Westminster Abbey London

Westminster Abbey is a world renowned location of Coronations, Royal Weddings and Funerals

Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey cc licensed photo by Oleg Brovko

With over 1000 years of history and its beautiful and intricatic Gothic architecture Westminster Abbey in London is interesting on many levels. Its origins go back to about 960 AD when twelve Benedictine monks were established on the banks of the Thames River. Since 1066 AD, Westminster Abbey has served as the coronation church and as the burial place for seventeen monarchs.

Construction of much of the current Abbey took place between 1245 and 1517 with the west towers being added between 1722 and 1745. The architectural style is primarily Anglo-French Gothic. With all of its ornate architectural detail and stained glass, the Inside of the Abbey is striking to say the least, making it a fitting home to the many treasures of fine art and textiles within.

Westminster Abbey is usually open to visitors for an admission charge on Monday thru Saturday except during religious holidays and special events. Admission is free with the London Pass. Visiting hours usually start at 9:30am however closing times vary from day to day so you should see there official website from the link below to confirm times.

There are many other attractions within easy walking distance of the Westminster Abbey. Some of these include the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Horse Guards Building and Parade, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Cathedral, Saint James's Park, and Hyde Park. These attractions can be nicely combined into a memorable one or two day walking tour.

For more information about visit this beautiful London landmark visit their official website linked above.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Free to see the outside. Explore the inside

Free admission with a London Pass.

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • 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: 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Address: 20 Deans Yd, Westminster, London SW1P 3PA, UK

Phone: 020 7222 5152

Official Website: Westminster Abbey London

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Directions

Tube Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Circle, District and Jubilee LineWestminster Station3 Minutes

How to get to Westminster Abbey London by Tube

From Westminster Station take exit No 6. You will see Westminster Abbey to your left just across the park.

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Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5Westminster Abbey Star Rating

5 Star Rating Highly recommended especially for Evensong Breathtaking church with wonderful architecture and a plethora of history! I especially recommend going there during Evening Prayer. You can enjoy the glorious angelic voices of the young boys they have in their choir school Date of experience: December 2015

Maryam Fahd - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating Such a beautiful architectural establishment. The lines can get really long so definitely utilize tourist passes, such as the London Pass, to help expedite the wait. Once inside, it is hugeeee. So many different sections of the church that are breath taking. Just be aware there's no photography like many historical places, so take it as it is.

Justin Bayoneto - 6 days ago

3 Star Rating Beautiful church with fascinating architecture and history. The staff are friendly and very helpful. However, I find appalling the cost that is charged to enter into a house of worship that is then packed with as many people as possible. It is much more a museum and tourist attraction than it is a church, at least during open visitor hours. I would rather return to a smaller church in London that maintains its integrity as house of worship.

Tatiana Fonseca - 20 days ago

5 Star Rating Dead folks. I see dead folks. Well actually just the boxes they put em in. Lots of dead folk though. Kings. Queens. Poets. Soldiers. All of em dead. If you like dead folks this is the place. A nice collection of the best dead folks England has to offer. Dead folks in boxes. Pretty boxes. Some just slipped under the floor. You can walk on those dead folks. For a place full of dead folks it kinda just smells like a church.

Michael Griffin - 27 days ago

5 Star Rating A spiritually peaceful place. Very welcoming and open to all. Felt at ease when walking around the Abbey. Magnificent architecture and the windows are absolutely stunning. A lot of history too. At every corner or any important place explanation and details of any history are displayed. A lot of information available. Historical and knowledgeable too.

Sakalain Meghjee - 1 month ago

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Enjoy this introduction to the Westminster Abbey by the current dean

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