Everything you need to know to plan and book your visit to Westminster Abbey
- Everything you need to know to plan and book your visit to Westminster Abbey
- Visiting Westminster Abbey: Tickets + Tours
- Visiting Westminster Abbey
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Westminster Abbey Tour with Diamond Jubilee Galleries
✔️ Skip the line entry
✔️ Exclusive access to the Diamond Jubilee Galleries
✔️ Small group tour with guide
Westminster Abbey Entrance Ticket
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✔️ Exchange at ticket office at the Abbey
Guided tour of Westminster Abbey and Houses of Parliament
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Visiting Westminster Abbey: Tickets + Tours
Nearest Tube station – Westminster (Circle, District and Jubilee lines)
How long to set aside for your visit? 1½ – 2 hours
Good to know – Entry to Westminster Abbey is included in the London Pass.
- Westminster Walking Tour & Westminster Abbey Entry – Walking tour of the top 20 sights of Westminster (3 hours) and Westminster Abbey Entrance Ticket
- Skip the Line Westminster Abbey Tour with Diamond Jubilee Galleries – Skip the queues and dive into the history of England’s most important Gothic building, including the exclusive Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries.
Prefer a guided tour of Westminster Abbey?
- Guided tour with early access to Westminster Abbey – Buy ticket
- Private 2½ hour tour of Westminster Abbey with skip-the-line and a London Blue Badge Guide. – Book here
- Skip-the-line Westminster Abbey small group tour with a guided visit & tour around the Houses of Parliament – Book here
- Verger-guided tours are available for £10 but can only be booked on arrival. Spaces are limited and are subject to change or cancellation at short notice.
- Small group tour including entry and tour of Westminster Abbey & tour of Big Ben(external) – Book here
- Walks Tours – London in a Day small group tour – includes Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London and the Changing of the Guard.
Visiting Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey Facts and Figures!
- Westminster Abbey was founded in the 10th century and is where every British monarch since 1066 has been crowned.
- The Coronation Chair (which has been used since the 14th century) can be seen in the abbey.
- It was constructed between 1245 and 1517 and is considered one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the world.
- The tombs of 17 monarchs and located in the Abbey.
- 16 royal weddings have taken place in the Abbey including the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011.
- Poets’ Corner contains memorials to many of England’s greatest writers, including Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Austen.
- The abbey’s famous “Oak Screen” was carved from a single oak tree and is considered one of the finest examples of medieval wood carving in England.
- Westminster Abbey was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
- The abbey’s bell tower, known as the Great West Tower, is the largest and highest of its kind in the UK. Its bell – known as “Great Tom” – is the largest bell in the country.
- Many famous people are buried in the Abbey including Sir Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking, George Frederic Handel, Laurence Olivier and Charles Dickens.
What to see at Westminster Abbey
If you are visiting Westminster Abbey as part of your London itinerary it is good to know a little before you visit so you don’t miss anything which is of particular interest.
- Poet’s Corner – located in the south transept more than 100 poets and writers are buried or have memorials here.
- Coronation Chair –is located in a specially-built enclosure within St George’s Chapel at the west end of the Nave. The chair has been used for the Coronation of British monarchs since 1399.
- Royal Tombs – at the eastern end of the church are the tombs of 30 kings and queens
- The Lady Chapel – is located at the Eastern end of the church and has a spectacular fan-vaulted ceiling
- The grave of the Unknown Warrior – on 11th November 1920 a body was brought from France to be buried here. The grave is located at the west end of the Nave.
- The Cloisters – is the area where the monks would have spent most of their time
- The Quire – is where the choir sit and is located in the centre of the Abbey.
- Pyx Chamber – is one of the oldest parts of the Abbey and was built around 1070 and is located off the East Chapter.
- Chapter House – is a meeting place where the monks gathered with the abbot the Chapter House is located in the East Cloister.
- The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries – Located 16 metres above the floor of the Abbey the galleries display treasures and tell the history of the Abbey. Additional charge – timed tickets.
Getting to Westminster Abbey
- Tube: The closest tube station is Westminster (Circle, District and Jubilee lines) which is less than a 5 minute walk to the Tower of London.
- Overground rail: Victoria Station
- Bus routes: There are a number of bus routes that pass by the Abbey including 11, 24, 88, 148, 211
- Uber boat: Westminster Pier
- Sightseeing buses: All major sightseeing buses pass by the Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey is a church and as such is open for services on Sundays but not for sightseeing.
- Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 3.30 PM
- Saturday – 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries
- Monday – Friday: 10:00 AM – 3.00 PM
- Saturday – 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
❗️Note that due to the Coronation of King Charles III on May 6th 2023 the Abbey is closed from Tuesday 25 April (May’s dates have at this point not been released to the public)
When is the best time to visit
- Westminster Abbey is one of the most popular tourist attractions in London so expect it to be busy!
- It can be especially crowded on Saturdays and during London’s peak season.
- If possible plan your visit for a weekday.
- Visit as early in the day as you can – be there before opening time or book a tour which allows early access or skip the line like this one.
Services at Westminster Abbey
There are regular services at Westminster Abbey which can be attended by the public and are free of charge.
- Morning Prayer
- Holy Communion
- Evening Prayer
- Sung Eucharist
Choral services are sung daily during term time by the Choir of Westminster Abbey. Sundays are the best time to visit to hear the choir as there are a number of services held. Alternatively, attend for Evensong during the week which is held around 5.00 PM.
Do check the official calendar when planning your visit.
What other London attractions are located near Westminster Abbey?
- The Houses of Parliament (Palace of Westminster)
- Big Ben
- Churchill War Rooms
- 10 Downing Street
- London Eye
- Buckingham Palace
Tips for planning your visit
- Personal photographs are allowed in the church but the use of a flash is forbidden. No pictures are allowed during services nor permitted at any time in the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor, St Faith’s Chapel or The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries.
- Food and drink – Meals are served throughout the day at the Cellarium Café and Terrace. There is also a Kiosk that offers snacks, a light meal and drinks. A popular and affordable afternoon tea is served at the Cellarium Café and Terrace.
- A multimedia guide is included with the entry ticket – it is available in 14 languages. The app can be downloaded before you visit – Apple here, Android here or you can use a device supplied upon entry to the Abbey.
- The floor of the Abbey and steps are uneven so ensure that you are wearing sensible footwear.
- Bag checks are carried out before entry to the Abbey. There is no facility to check large bags or suitcases.
- There is no dress code but visitors are requested to dress respectfully.
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