Westminster Abbey
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
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09:30 - 15:30
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
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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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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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AHRESQ
New York City, NY485 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
An excellent historical site with loads of interesting history and stories. The self guided tour (narrated by Jeremy Irons) is excellent.
Written 27 November 2022
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S C
3 contributions
Nov 2022
used a private guide and it made the whole experience rich in content, understanding, and appreciation.
Written 27 November 2022
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colin b
Old Basing, UK9 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Just visited Westminster Abbey for the first time in many years. It was our wedding anniversary and my wife suggested we do ‘The Verger’s Tour’. This was a great idea as not only were we guided to many of the must-sees of the abbey, we also spent 90+ minutes in the company of a lovely Verger (Benjamin) who was not only very knowledgeable but has a quiet, witty and kind demeanour which added significantly to the experience. We also went back later in the afternoon for the evensong which was also a magical experience. Well done Benjamin and the team at Westminster Abbey, you made us feel very welcome. P.s. The cafe was also excellent.
Written 26 November 2022
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patti20112018
Mill Valley, CA11 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
This place is SO beautiful, and the docents really try hard. But they let too many people in at the same time, and it’s just impossible to get around. And we were there in November - cannot imagine what it’s like in summer season.
Written 25 November 2022
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catkid3
36 contributions
Nov 2022
It was a dream come true to be standing inside this magnificent building, which also a surreal experience given that it has stood for over 800 years. We paid for a guided group tour with one of the priests (Steven) and he was an absolutely incredible guide; very funny with an unbelievable amount of knowledge about the history and architecture of the Abbey. He also took us to parts of the Abbey that are normally off-limits to the public, such as Edward the Confessor's grave. You could easily spend all day here looking at each plaque on the walls and floors. A must-do if you are in London.
Written 21 November 2022
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Amilcar Guzman
Harwood Heights, IL453 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
A timeless historical place to visit. I had the fortune of visiting during Remembrance Day which provided beautiful views. Although we weren’t able to go into the church it was still a worthy trip.
Written 19 November 2022
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Dave D
7 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Most amazing building. Was also so very impressed with the poignant poppy display outside from remembrance day. Just beautiful
Written 19 November 2022
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JetBlueDriver
Charlotte, NC2,078 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
We did the audio tour of Westminster Abbey and it was amazing. The architecture alone is worth the visit but the story inside is truly astonishing. I had no idea the historical significance of this holy site. It was definitely one of the highlights of our trip.
Written 18 November 2022
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LostALot22
Chicago, IL10,936 contributions
Nov 2022 • Business
A very very old and beautiful place. It’s amazing how old it is and all the history that has gone on both inside and around the building. It’s pretty amazing.
Written 16 November 2022
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6_Speed_Automatic
Covington, LA245 contributions
Nov 2022
This was my second visit to the abbey. As per my prior visit, noted the following:

1) Make sure to buy your tickets in advance. We visited in early November, and there was a long line for ticket purchases at the door
2) The audio tour equipment is included in the price. Use it to get the full understanding and appreciation of the abbey
3) The abbey is full of nooks and crannies plus multiple foot stones marking various kings, queens, lords, ladies, prince & princesses, and dignitaries buried under the floor or in crypts. Can be overwhelming. Completely different mindset than what is seen on TV during royal weddings.
4) Make sure to visit the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Exhibit in the loft of the church. On exhibit are clothing, archeology artifacts, documents, and other displays associated with the early development of the Abbey. I found this exhibit to more interesting and enjoyable then the ground floor tour. We worth the extra 5 pounds per person.
5) Set aside 2 to 3 hours for the entire visit
Written 16 November 2022
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  • Mon - Tue 09:30 - 15:30
  • Wed - Wed 09:30 - 18:00
  • Thu - Fri 09:30 - 15:30
  • Sat - Sat 09:00 - 13:00
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