Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey, London: Hours, Address, Westminster Abbey Reviews: 4.5/5

Westminster Abbey
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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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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Grace T
Singapore, Singapore180 contributions
Defintely a place that you cannot miss!
Nov 2021
buy the tickets and went for a visit. And, it is really magnificent place to visit, though photography is not allowed.

Great place to see when you are in London. some parts of the Abbey is under renovation when i visited in Nov 21. you can easily spend around 1-1.5 hours here in order to really give a good tour of the place.
Written 30 November 2021
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doctorbobster
Gainesville, FL877 contributions
Church, Architectural Masterpiece and Historic Site All-In-One
Nov 2021
As someone totally disinterested in British Royalty, I approached a walk-through of Westminster Abbey with a bit of reluctance. The reluctance rapidly gave way to fascination and enthusiasm, so much so that I'd regard the Abbey as a must-see for anyone new to London (as we were.) Read on for details.

The gorgeous architectual detail on the outside is amplified by the interior of the abbey, as spectacular as any Gothic church I've seen. The space is massive with numerous side rooms and chambers. The features are endless, including grave markers of poets and scientists. The accompanying audio tour is valuable.

Future trips to London are certain to include a return visit to the Abbey.
Written 28 November 2021
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Cayugaice
Esperance3 contributions
Amazing
Nov 2021
It was very emotional being in the church where Princess Diane’s funeral was held. Also felt like a bit of Royalty being in the church that Kate & William were married.
Written 28 November 2021
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L S
Lincoln, UK89 contributions
Stunning.
Nov 2021
What a stunning place, such a lovely building, lots of people visiting. Buildings aren't built like this today.
Written 25 November 2021
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Jo A
7 contributions
excellent adventure
Sep 2021
well worth your time with the right guide use Private London Tours, great place to visit rain or shine
Written 17 November 2021
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Spud1128
New York City, NY66 contributions
A great visit
Nov 2021 • Couples
We used the London pass to visit the abbey in the afternoon. There was no wait, it was not crowded and we were able to take our time exploring the abbey while listening to the audio guide. A wonderful place to visit and learn about all the historical folks buried there and their impact on society. highly recommended
Written 12 November 2021
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Chelsea B
Milton Keynes, UK1,876 contributions
A staple London landmark
Jul 2021
An essential part of London History and such a stunning building, worth walking around and seeing from all the different angles
Written 8 November 2021
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Małgorzata S
West Midlands, UK28 contributions
Wort visit
Nov 2021
So many famous people buried there, so much history. At the same time is is quite expensive for what you get. Audio guide in multiple languages is a nice bonus.
Written 8 November 2021
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LQGuy
Napa, CA623 contributions
Royal history in one stop
Oct 2021
Aside from all of the other reasons to visit this icon, we found it to be a historical chronology of the monarchy, in addition to the absolutely incredible architecture.

We even ran in to The Dean of Westminster when we got lost, and got a brief tour of "off limits" areas, including the room where the King James version of the bible was written. A true highlight for our trip!
Written 7 November 2021
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LucyFelthouse
Derbyshire183 contributions
Worth the visit, a little pricey
Sep 2021
Having seen Westminster Abbey from the outside many times, we decided it was time to visit properly. We pre-booked as numbers were limited (though to be fair, there's plenty of room to social distance!). It's a little pricey, in my opinion, but still worth the visit for so much history and wonderful architecture. It's truly an awe-inspiring building and there's plenty to see and explore. It was just a shame you couldn't get a slightly better look at the coronation chair. I mean, I know it's priceless but it's inside a glass room and a little distance away so you could really see any detail. Regardless, the Abbey is still definitely worth a visit and I'd recommend it to anyone interested.
Written 4 November 2021
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Westminster Abbey is open:
  • Mon - Tue 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Wed - Wed 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thu - Fri 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Sat - Sat 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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