Westminster Abbey

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Westminster Abbey
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
About
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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Tom (wattblog)
Liverpool, UK93 contributions
Nov 2021
Visited here with my boyfriend in November 2021 as a place we had always wanted to come to in London. We were able to use our Blue Light Cards for complimentary entry and, to be honest, I am glad we did as the £20+ entry fee otherwise would have been a bit steep in my opinion.

Don't get me wrong, the architecture in the building is fabulous and it is nice to walk around and think about all the occasions that will have taken place there and all the history, I'm just not sure £20+ each to get in can be justified really.

I think a guided tour would probably be worthwhile though, the tour guide we saw delivering to a tour group seemed very charismatic and knowledgeable. The gift shop was quite nice too with a nice variety of gifts.

If Westminster Abbey is somewhere you'd really like to go to then sure, pay the entry fee and go, however I personally wouldn't go out of my way to recommend visiting to somebody for the sake of it.
Written December 7, 2021
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Steviefull
Kidderminster, UK1,253 contributions
Nov 2021
When drawing up a schedule for our weekend away I chose this place without really knowing why apart from a previous tour guide saying it was top of their list of places to visit.

It was remembrance weekend and the entrance gardens were filled with crosses and wreaths full of poppies, it was a lovely sight.

Having travelled to London by train we took advantage of the 2 for 1 entry deal, making a saving of £25 which was very appreciated and used to pay for the two of us to take a guided tour with a verger, which in my travels was some of the best money I've ever spent.

I honestly had no idea what was in the Abbey, I assumed it was a church with a bit of history some nice windows and a link to the royal family, it was so much more and being on the tour truly helped us appreciate that. Our tour guide (I think Andrew) was very informative and pointed out things we wouldn't have had a clue about and also allowed us access to places that otherwise would have been out of reach. Particular highlights were the architecture of the building itself and the royal and famous people buried or commemorated here.

I cannot recommend this enough, if you have any interest in history or the royal family then this should be top of your list of places to visit, breathtaking.
Written January 2, 2022
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Jenny
Bristol, UK44 contributions
Aug 2021
The Hidden Highlights tour was absolutely brilliant - not only a chance to see 'behind the scenes' where you usually couldn't see, including the beautiful Jerusalem chamber where Henry IV died, to the excavation of the Medieval Sacristy, to London's oldest Library. The tour size is small (10) and the guide is very knowledgable and we were able to spend a long amount of time in each part of the tour, with lots of time for questions. It never felt rushed and due to the small group size no-one missed anything. The tour was 90 minutes so you definitely get your money's worth, especially as you end in the Jubilee Gallery which has an additional cost anyway. It seems at the moment these tours are not continuing past the Summer, I hope they do reconsider this as it's such a brilliant and unique tour. I would also love for the Abbey to do other 'secret' tours like this to areas not usually accessible.

As for the Abbey itself, there's a lot to see with historic figures everywhere you look, beautiful stained glass. It's worth paying extra to visit the Diamond Jubilee Galleries as the objects on display, including funeral effigies from the medieval era onwards provide a fascinating history, alongside historic clergy robes, fabrics, and historical objects.

Including the 90 minute tour I spent three hours in the Abbey and could have easily spent longer but it felt like too much for a single visit. I certainly plan to visit again at some point in the future, and I will probably pay for a multimedia guide for additional information, and hopefully look out for more interesting tours.

I just wanted to write this review to hopefully encourage the Abbey to continue to run these tours, and consider more tours and to encourage any London local or tourist to put this on a 'must see' list to visit, not just because of the beauty of the building but the history behind it.
Written August 7, 2021
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Thank you very much for your feedback. It's great to read how much you enjoyed the tour, especially as they are a new addition to our programme of onsite activities. We hope to continue the Hidden Highlights tour into September and beyond, and will announce details of this shortly via our website and social media channels. Best wishes Visitor Experience Team Westminster Abbey
Written August 9, 2021
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Reggie Leopold
1 contribution
Dec 2019
If you purchase tickets FROM their website you can avoid the line. Not true with London Pass or any other ticket people had. When we got there the line was 2 hours long and we were allowed immediately in because we bought the tickets directly from their website. Also def sign up for the Verger Tour. They will show you around for seven pounds but its so much more interesting than the audio tour which is BASIC. We were allowed access into areas the general public couldn't go and it was a highlight of the trip. Also no photos inside. They really enforce this so don't try to push it or you will be kicked out.
Written January 22, 2020
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joyannna
Zakopane, Poland123 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
We bought two tickets-£48 per couple and you DO NOT HAVE INCLUDED a guide on the headphones - extra £10 per person! If you want go on the top floor you have to pay another extra £5 (per person of course!!). However when we came inside preparations for some celebration so we couldn’t see many tombs. Ok was a few interesting but definitely too expensive!
Written December 7, 2021
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Morrstar
Bath, UK43 contributions
Sep 2021
An awe inspiring building filled with history. It's a little steep at £18 per person (more if you want to go to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries) but it was worth it. The David Hockney window stood out - I can see why it divides opinion amongst visitors and staff alike - I imagine it's really nice in the late evening though with the light streaming through it.
Written September 11, 2021
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andyh67186334
Coalville, UK4,781 contributions
Aug 2021
I hadn't visited Westminster Abbey for over 20 years, and returned as photography is allowed once again inside most of the building.
Due to Covid, pre-timed visits are currently in force as it controls the flow of visitors to the Abbey to ensure some kind of social distancing is maintained.
As soon as you enter the main door, it's a magical experience, the grandeur of the gothic architecture and the wealth of history running through the Abbey.
There are over 30 monarchs buried there, plus poets, actors and members of the aristocracy.
The Lady's Chapel is an architectural masterpiece, and the Chapter House uncovers medieval wall paintings.
There is an exhibition in the upper levels of the Abbey, which is well worth a visit.
If you love English history as I did as a child, beautiful buildings and want encounter a deep religious experience, then visit Westminster Abbey when you are in London, as when it returns to pre-pandemic levels, the experience will never be the same again.
Written September 4, 2021
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Alison Bailey
3 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Fantastic day, paid for the “highlights tour “ £15 extra, highly recommend this, saw parts of Abbey ordinary visitors don’t get to see.
Had such an enthusiastic young lady for the guide called Daisy. She knew all her history and made the whole visit so enjoyable. 10/10 thank you
Written January 20, 2022
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MerseysideTinkerbell
Merseyside, UK4,110 contributions
Jul 2021
We visited in early July 2021, we hadnt booked and just qued up in the hope of being able to get tickets to get in as soon as they opened. We were lucky. We werent offered or they werent mentioned, audio guides but we saw others with them as we were going around and wish we had been asked as we had had been offered free ones in St Paul's when we had visited there and it did make it more enjoyable and interesting. We had already gone round quite a bit before we noticed other people with them so dont know if it was just for other languages and it was too late for us then to go and ask. As I say there is a lot to see and to me personally the building has been allowed to have too many tombs over the years which take away from the building especially the large ones. But still very interesting and lovely building.
Written October 22, 2021
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Hollie W
Horsham, Australia163 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Westminster Abbey is an incredible experience with so much history and beauty. Unfortunately you can’t take photos while inside but in some ways that makes the experience even more valuable as you have to take it all in without distraction. Going upstairs is well worth paying the extra for, not only for what’s up there but the stunning views of the cathedral below. Great for wet weather days but get in early before it gets too busy then take your time to explore.
Written February 20, 2020
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  • Sat - Sat 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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