An essential addition to any visit to London and set in the heart of the city, Westminster Abbey is legendary and iconic
An essential addition to any visit to London and set in the heart of the city, Westminster Abbey is legendary and iconic. Boasting a rich history that spans over one thousand years, the site was originally occupied by Benedictine monks in the middle of the tenth century. The current gothic masterpiece has stood there for about 700 years.
The imperious gothic master work is truly breathtaking and the intricate stained glass is some of the most beautiful in the UK.
The oldest piece of furniture in the country that is currently used for its original purpose, the sacred chair was created for King Edward I in 1296. The throne has played host to the coronation of every single monarch since 1308. Queen Victoria was crowned here, as well as Elizabeth II, our current reigning Queen.
This section of the south transept of the abbey is so called due to the large amount of writers and poets buried there, including Rudyard Kipling, Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy. The corner is also decorated with many memorial stones and busts dedicated to the likes of William Shakespeare and poet laureate Ted Hughes.
Kings and Queens
A place of monumental British history and intrigue, an incredible seventeen monarchs are buried at Westminster Abbey. It was also the venue for William and Kate’s fairytale wedding in 2011.
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Monday – Friday 9:30am – 3:30pm
Saturday – 9:00am - 1:00pm [9:00am – 3:00pm May - August]
Sunday - Closed
The Abbey closes for visiting one hour after the above times.
Guests are free to visit the Abbey at any time of the day that the ticket is valid for.
* Monday to Friday - Due to daily service there will be no entry between 12:00pm to 1:00pm. However visitors already in the Abbey do not need to leave during this time.
* The Abbey is a fully working church therefore we are subject to closures at short notice.
* Wednesday 25 April 2018 – Closed all day
* Wednesday 9 May 2018 Open 9:30am – 2:00pm – Closed after 2:00pm
* Monday 14 May 2018 Open 9:30am – 12:30pm – Closed after 12:30pm
* Tuesday 15 May 2018 Open 9:30 am – 1:00pm – Closed after 1:00pm
* Wednesday 16 May 2018 – Closed all day
* Monday 21 May 2018 Open only from 12:30pm until 3:30pm – Closed after 3:30pm
* Wednesday 23 May 2018 – Closed all day.
* Thursday 24 May 2018 Open only from 2:00pm – 3:30pm – Closed after 3:30pm
* Friday 25 May 2018 Open 9:30am – 3:00pm – Closed after 3:00pm