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