Becoming a Freemason is like going on a journey. From joining as an Entered Apprentice, it typically takes one or two years to become a Master Mason, with each of the three stages marked by a special ceremony. For some, it’s about making new friends and acquaintances. For others it’s about being able to help deserving causes – making a contribution to family and society. For most, it is a fascinating, enjoyable, life-long hobby. Members are expected to be of high moral standing and are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry. The following information is intended to explain Freemasonry as it is practised under the United Grand Lodge of England, which administers Lodges of Freemasons in England and Wales and in many places overseas.


Any man over the age of 21 may join regardless of ethnic group, political views, economic standing or religion, although he is expected to have a faith. Students over 18 can join one of 73 Universities Scheme Lodges. UGLE oversees lodges in England, Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, whilst Scotland and Ireland have their own Grand Lodges.


If you don't know anyone who is a member and that you can talk to, then your first step is to approach your local lodge or one which shares your interests - there are over 7,000 to choose from.


Or check out our Contact page and let us put you in touch with your local lodges.

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"On leaving the Forces, I was looking to join an organisation with a similar sense of comradeship, made up of ‘good men who did good for others’. I found it in Freemasonry."

- Ex Military Freemason (not in the photo).

Photog: Unknown. Would readily give credit if attribution could be determined.