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.

There are more than 3,000 souls honoured throughout the chapels and cloisters of the Abbey and there’s even an entire stained glass window dedicated to Isambard Kingdom Brunel. In the renowned Poets’ Corner in the South Transept, creatives such as Jane Austen, William Blake, Sir John Betjeman and Shakespeare are all commemorated, amongst others.

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 for a major new display that will reopen in 2018 as The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries.

Due to the fact that Westminster Abbey is still a fully functioning church, the visiting times often vary, so check the website first if you’re planning to go down to see which bits will be accessible. If you’re determined on popping by regardless, the Cellarium Café makes for a pleasant spot to stop; it’s typically open weekdays from 8am, Saturdays from 9am and Sundays from 9.30am. It’s also worth noting that audio-guided tours run every day detailing the Abbey’s highlights.

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.

By: Laura Lee Davies

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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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Jane G.
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I agree with the last reviewer... I can't believe it took me so long to visit Westminster Abbey. I made a date with a friend who was visiting and grumbling when I saw the line, regretted agreeing. The line was orderly and went very quickly. It was amazing and I am so happy I went. I like history and it was great to see the tombs of Bloody Mary, Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I, along with all the famous literary figures plaques. What i found the most interesting was how small it was, whenever I had seen it on TV I thought it was huge, but standing in the midst of it was was shocked. There is audio commentary. I agree that it's expense because it doesn't take much more than an hour of your time but still worth going.

Paula - ToT
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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!!