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“Beyond Beauty” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey
Broad Sanctuary, London SW1P 3PA, England (Westminster / Belgravia)
44 20 7222 5152
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Ranked #27 of 853 Attractions in London
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Walking
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Westminster Abbey was initially built by Henry III in 1245 and it is one of the most important Gothic buildings of England. At first home of Benedictine monks, the coronation church since 1066 and the final resting place of 17 monarchs. It contains a treasury full of paintings, stained glass, pavements, textiles, various other artifacts and books plus the most significant collection of monumental sculptures of the UK.
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“Beyond Beauty”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014 via mobile

We have wanted to visit here for a long time. Unfortunately we got there quite late and couldn't take the time needed for this trip, but that does mean we have to go back one day, and we definitely will.
Westminster Abbey is truly magnificent, the staff are extremely friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Our son had a quiz sheet to work through which points the children to important parts to see and is great for them.
The entrance fee feels a little steep, but under 11's go free. We will definitely go back, need hours there to take it all in. Shame we couldn't take photos inside.

Visited April 2014
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“Brings London and British history together”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We really enjoyed our visit to Westminster Abbey. As Americans, we have some knowledge of events in English history and this place ties a lot of those in. Here you can see the grave of Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots and also see the place of coronations, funerals, and weddings. The guide there not only answered a question about Sir Isaac Newton's grave location but also walked us there and explained the meanings of his memorial. The Lady's chapel was one the most beautiful things we saw on our trip. This place should be a must on any tour of London.

Visited April 2014
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“Excellent Verger Tour, Stunning Sight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

What a beautiful and interesting place to visit! There are so many nooks and crannies and such historical significance in this Abbey that I would highly recommend the Verger tour. Our guide, Ben, was excellent! He personalized the tour in a way that was special for everyone, and told the story of Westminster in such a way it was fun and enjoyable even though you were learning a tonne! I would recommend seeing Westminster Abbey after the Tower of London because it helps to continue the timeline of history and we had a better frame of reference after the Tower. We used our London Pass which allowed us to beat the line up (also highly recommend). Go early to take advantage of the day.

Visited March 2014
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“Steeped in history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Westminster Abbey is a must visit site in London. It spans many centuries of British history with the impressive tombs of Queen Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots and the Unknown soldier among others. The Coronation Chair, Poets corner, the cloisters and gardens are well worth a visit.

You need to get there before last admissions at 1530 and the lovely gardens are only open on certain days.

Entry is expensive at £18.00 per person but the audio is included in the price and well worth using for a good insight into the Abbey.

Visited April 2014
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“Best Cathedral I've Ever Visited”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

There is so much to see in Westminster, it is almost mind-numbing. There is an admission charge and the family admission only covers one child (children under 11 are free). The audio guide is very well done and is included in the admission price; don't skip it. The sense of history in Westminster is amazing. Tombs of famous people and beautiful architecture. Because of limited time in our schedule, we almost skipped this. It would have been a huge mistake. Make this a priority visit in London. It is right next to Parliament and Big Ben and a short walk from Buckingham Palace, the Churchill War Rooms and the Cavalry Museum. Even my kids, who are not big history buffs, were awed by this visit.

Visited March 2014
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