St Etheldreda’s is one of London’s hidden gems, a beautiful and historic building and the oldest Roman Catholic Church in England. The church is open every day, with regular Mass in English and Latin. St Etheldreda’s boasts a fine musical tradition, and is available for weddings and baptisms.
Going from the busy, hi-tech newsroom to this ancient place is like a screeching hand-brake turn in your day.
Listen to an audio guide to St Etheldreda’s by journalist and broadcaster Julie Etchingham.
Monday to Saturday: 8am-5pm
St Etheldreda’s is situated in Ely Place, a historic gated road off Holborn Circus in Central London. There is some on-street parking in Ely Place, but it gets busy in the weekdays. St Etheldreda’s is in the Congestion Charge Zone, which operates 7am-6pm on weekdays only.
The nearest tube stations are Chancery Lane (Central Line) and Farringdon (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan Lines). Overground trains arrive into Farringdon and City Thameslink.
Buses 8, N8, 25, 242, 390, 521 all stop nearby on High Holborn, and the 63 on Farringdon Road.
To plan your journey using public transport, try TFL’s Journey Planner.