Westminster Cathedral has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence for 2014 by popular travel website TripAdvisor. The award recognises ‘consistently earned outstanding feedback from TripAdvisor travellers’.
The prestigious award is based on the quality of reviews and opinions that tourists have submitted to the website over last twelve months. The Cathedral is currently rated 4.5 out of a possible 5, based on over 300 reviews.
Recent comments have focused on the peace and tranquillity than can be found in the Cathedral among the hustle and bustle of the city. Hugh Mackay from Oxford said:
“I visited the Cathedral several times recently and have been struck by the peacefulness of the place. You are never rushed and you can just sit down and take it all in”.
Other recent reviews have praised Cardinal Vincent and the priests of the Cathedral for the Easter services, in particular the prayerful atmosphere that was created and the quality of the music from the famous choir. KPatL88 from Kuala Lumpar for example:
“I visited the Cathedral for the Good Friday Liturgy with Cardinal Nichols as the Principal Celebrant.
Very moving service with the joy of listening to the Cathedral Choir...lovely to sit and take in the atmosphere.”
DALee8 from Shanghai left the following message:
“The Solemn Mass on Sunday features the famous Choir, and this always attracts some tourists/visitors as well as the normal complement of worshippers. We attended the 10.30 am Mass on Sun 11 May. The Cathedral was half-full when we arrived, just after 10 am. It filled up to near-full capacity as the Mass started. We really enjoyed the experience of celebrating Solemn Mass in such a wonderful environment, and with so many in the Congregation. The music was beautiful and inspiring, as expected.”
Other qualities highlighted by the reviews included the quality of St Paul’s Bookshop next door, the view from the bell tower and the unique architecture of the building.
To see more reviews of the Cathedral, click HERE.