Westminster Abbey

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Gothic grandeur at its most splendid. See where 16 royal weddings, a lot of funerals and every coronation since 1066 have taken place

Like the Pantheon Crypt in Paris, where you can see the tombs and memorials to great figures from history, Westminster Abbey is a popular attraction to peruse the graves, tablets, busts and stone dedications. Seventeen kings and queens are buried here, along with dukes, countesses and history’s ‘celebs’ – Darwin, Dickens, Hardy, Behn, Olivier, etc.

Tributes to over 3,000 departed souls are located all over the Abbey’s chapels and cloisters, including the famous Poets’ Corner in the South Transept, where creative greats from Jane Austen to Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Blake to Betjeman, Shakespeare to Scott are all commemorated. Isambard Kingdom Brunel gets his own stained glass window.

As well as the various main visitor areas accessible in the Abbey itself, the gardens that once served the monastery are often open too. However, the Abbey Museum is now closed and is being refurbished as a major new display that will reopen in 2018 as The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries.

Opening times vary due to services and Abbey business, so check the website for details of which areas are going to be open when on the day you want to visit. The Cellarium Café is usually open weekdays from 8am, 9am on Saturdays and 9.30am on Sundays. There are daily tours available, which look at highlights around the Abbey. These don’t need to be booked in advance but it’s worth checking what times these are running on the day you want to visit. All entry tickets include a free audio guide for each person.

Westminster Abbey is a magnificent place to hear choral performances, classical concerts and recitals. On Sundays there are free 30-minute organ recitals at 5.45pm and daily there are services as Abbey life continues around you.

Venue name: Westminster Abbey
Contact:
Address: Broad Sanctuary
20 Deans Yd
London
SW1P 3PA
Opening hours: Opening times vary depending on events and areas you want to visit. Check the website for times on the day you want to visit
Transport: Tube: Westminster or St James's Park
Price: £20, £17 concs., £9 under-17s, under-fives free, family from £40
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I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to visit Westminster Abbey - I've lived in London all my life but only visited Westminster Abbey very recently.  It’s full of history and a recommended attraction to anyone who has an interest in the subject.  For those who like literature, it’s also worth a visit so you can see where some of the greatest writers in English history are buried/commemorated.  A beautiful building inside and out.  The staff are extremely helpful and knowledgeable.

Sonny C
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Fascinating & beautiful. The price (£20) is a bit steep but a couple of hours here is priceless. Gorgeous architecture & graves or memorials commemorating a who's who of British monarchy, nobility, politicians & unbeknownst to me a myriad a poets, playwrights, actors & scientists. I was surprised by some names & inclusions- some very recent. Any history buff will be in heaven. Excellent free audio guide points out the relevant points of interest & gives background information on the history of this unique & unmissable heritage site. Friendly & informative staff are a bonus. Not just for the tourists- a must for locals & visitors alike

isabela

It is just breath taking place, I love the history of this place and the architecture. It is a very important London gem.

George A

One of the most well known places, in London.. Such a beautiful building, highly recommend to anyone.. Learnt a lot about the history of the building on my trip, and tour!! A must , for everyone!!