About Freemasonry

Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest secular fraternal societies. 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.

Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. Its roots lie in the traditions and ceremonies of the medieval stonemasons who built our cathedrals and castles. Some rituals are still celebrated today.


Freemasonry has always been about making good men better. Individuals aim to shape their lives round five core principles.

  • Integrity: We say what we mean and we keep our promises.
  • Kindness: Although our families come first, we believe in playing a key role in our communities and give time and money to charitable ventures.
  • Honesty: We pride ourselves on openness, about what being a Freemason means for us.
  • Fairness: We treat everyone as equal – we listen to others, explore any differences and look for common ground.
  • Tolerance: We respect the opinions of others and behave with understanding towards them.


Freemasonry means different things to each individual – making new friends, contributing to society, celebrating a long tradition, experiencing personal growth, taking up a hobby, having fun.

If you are interested in joining Freemasonry you will find lots of useful information on the Craft, including a Frequently Asked Questions section, and details on the Universities Scheme which aims to encourage younger people to join Masonry.

We are always happy to spend time talking to students about the fraternity, dispelling many of the myths you may have come across, and also to give you a tour of Freemasons' Hall on London Road, Leicester. Come and discover the truth behind the mystery!