Marvel at the incredible architecture of Westminster Abbey, an active place of worship and UNESCO World Heritage Site in London.
Founded by Benedictine monks in 960 AD, the abbey is Britain's coronation church and the setting for many special ceremonies, including the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011 and the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in 2022.
What is there to see at Westminster Abbey?
Westminster Abbey has been the site of coronation for all British monarchs since 1066 and is home to the ancient Coronation Chair, which is found in St George’s Chapel.
It is also the final resting place of 30 kings and queens with memorials to Edward the Confessor, Richard II, Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots and more royal tombs found within the abbey.
Visit Poets’ Corner, where more than 100 poets and writers are buried or commemorated, including Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare, Jane Austen and Charles Dickens.
Step inside the Lady Chapel and gaze up at its awe-inspiring vaulted ceiling; see ancient murals at The Chapter House in the East Cloister; enjoy the Queen’s Window designed by world-renowned artist David Hockney; and head to the West Door to pay tribute the statues of 10 heroic Modern Martyrs, including Martin Luther King Jr.
How long does a visit take?
With so much history and heritage to discover, you could easily spend two to three hours exploring Westminster Abbey.
How can I get tickets?
Tickets can be booked online in advance – book Westminster Abbey tickets now. Multimedia guides are available in multiple languages and included with your ticket.
Can I go to a service?
Westminster Abbey is an active place of worship. All are welcome to attend the daily services for free, including morning prayer, holy communion, sung eucharist and evensong.
There are also a number of special services throughout the year, which are by invitation only or may require tickets to be booked in advance.
What are the opening hours?
Westminster Abbey is open from 9.30am to 3.30pm from Monday to Friday, and 9am to 3pm on Saturday. On Sunday, it is open for worship only. Opening times may vary, depending on events and services taking place in the abbey.
Is there a gift shop?
Westminster Abbey has two gift shops, offering an extensive range of items and souvenirs to remember your visit. From books and jewellery to gifts, many of the items are inspired by the history of the abbey, the royal family and London.
Where is Westminster Abbey?
Westminster Abbey is in Westminster, central London.
How to get there:
- Tube - The closest Tube stations are Westminster (Jubilee, District and Circle lines) and St James's Park (Jubilee, District and Circle lines), which are both about five minutes' walk away.
- Bus - Various bus routes stop close to Westminster Abbey (bus lines 11, 24, 26, 148 and 211).
- Cycling - Rent a bike with Santander Cycles and take the direction of Westminster Abbey. You can find docking stations at Storey’s Gate and Westminster Pier.
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