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. 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 VisitFee: You can view the outside for free, however there is an entry fee to explore the inside.
Address: Dean's Yard, London SW1P 3PA, UK
Phone: 020 7222 5152
Official Website: Westminster Abbey London
Ratedout of 5
Extremely beautiful cathedral.
Built in the Gothic style, it is one of the main landmarks of London.
In general, it's cool, but the entrance is paid, there are a lot of tourists. We were not inside because there was little time.
This is the city of coronation of all monarchs. Many famous people and royalty are also buried here.
Yeiva - 2 weeks ago
Beautiful abbey full of history. A must see in London. The tickets can be bought online with a time slot or at the door. In 2024 the cost is £29 per person. Parking is difficult. Opening time for visitors is 9:30 - 15:30 week days. Sat 9:00 - 15:00 closed to visitors on Sundays open for church services only.
carine - 2 weeks ago
Must see when in London. They are very well organized on dealing with the crowds and even though it was packed, there was no wait. They have a nice audio tour and lots of staff throughout to ask questions and help. They also had a moment of silence and offered for anyone interested to say prayers. So much history in that church.
Simone Harms - a month ago
What a wonderful experience. The Abbey is steeped in history. There is so much to see. The architecture is truly unique and the interior of the church is magnificent... stained class windows, towering ceilings and ornate tombs. Self-guided audio tours are available (narrated by Jeremy Irons)! There was a queue to see the different tombs but other than that, the crowd was fairly manageable. Definitely one of the must-see attractions in London. I used a London Pass to get in so I didn't have to queue for tickets.
Alan Yap - 2 weeks ago
Beautiful from the outside, and breathtaking beyond description on the inside. It is a working church that also serves as a memorial, with some tombs dating back to 1000 AD. Magnificent in every way, every square inch is ornately decorated, paying homage to past Royals, kings and queens, poets, (including Shakespeare!), dignitaries, and many other notable figures. Difficult to describe, we spent over two hours exploring, learning, and taking oodles of pictures.
Thankfully, we opted to pay a little extra to go up to the top floor, known as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Gallery . This L-shaped room wrapped around the interior core of the abbey, offering the best place to see the true grandeur of the church. (Sadly, though, no pictures were allowed.) The gallery served as a showcase of the history of the Abbey - its architecture, people, and priceless gems.
With the Abbey’s main focus of lifting up and sharing the message of Jesus Christ, you could feel the reverence and couldn’t help but be moved. What an inspirational, unforgettable experience: truly the highlight of our day. A MUST-SEE!
Heather Humphrey (Mrs. Humphrey) - 4 weeks ago
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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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