Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey
4.5
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9:00 AM - 1:00 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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  • Bev O'Connell
    Brixham, United Kingdom158 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First visit.
    A very interesting tour of the Abbey which began with the verger tour presented by Cath. She added some humour to the Abbeys history. It was also a great tour in that you got to sit in the Quire and visit Edward the Confessors tomb, not available on the general unaccompanied tour. The architecture is amazing in the Abbey and well worth seeing.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 16, 2023
  • ladawncp
    Windsor, United Kingdom394 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very crowded but awe inspiring
    It was a bit of a slog around because it was so crowded but it’s definitely difficult not to be amazed at the sheer weight of history in the iconic building. It’s odd that some people complain about their lack of historical knowledge and expect the building to resolve that. No. Read up before you go. Be prepared to be humbled in the presence of world changing history and architectural magnificence.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 24, 2023
  • Boonstra
    Leesburg, Virginia288 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Evensong Beauty
    We went to an evensong service. They are at 5pm and free to attend most days. The choral singing was so beautiful, I can’t describe it. You don’t sit in the main area, but it is beautiful nevertheless. Highly recommend it!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 26, 2023
  • Wayne G
    Troy, Michigan23 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take a Tour if Available
    The audio guide was cumbersome; not very helpful unless you're in no hurry and are really into the details. Was interesting to look around, find some familiar names. 90 minutes was plenty of time, for us.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 27, 2023
  • Campbell M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden Highlights Tour
    We were lucky to have 2 tickets to the Hidden Highlights tour given to us for Xmas. What an amazing tour where you’re taken to places in the Abbey that the general public aren’t allowed. We were part of a small group (14) with a very knowledgable and friendly guide and would thoroughly recommend paying the extra to do this tour.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Phyllis L Haugarth
    Plano, Texas14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    AMAZING!
    This was one of my favorite places to tour while in London. We were surprised to see all of the various people who have been buried there. It was also very impressive seeing the inside of the areas that we US citizens usually only see on TV during some significant event of the Monarchy. We visited just after the Coronation of King Charles and it was interresting to see the actual places where everyone sat, where the choir was and the actual 'throne' where the Kind sat.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 2, 2023
  • martimbe
    Alexandria, Virginia96 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must-See (but also a Must-Prepare)
    Definitely worth visiting this magnificent site. It feels gigantic and fills you with awe. You will have a more enjoyable, rewarding experience, however, if you get a little help, either with a guided tour or an audio tour, or both, as one fellow reviewer found. The signage leaves a lot to be desired. Some tombs aren't marked at all, and you may found out later what you missed, or you may not...but in the moment, you just wonder who is buried there. At least study your guidebook in advance of your visit, marking your items of interest or making a separate list with their locations so you don't miss them. I was very frustrated walking through, especially with the millions of other people there (during King George's coronation), who may have been hiding signs I missed. The space is so vast that it's hard to keep oriented to where you are, relative to the map in the brochure, because there are no signs corresponding to areas on the map. Also, pack a lot of patience and be prepared for a lot of people playing with their phones while standing in front of or on top of things you want to photograph. I'm glad I went and would highly recommend seeing it, but I wish I'd prepared on my own before my trip. If you know what you are looking for/at and aren't dependent on the signage, you'll have a much better experience.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Tash H
    32 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful but crowded
    Westminster Abbey is very big and has so many things in it to see. There is an incredible range of sculptures, paintings and memorial plaques to see, as well as the ornate building, doors and furnishings. Inside the Abbey, it is set up as a one way path which helps you go through all areas and keeps crowds under control (and crowds there were!!). However, it felt a bit like a cattle run and made it harder to take time where you wanted. We arrived about 30 minutes before our ticketed time to go upstairs so had to skip parts of the path in order to make it on time - although the ticket checker for upstairs didn't seem too fussed on the time so you may be able to be less rushed. It's beautiful and historic, and central to other attractions, so worth a visit. Allow 2 hours or more though.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 4, 2023
  • grimble7
    Skegness, United Kingdom101 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good couple of hours
    Very busy even at 9.30 in the morning. Wanted to go on a verger tour but the lady in front of me had TEN tickets..not fair she should have booked for a group...used the headset instead..ok but not as good as the tour. The coffee shop is lovely and staff helpful and friendly...asked for a weak coffee and got one!! If you like this abbey you need to go and see Lincoln cathedral... beautiful!!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Denise O
    Torrance, California236 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Avoid the crowds and go to onto the newly opened balcony!
    I shall be America and call the newly openly display area, the balcony! It's worth the extra pounds to get entry to newly opened area above the choir. First, it's much quieter. (Warning - the main floor of the Abbey is a zoo - reminds me of the Vatican - full of people staring into their iPhones.). The balcony is open, wonderful displays and well worth the extra time and minimal costs.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 4, 2023
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Hollie W
Horsham, Australia165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Bluebellplasnewydd
Cardiff, UK1,975 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I am surprised that somewhere so fundamental to the heritage of the British people is not admission free as in the case of museums. Nevertheless the fee of around £20 is appropriate. It is a professional organisation with staff in smart cassocks who are helpful with the clergy also leading a small prayer every hour. I don't normally like audioguides but the one supplied here is short and informative without being overbearing. As you walk around the history of the United Kingdom unveils in front of you from Edward the Confessor to modern day intellectuals. Things you remember from history lessons at school, television transmissions of royal weddings and former Prime Ministers are bought back to life. All this takes place in a quiet and respectful atmosphere. Everyone should have the opportunity to visit.
Written February 15, 2020
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Jean H
Oklahoma City, OK130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We were concerned that the lines would be too long, and we hadn’t secured “skip the line” entry, but we got in with almost no wait towards the end of the day. Literally from our first moment in the door, we were in awe. The audio guide that’s included in the price was so well-done, and we navigated with ease. No photos allowed, so we were able to focus on the experience. Lovely, actually.
Written January 6, 2020
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Mel B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Westminster Abbey is a stunning example of Gothic architecture replete with soaring buttresses and beautiful stained glass windows. The tombs and monuments are both tributes and works of art. The audio guide (free with ticket purchase) is a great way to view the Abbey and learn its history. A small extra fee gets you into the Queen's Jubilee Galleries where you'll find a collection of historical objects linking the Abbey to the monarchy. Be sure to purchase the souvenir guide for the interior photos since photographs are not allowed inside (can be purchased with ticket). Book online to save time and money. One stand out feature is the Cosmati floor in front of the high altar. Don't forget to stop by the cafe afterwards for afternoon tea.
Written January 28, 2020
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Visit Blighty
2,740 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Westminster Abbey is more than magnificent at any time of year, but at Christmas it steps up even further. I found it interesting whilst spending Christmas back in Blighty with two American friends how “The Abbey” as they kept referring to it, had struck such a cord with them. Yet St Paul’s barely featured on their radar. Regardless I myself was keen to experience communion at the Abbey and so we headed there early one morning to do so.

Communion at the Abbey is an experience I would highly recommend and especially at that time of year it’s perfect. Needless to say the early morning communions are well orchestrated affairs and intimate. It was wonderful to experience this ritual in such a special place and at that festive time of year. Plus it’s nice to have that moment of reflection amidst the seasonal goings on. Seeing the Abbey in its festive gear truly put us in the Christmas spirit. Afterwards it was a lovely opportunity to walk around Parliament Square and take in all the statues.

If I were to make one small observation it would be that the team in the Abbey seem very weary of you being a tourist as oppose to a worshipper which I understand but surely you can be both?
Written January 13, 2020
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Curiosity783732
5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Such an amazing building with great history but this was overshadowed by the high cost to get in and then expected another £7 a person for a tour, which was free at st pauls, which we didn't take up and opted for the audio tour instead,however this wasn't as detailed as I'd have liked and struggled to find some of the statues within the audio tour. Such a shame as this could have been fantastic. Lots of staff wandering around not doing anything or engaging with visitors.
Written March 1, 2020
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Tom (wattblog)
Liverpool, UK162 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Martin London
London, UK99 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
A very disppointing experience as the website did not say that the rooms containing the Tudor and Stuart monarchs and those containing the treasures/museum were all closed.

As we were told we had to book a slot on line I did so and spent quite a lot of time and money travelling to the Abbey for my first trip from home since early March.

It is wonderful that it is open for a few hours a week but as the very rooms I wanted to visit were all closed, access around the Abbey is limited and the red robed staff were abrupt and unfriendly I was very sad that the experience was so poor as it was the first time I'd visited in more than 40 years.

I fully understand these are challenging times but they could do with seeing how the staff of St Paul's deal with the public and learn from them.
Written July 26, 2020
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CC B
Dallas, TX539 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We were captivated by the beautiful architecture of Westminster Abbey. The rose window is spectacular. We toured the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries and it was so cool getting to see the church from the top. Seeing the gargoyles on the roof from the galleries was awesome. It's something most people don't get to see.

My only issue with the place is that you aren't allowed to take photos inside, especially since you are paying to enter. Also, the layout was a little confusing and it was hard to find a restroom.
Written August 19, 2020
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Mary P
Saint Paul, MN12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The extra 5 pounds to see the upstairs queen's gallery was the best money spent in London. The exhibit contained a wide variety of information and displays including the dress of the monarchs, architecture of the cathedral, illuminated manuscripts and fabulous views. Well worth the money and far more manageable then the downstairs tour.
Written January 4, 2020
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