Whilst the entry fee is hefty, the Abbey is just somewhere you must visit when in London, because it is so very LONDON! Yes the queue is often quite long and it is annoying they don't presell tickets, go in with a good attitude (there seems to always be lots of people here so everything is slow moving) enjoy the view outside, whilst shuffling along to get in, then inside. We just missed the last verger tour of the day and took an audio guide instead. Not a fan of these and switched between listening and looking at places I wanted to look instead of just what the voice told me to view. The audio guides cause there own set of problems. People that just stop mid stride to look at what the guide has told them to! But once I got the gist of using the guide, I skipped the bits that I wasn't interested in and zipped around to look at the parts I was interested in. I found around 2 hours was enough for me here but history buffs or religious persons would be appalled by this figure. Choosing between Westminister Abbey and St. Pauls - well you can't really both are so different and both worthy of a visit, just reduce the time in both if you are wanting to see the 2. I'd say plan to spend less time in Westminister Abbey. At least at St. pauls you can pre buy tickets to assist getting in quicker, at the Abbey you need to factor in queuing time (and may I say this was the only place we had to queue when in london as all other popular sites I was able to prebuy tickets).
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