tour. The World in One City: One day across the Globe

Due to London's diverse range of race, ethnicity and religion, it is often described as "The World in One City". In London, every culture is welcome. On this tour, you will explore London’s vibrant diversity. In one day you will travel to all continents. You will feel yourself in India, China, Brazil, Middle East, Africa, Eastern and Central Europe. Only London can offer you this one day journey across the globe! • Explore the Roman Wall and the Tower of London • Walk across Chinatown and discover enchanting Chinese Pagoda • Feel yourself at the beginning of civilisation at Neasden temple • See magnificent Central Mosque and Explore Bevis Marks Synagogue • Walk inside of the Westminster Cathedral • Explore multicultural markets
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  • 8 hours
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Private London Tour by Traditional Black Cab: City Sights from Above and Below

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See London’s iconic sights from a variety of vantage points on a black cab tour that goes above and below ground. With a knowledgeable driver, descend to the city’s subterranean tunnels and climb to vertiginous viewing platforms offering sweeping vistas of the English capital. Climb the spiral stairs of the Monument to the Great Fire of London; gaze at the glittering River Thames as you travel over it on a cable car; and marvel at the elegant dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral, an architectural masterpiece by Sir Christopher Wren. Receive the undivided attention of your guide on this private tour.
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The Devil's Acre Walking Tour

The Devil's Acre Walking Tour

The residentail area adjacent to Westminster Abbey, was known as the Devil's Acre, The name alone would have given you an indication that it was a place that you would enter at your own risk. So much so that even the police feared to go into its narrow and dark streets Victorian Britain was the most powerful and richest nation in the world, yet some people who lived in the capital weren't so lucky. Mortility of children was high, crime was rife, disease was common and the accommodation of the residents was was horrendous. Hear how the politicians, the wealthy and the press went about tackling the many social problems that had been ignored for too long.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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London's Darkest Hour (Private Half Day Tour)

London's Darkest Hour (Private Half Day Tour)

Left spellbound by the 2017 blockbuster ‘Darkest Hour’? Repeat the experience offscreen, with our new London tour. The movie bagged 6 nominations for Academy Awards and an Oscar for Best Actor Oldman. Our latest adaption will have you waxing eloquent too. Travel back to 1940 in a time machine (in one of our traditional London Black Cabs, which doubled up as fire engines in the World War 2). Your Private Driver Guide, an enthusiastic war historian, storms you through the violence of ‘The Blitz’. Feel the jitters as you visualise Nazi Germany threatening Western Europe and Great Britain’s very existence. Follow in the footprints of Winston Churchill and trace the turn of events from that unsettling era at Westminster and Whitehall. For an apt closure to a war-themed tour, pick Churchill War Rooms, Imperial War Museum or Warship HMS Belfast. Leave the headache of pre-ordering and pre-paying for skip-the-line tickets to our concierge team, while you have the time of your life.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$319.72
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Palaces and Parks Historical Walking Tour in Westminster - Private tour!

Palaces and Parks Historical Walking Tour in Westminster - Private tour!

Hit all the most famous sights in one tour! Learn the fascinating history of London whilst getting some great photos too! Your guide is passionate about London's history and here to make your tour fun and engaging! Hear the stories behind the monarchy; why does it exist, how it almost fell, the intrigues at court, how to tell if the Queen is home, and the Gunpowder plot that almost brought the country to its knees.. Learn what it means to be 'hung, drawn and quartered', walk through beautiful Royal parks, wave at the Queen and meet the mounted cavalry soldiers! Sites visited include: Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, Nelson's Column, Admiralty Arch, Buckingham Place, St James Palace, St James park, Whitehall Parade, Churchill's War Rooms, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, and Big Ben. (We visit the outside of these locations, please be aware if you want to enter any of the buildings you will need a separate ticket. Please contact us if you would like help arranging this.)
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$78.30
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