Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey
4.5
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09:30 - 18:00
Monday
09:30 - 15:30
Tuesday
09:30 - 15:30
Wednesday
09:30 - 18:00
Thursday
09:30 - 15:30
Friday
09:30 - 15:30
Saturday
09:00 - 13:00
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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Neighbourhood: 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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  • Tish L
    44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Majestic and stately
    This beautiful building is a must-see if you visit London! It's steeped in history. We went during the Easter school holidays, so it was a bit manic. I'd advise anyone visiting to do their 'homework' before going so you know what's there and where. We wanted to see where the Coronation is going to take place etc. We do intend returning at a later date. Also, pre-book your tickets so you get 'fast-tracked' into the Abbey. The queues are long.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 18 April 2023
  • katrina
    Melbourne, Australia63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful place to visit so much history and beautiful architecture
    This is a wonderful place to visit, so full of history and beautiful architecture. I didn’t book on line and only had to wait for 10 minutes to buy a ticket. I used the audio guide which was very helpful . I would definitely recommend it. The visit was made even more interesting as there will be the Coronation of the new King soon here.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 April 2023
  • CaraMia
    New York City, New York217 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My third visit to this beautiful, historic place!
    Westminster Abbey is at the heart of hundreds of years of England's history! It is a very beautiful and impressive place. I want to especially note how wonderful our tour was, led by Ben, a a verger with a deep knowledge and love for both the historic and current meaning of the Abbey. Because Ben was such a personable and thoughtful guide in terms of his knowledge of the history of the site, as well as his interactions with those of us lucky enough to be on his tour (patiently answering all questions and pointing out so many incredible elements of the Abbey), we we came away with even more of an appreciation of this lovely place. Ben, we're so excited for you, in your role in the upcoming coronation!
    Visited April 2023
    Written 30 April 2023
  • Kay
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must See!!!
    The self-guided audio tour of Westminster Abbey is done wonderfully, allowing you to learn as much or as little as you like, and all at your own pace. No one is rushing you past things you want to take in at leisure, nor is anyone obliging you to stay in an area you may have little interest in. Crowd management is very well done. This was one of my favorite places to see in London, next to the Tower of London (another must see!). So much history and beauty all under one roof. Breathtaking!!!
    Visited April 2023
    Written 2 May 2023
  • Jh5009
    Denver, Colorado19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A London Must See and Do
    I spent close to 5 hours here and I probably could have spent even more time. One thing I would advise is to get there before it opens and when you enter immediately ask for the Verger tour. It is only 10 pounds and the tour was probably one of the very best I did in London during my two weeks. The tour is small, limited to only 20 people and it is first come first served. There is so much to learn and see and then when you done with the tour you can go back and look at things in even greater detail. What a wonderful experience.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 May 2023
  • Ashley B
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Surrounded by History
    Loved it. Didn't book ahead bc you end up in the same line anyway. Wish I could have timed it for earlier or later but was only in town for the day on a quick layover. Quite lovely. Wear decent walking shoes, don't rush. Marvel in the history around you.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 May 2023
  • Tsoi
    87 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The guided tour needs a good guide
    The place is certainly very worth to visit. However the guided tour lacks a good guide. The gentleman we followed had been working hard but he just recited everything and always did not have eye contact with the team. He also could not give answers to some questions. It was just like an audio tour.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 May 2023
  • GGG12342017
    Singapore, Singapore208 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A true privilege!
    It was a great privilege to visit the Abbey when we did. This is because we saw upfront and close up the rare sight of the Stone of Scone united with the Coronation Chair. The stone is kept in Edinburgh most of the time and is transported back to London specially for Coronations so it was a privilege to witness this sight. It has only been a few days since the coronation of King Charles and we were lucky the stone was still in place when we arrived. There are many other truly extraordinary sights in this grand church but this alone was worth the price of admission!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 May 2023
  • Christine H
    Bentonville, Arkansas3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Truly Etheral
    What can I say, this adventure was the highlight of my day sightseeing. When you step inside you feel immersed in history and the sculptures, tombstones and immense beauty that surrounds you is simply breathtaking. I wish we could have arrived earlier in the day to really experience all that the Abbey offers.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 22 May 2023
  • Athensgirl348
    63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and Interesting
    We visited Westminster Abbey as part of our Rick Steves walking tour. The abbey is very interesting. I loved seeing the tombs of Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots. The audio tour provided by the abbey is good. I would recommend going after 11:00 am. It was very crowded at 9:30.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 May 2023
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937liz
Richmond, New Zealand316 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Good to see what I’ve seen in tv so often - didn’t realise how massive it is or all that it’s really like walking through a cemetary. Lovely stained glass - we went to the whispering area up the long long flight of stairs
Written 15 April 2024
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Marie
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Definitely a must visit while in London. All the stone tombs made it seem a little chilling, but then seeing the tombs of kings you only read about in history books was kind of cool. It didn’t have the worshipful ambience of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and I can’t imagine actually going to church there, but it was wonderful to tour. Don’t miss the coronation chair at the very end like we did! We obviously weren’t paying attention to our map. We did the queen’s galleries and it was nice but nothing spectacular. If you use their gallery guide it’s more interesting. The audio guide worked great for us.
Written 14 April 2024
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Carole S
Milton Keynes, UK823 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
The beauty. The history. The everything. A must-visit in London.

I've had this one on my list for ages and finally got here. Such a beautiful and amazing place to stroll around, taking in the history and knowing that so many people in our past have walked those floors.

I love visiting churches, cathedrals, and abbeys... I just find them amazing places. The architecture is mind-blowing, every time.

Highly recommend.

Carole : )
Written 7 April 2024
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Anna D
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Very crowded, ushered along by aloof volunteers wearing capes. Worst bit was headphones did not work at all for me and my friend's gave up after 5 minutes.
Written 6 April 2024
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rayoflight2618
Fife, UK3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
It was so full, it was an awful experience. You had a packed Abbey and then you had private tour guides flatting you against walls, climbing over you if you are seated to get their tours through in an already cramped space. Even the tour guides were complaining that it was horrendous. We had a self guide- but couldn't use it as you couldn't see the numbers through the crowds, and to be honest it was so packed we actually struggled to access it. We had tickets for the new gallery, but we didn't go as we just wanted to leave as fast as possible.
Written 6 April 2024
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Paula B
29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We visited Westminster Abbey on a self guided tour. Entry was efficient through the Great North door as we had prebooked and access to the audio equipment straight forward. We started our tour and followed the audio guide through various areas (The Quire-nave, Sacraium (Coronation area), Lady Chapel, royal tombs and small chapels finishing at Poets corner. From here we then climber the stairs (180 I think although a lift is available) up to the galleries and wow what a view, absolutely amazing and well worth the extra cost. There was a gorgeous painting of Queen Elizabeth II which completed our tour. We excited the Abbey through the Cloisters, Chaper House, Pyx Chamber and into Deans Yard, then onto Parliament Square for some pictures. Great visit on a super busy Easter holiday.
Written 4 April 2024
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Dawn.R.
34 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Beautiful location absolutely ruined by too many people being crammed in, it truly spoils the experience. When one parts with so much money to enter, they should at least be allowed to enjoy it. Either lower the price or let fewer people in. It was so unbelievably full that you couldn’t move there, people crushing through narrow areas surely it is a safety risk. You genuinely need to stop so many people entering, it’s not always about how much money you can make .
Written 31 March 2024
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Nick J
Anonymous27 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The abbey is as amazing as others have said and even more so if you attend a service as I did today. However, be prepared for a remarkable measure of rudeness from their marshals and security staff. This aspect is well known across Westminster but, despite reviews here going back to 2012 pointing this out and a highly critical piece in Ship of Fools, this concern is conspicuously brushed under the metaphorical carpet and not addressed by the Dean and Chapter. I think they would prefer the worshippers went away as the Mystery Worshipper commented.
Written 29 March 2024
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Kate
Los Angeles, CA42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
No photos allowed during the church service but we saw so many tourists sneaking pictures which was shameful. Really humbling to be in such a monumental and historic place. Inside the sound of the choir echoes and fills the entire abbey. I was stunned at how gorgeous the interior was. As we entered, there was a plaque for the resting place of Charles Darwin which we were surprised to see. As we exited, the Coronation throne was on display behind glass. Just stunning! My mind is still blown that we have attended services at the Abbey. Definitely not to be missed.
Written 29 March 2024
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Shelly4Shore
Melbourne, FL64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Self guided tour of the abbey was spectacular. Amazing to experience first hand the beauty and history of the abbey. Guests were respectful and it wasn’t overcrowded.
Written 28 March 2024
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Westminster Abbey admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost €34.28, while a popular guided tour starts around €3.04 per person.



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