Why You Shouldn’t Miss This
One of London’s oldest buildings, the Westminster Abbey boasts of stunning Gothic architecture and exquisite stained glass. This iconic structure has hosted 38 coronations, starting with that of William the Conqueror. It has also seen the royal weddings of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and Prince William. You will also get to see the Coronation Chair, which was created for King Edward I in 1296, and has since been the seat for the crowing of every monarch. To explore the Westminster Abbey is to take a trip back in time.
The Westminster Abbey was formed by Benedictine monks during the tenth century. Today, this site is visited by over a million people every year. The current structure was started by Henry III, who wanted it to be the site of his burial, and it is now one of the most important Gothic structures in the country. It is here that 17 British monarchs, and other exemplary figures such as Isaac Newton and Charles Dickens, are laid to rest. Apart from the Coronation Chair, you will also get to see Poets’ Corner, named as such due to the number of poets and writer buried there. Your audioguide is available in 12 languages, and will give incredible insight into the architecture as well as historical importance of the church throughout the British Empire’s reign.
Know Before You Go
- Photography is not allowed inside the Abbey.
- Visitors are not allowed to carry large suitcases or bulky items inside the Abbey.
Monday to Friday - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Saturday - 9 AM to 1 PM (9 AM - 3 PM between May-August)
Sunday - Closed.
Please note that the Abbey closes for visiting one hour before the aforementioned times.
- Tube: The nearest stations are St. James's Park (District and Circle lines) and Westminster (Circle, District and Jubilee lines).
- Train: The nearest stations are Victoria and Waterloo.
- Bus: 11, 24, 88, 148 and 211 pass the entrance. 3, 12, 53, 53X, 87, 88, 109, 159 and 453 stop close enough for you to walk to the Abbey.
Some areas are unavoidably inaccessible to those permanently confined to wheelchairs. It is recommended that people using wheelchairs enter through the North Door.
Guide dogs are allowed at the Abbey.
What to Wear
Comfortable shoes are recommended as much of the floor and steps of the Abbey are uneven. While there is no strictly enforced dress code, please note that the Abbey is a place of worship, and it is better to be dressed modestly.
Strict Cancellation Policy
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