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

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 I like It. Sadly visited this years while scaffold around big Ben (Near by) and in side if Abbey also. Worth going on top floor to see. Be aware no flash photography and I think no photo whatsoever. Really busy place though so if you want to visit properly count at least 2 hrs if not 3. The audio guides (At start) are good if you have the time. Recommend to book in advance and you will not have to queue: directly enter the Abbey when the entrance queue (security) lead you to front steps: ask (many helpful people to ask) which area you should follow if you already have a booking reference: a print version is recommended for ease and speed.

fabrice terrochaire - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating This may be one of my favorite places in London. It is humbling to walk through and see the tombs of/commemorations to historical figures and artists like Chaucer, Austen, Vaughan-Williams, Handel, and Purcell. I happily remained as the organist and choir were rehearsing. A majestic and magnificent place.

Laura Evans - 8 days ago

5 Star Rating A wonderful place with a lot of relics! I strongly recommend this place if you visit London! The audio tour is very good, with a lot if details if you are interested. The lost soldier’s tomb, the coronation chair and king George V grave are just few of the things you will find inside. Please note that shooting pictures inside is not permitted! I recommended to buy the London pass, with or without Oyster, or online tickets, as the queue for on the door tickets is very long. My recommendation is to take the pass with the oyster transportation included. (Uber is working great in London, it has many options too)

Veronica Wagner - 11 days ago

5 Star Rating Really nice place with a lot of relics inside. The audio tour is very good, packed with detail if you choose to listen to all the clips, but not necessary. Tomb of the lost soldier, the coronation chair and king George V grave are just some of the things you will find inside. It is recommended to buy tickets online, as the queue for on the door tickets is insanely long.

Will Knight - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating AMAZING! A must see! Wonderful history contained within the walls of this spectacular place. You will probably need around 3-4 hours to really tour this place, unless you are one of those who just walk through without actually taking in the sights and reading the information. Westminster Abbey was absolutely breathtaking.

Kristina Combs - 1 month ago

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Enjoy this introduction to the Westminster Abbey by the current dean

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