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Become a Freemason

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Our members have come from all walks of life and each with their own unique story to tell for why they became a Freemason.

Becoming a Freemason means you’ll be joining approximately 175,000 members throughout England and Wales, as well as Districts overseas.

Membership is open to any man over the age of 18 irrespective of their race or religion. In total, we have more than 7,000 Lodges, with students able to join one of 87 University Scheme Lodges. Women are invited to join one of two female-only Grand Lodges: The Order of Women Freemasons and Freemasonry for Women.

Two Freemasons are enjoying a beer at the Café and Bar at Freemasons Hall in London

Why become a Freemason?

Hear from our members and find out what they enjoy most about being a Freemason.

Membership is open to people from all backgrounds.

Our aim is to empower members to be the best they can be.

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Special interest lodges

We’ve a vast amount of special interest Lodges throughout the country. With Lodges ranging from sport, military, emergency services, classic cars, music, and occupations you’ll be sure to find yourself at home.

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Universities Scheme

Tradition and continuity are two of the values which characterise the relationship between Freemasonry and universities. We have 87 University Lodges, consisting of undergraduates, postgraduates, senior members of the university and alumni, ranging in age from 18 upwards. 

A woman Freemason

Women Freemasons

Women are invited to join one of two female-only Grand Lodges: The Order of Women Freemasons and Freemasonry for Women.

Ways to join

There are several ways to become a Freemason, your first step is to contact your nearest Lodge.

Engaged in our Communities

Service has always been a core principle of Freemasonry, and we take pride in our 300-year history of actively supporting those in need.

Frequently Asked Questions

Browse our FAQs to learn more about Freemasonry. We’ll answer everything you need to know!

Did you know?

Freemasons are responsible for Manchester City playing in blue.

In 1894 the club was in a financial crisis and was bailed out by Freemasons, who asked that in return the team wear masonic colour