Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey, London: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Westminster Abbey Reviews: 4.5/5

Westminster Abbey
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
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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, books and various other artefacts plus the most significant collection of monumental sculptures of the UK. The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries in the Abbey's Triforium opened in June 2018. Explore over 1,000 years of history in this truly unique space, high above the Abbey floor.
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Neighborhood: Westminster
If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square, and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just up the road as well. As captivating as the architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.
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London, UK147 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
I made the visit to see the tomb of Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots. I was really disappointed to find that both tombs were completely closed and offered no access to them as a result of the Covid pandemic.

I was really gutted as it was the only reason I made the visit. There’s so many crypts that you just can’t get near enough to read or learn about. It appeared to me that most of the areas had been closed for a long time (not just because of the pandemic outbreak).

It’s a spectacular building and probably still a must visit for those coming to London for the first time. But if you compare it to Windsor Castle, I think Windsor has the upper hand.

The more interesting tombs etc were simply out of reach...
Written June 1, 2021
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Thank your for your comments. A small number of chapels with narrow, limited access are currently closed for social distancing reasons. Most can still be viewed from the main visitor route (with the exception of Elizabeth I/Mary Tudor, and the Stuart Chapel). Information about these closures is published on both our website and our ticketing site. With the exception of St. John the Baptist chapel (closed for conservation reasons), all these areas were open to visitors pre-pandemic. We hope to be able to re-open these chapels in July 2021. Best wishes Visitor Experience Team Westminster Abbey
Written June 9, 2021
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isabella a
Mongolia22 contributions
Westminster Abbey, formally titled the Collegiate Church of
Sep 2020
Westminster Abbey, formally titled the Collegiate Church of Saint Peter at Westminster, is a large, mainly Gothic abbey church in the City of Westminster, London, England, just to the west of the Palace of Westminster. It is one of the United Kingdom's most notable religious buildings and the traditional place of coronation and a burial site for English and, later, British monarchs.
Written May 24, 2021
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Yorktown, VA381 contributions
Awe inspiring
Apr 2021 • Solo
No photos allowed, but what memories I made! I didn't realize that Elizabeth I was buried with her half-sister Mary. So many other famous names from history are here! Book your ticket in advance or get a London Pass - the lines can be very long. Beautiful architecture. Went to Evensong one afternoon which was pretty special. Much of the service was sung in Latin, both plainchant and the full choir. It was lovely. Not to be missed.
Written April 23, 2021
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Amy C
London, UK324 contributions
Nice place
Apr 2020 • Friends
Nice place to visit in London with a shop and cafes etc nearby loads of famous graves inside and its full of people
Written March 3, 2021
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Leavenworth, KS1,297 contributions
ウェストミンスター寺院 What is the difference between Wesminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral?
Dec 2019
Westminster Abbeyウェストミンスター寺院 -- Formally titled the Collegiate Church of Saint Peter at Westminister, Westminister Abbey (seats 2000) is known as the place where all the coronations of English and British monarchs since William the Conqueror was crowned in 1066. It is a place of royal weddings and more than 3300 prominent Britains, including prime ministers, monarchs, scientists, and military heros. One of the more recent interments was that of the British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. Westminister Abbey has the status of a Church of England “Royal Peculiar” – a church responsible diretly to the sovereign. As such, it is no longer an abbey or a cathedral. It is different from Westminister Cathedral, the mother church of the Catholic church in England located in Westminister, and the seat of the Archbishop of Westminister and located about one kilometer from Westminister Abbey. To confuse matters more for those unfamiliar with the Church of England, Prince Charles married Princess Diana at St Paul’s Cathedral (seats 3500, about 3 km from Westminister Abbey), the Anglican Cathedral in London which, as the cathedral of the Bishop of London, serves as the mother church of the Diocese of London and sits on the hill overlooking the City of London. Furthermore, the Archbishop of Canterbury is the symbolic head of the Church of England and the diocesan bishop of Canterbury. All of these buildings are entangled in the history of England, and each is worthy of a visit. Each is famous for a different reason. Just do not visit them all on the same day as you will get a sore neck from gazing heavenward and a case of large church architecture/history burnout. We visited Westminister Abbey and passed by both Westminster Cathedral and St Paul’s Cathedral in the fall of 2019.
Written November 30, 2020
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Bradford, UK36 contributions
Nov 2020
I was in Westminster Abbey to take part in a service to mark the centenary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior. I felt very safe being there - social distancing was being observed, both in the way the chairs were laid out, and with personal contact. The staff with whom I had dealings were all extremely polite and helpful.

It's such a beautiful building with so much history. If you're in London I would definitely recommend a visit.
Written November 13, 2020
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Devon, UK10,829 contributions
Triforium - Queen’s Diamond Jubilee galleries
Jul 2020
Opened about a year ago and not accessible during the first lockdown and beyond, this is a new option with an impressive extensive collection, very little of which has previously been readily accessible, if at all. The entrance stair tower by Ptolemy Dean (which you also need to view from the outside) is a fantastic addition to the facilities and blends perfectly inside and especially out, with all else that’s been built and added during the last eight centuries. Among the important items up in the triforium are the Coronation Chair and many funereal wooden and other pieces. Too much to list here but make sure that while up there you try to see as much as you can glimpse across and down into the nave and more.

Pity that the lockdown is beginning again. When it does, it is again likely to be only on the basis of advance booking online.
Written November 5, 2020
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22 contributions
Westminster Abbey is a national treasure not to be missed.
Aug 2020 • Solo
Westminster Abbey is a national treasure with so much to see.

I loved the new David Hockney stained glass window.

There were hundreds of memorials, gravestones and statues to learn about with the help of the guidebook and audio tour.

The Lady Chapel was superb architecturally but sadly, due to Covid, the chapels containing the tombs of Elizabeth 1 and Mary 1, as well as Mary Queen of Scots and the Princes in the Tower, were both closed.

The new galleries were well worth a visit and contained some interesting costumes, replica Crown Jewels as well as Queen Mary 11's coronation chair. Also the marriage certificate of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Magna Carta and some priceless manuscripts and books.

Poet's Corner was full of famous graves and my favourite was the memorial to Hayley in the Cloisters, in the shape of a comet.

The Guides were knowledgeable and the audio tour was well worth £5.
Written November 3, 2020
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Sam D
Farnham, UK10 contributions
Westminster Abbey
Oct 2020
Wow what an amazing church to visit. So much history and just so beautiful. Highly recommend a visit and guided tour as so much to be learnt.
Written November 1, 2020
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London, UK1,032 contributions
Jan 2020
A royal church in the centre of London offering daily services for all. It is a World Heritage Site with massive history and most famous church.
Written October 31, 2020
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