Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey
4.5
Historic SitesArchitectural BuildingsChurches & Cathedrals
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.
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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  • BLTBoston_MA
    Central Florida, Florida36 contributions
    Buy the Verger experience
    We decided to pay a bit extra and signup for the Verger Tour. Well worth it and highly recommend this addition to the main ticket price. It really made our experience fun and even more informative. Our guide was Benjamin, who really put a lot of energy and insight into the tour. Anyone could tell he really loves and appreciates the Abbey. The Abbey may be centuries old, but it comes alive with not only those interred so long ago, but also for the people of our times, such as Stephen Hawking. We toured with a British friend who had never been to the Abbey. She loved the tour as well. Very impressive.
    Visited October 2022
    Written 12 December 2022
  • emma d
    Detroit Lakes, Minnesota12 contributions
    A MUST see!
    I was fortunate enough to go to a service and it was like nothing I've ever experience before. You can just feel the history and culture surrounding you. Such a special place. I absolutely recommend visiting and if possible going to the 5pm musical service, you won't regret it.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 20 December 2022
  • Domoda
    170 contributions
    Beautiful and interesting
    Having booked ahead we were quickly shown through the entrance area. The Abbey was very busy but it didn't feel overwhelming. Lots of knowledgeable guides around to answer questions. So much to see that you need a few hours to experience even partially. Will definitely need to go back.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 27 December 2022
  • Ali
    19 contributions
    Fantastic Abbey
    What a beautiful and interesting Abbey. Having seen so the Abbey so many on TV it was great to see it myself. I thought that names of people on the flag stones were great. We read most of them. It was very busy when we arrived so it was not a place of quiet reflection but a place well worth a visit. Enjoyable visit.
    Visited July 2022
    Written 29 December 2022
  • Peter M
    Melbourne, Australia1,301 contributions
    Westminster Abbey
    I wrote a review BC-Before corona) and now visited it again in June 2022.Westminister Abbey is in the City of Westminster near Buckingham House and Trafalgar Square It is a historic, mainly Gothic church and is one of the United Kingdom's most notable religious built. It is a burial place for historical figures like Charles Dickens and kings and queens. Royal weddings and coronations also take place here. The church was originally part of a Catholic Benedictine abbey, which was dissolved in 1539. It then served as the cathedral of the Diocese of Westminster until 1550, then as a second cathedral of the Diocese of London until 1556. The abbey was restored to the Benedictines by Mary I in 1556, then in 1559 made a royal peculiar—a Church of England church responsible directly to the sovereign—by Elizabeth I. The building was founded in 960AD but the building today dates from the 1200s under King Edward V111
    Visited June 2022
    Written 31 December 2022
  • hjhoosier
    San Antonio, Texas424 contributions
    Worth the time to explore!
    Stunning cathedral. I’ve visited many in Europe and this ranks at the top. It’s also very cool to see all the famous people buried here. Not just kings and queens, but folks like Roger Bannister and Stephen Hawking. Plan to spend at least one hour here if you want a thorough tour.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 December 2022
  • Arthur M
    Hamilton, Canada1,038 contributions
    Glad to see a part of royal history
    Westminster Abbey is one of the iconic churches of Europe and glad to have visited it. It looks stunning across all angles, you can't take a bad shot of it. There is also a gift shop underneath that sells religious paraphernalia and the surrounding area is just as pretty as the church itself.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 2 January 2023
  • Bill O
    5 contributions
    Don't miss Westminster Abbey
    Don't miss an opportunity to tour Westminster. Check opening times and get there early....otherwise, you'll wait on long lines. Audio tour for 20 pounds. You can skip it if you just want to walk around, self-guided. You're a block away from Big Ben and the Thames.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 5 January 2023
  • JrnyJunkie
    Cleveland, Ohio949 contributions
    Well worth the outrageous admission price.
    The admission price is prohibitive, but it is well worth it to see all of the history and to experience the beauty of the Abbey. We had a light lunch in the cafe…over priced and under serviced like most everything in London. We paid the additional 5 pounds to tour the Jubilee Tower…this was well worth it…really interesting and less crowded so we were able to view and read the displays at our own pace. The Royal effigies are unique.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 January 2023
  • Boroukee
    Dublin, Ireland205 contributions
    Such an interesting historic place to visit
    Westminster abbey is such an interesting place to visit. From walking the famous black and white flooring to seeing all this people buried there, royalty, icons and geniuses. It was a really interesting visit. I would suggest arriving as soon as it opens as we did. It was still very busy but they queue outside when we were leaving was going around the block.
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 January 2023
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Steph
Toronto, Canada166 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
Super busy for a Monday morning- this church is iconic and popular. I got an audioguide, which was super worth it. Most of the staff were lovely (maybe 2 cold ones, but most were super chatty/happy to answer questions about the place/give directions). A somber church for the most part as many people are buried there, but it's full of history and has famous tombs. Nice to pay my respects to folks including Anna of Cleves and Stephen Hawking. The Queens Diamond Jubilee Gallery felt kind of a rip off- you have to pay an extra 5Euros to see it. I feel like it should just be included in the ticket, but meh, to each their own. Worth it if you're a history buff and want to see every inch of the place. The cloister gardens are lovely and worth a walk to the back of the abbey.
Written 6 December 2023
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crawmac
29 contributions
Dec 2023 • Friends
National memorial to the great and good rather than a spiritual religious building. It was a privilege to be able to see the tombs of historical monarchs. The day we visited there were so many people we shuffled round without time to dwell long on any of the sights. A maelstrom near the entrance and It wasn’t clear about the one way system until we were told off for being in the wrong direction. There were numerous monuments with no signage to explain who they were, which was disappointing. (The audio guide only explains about the monarchs). Staff handing out and collecting the audio guides were unfriendly. Too many guided tours amongst the throng and the tour guides shouting explanations were a stressful background to our visit. In the end we could only cope with an hour in the place and so missed much of the history and beauty.
Written 3 December 2023
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Jane-Marie M
Bechtelsville, PA47 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Expect crowds-it very popular and rightly so. The unique architecture, historic value, and burial place honoring famous royals, scientists, writers, inventors, politicians, military and medical personage make Westminster Abby, a religious World Heritage Site, a sightseeing spot on most bucket lists. Take the time to stroll and examine the surroundings. Ignore the crowds and enjoy the experience. Highly recommend that you read/research the background of Westminster Abby so you know where to find what you want to see. It's huge!
Written 27 November 2023
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Andrew M
Everett, WA92 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Behind the scenes tour. The tour guide was amazing. came all the way from Seattle to see this and Howard made it worth it!!
Written 25 November 2023
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Hockeydad900
La Canada Flintridge, CA374 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
An essential part of any trip to London. A magnificent church but it functions less as a church than as a place for public ceremony (coronations of the British monarchs) and public memorials (the burial place and memorial site for much of English history since the Norman Conquest). It was very crowded when we were there and hard to see some things or to spend any time in contemplation.
Written 25 November 2023
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raez52
Brisbane, Australia108 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
finally got to see where the royals were married, the history is amazing with this abbey, it still amazes me how it was built before machinery and still standing, here is a hint, please get your tickets online prior, there is a huge line up for this place, i tried without success to get tickets online, but you can when at the front of the line go inside and purchase tickets, you could honestly spend hours here there is so much to see and well worth it
Written 10 November 2023
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Kimkf2014
Denver, CO291 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
This is an absolutely beautiful church. B sure to purchase tickets well in advance. Highly recommend visiting.
Written 27 October 2023
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Kelsey P
San Rafael, CA80 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
We had a somewhat different experience of Westminster Abbey as we arrived after it had closed to the public, so we did not get to "tour" the church but attended the Evensong service. I am not religious but it was very moving to hear the beautiful choir singing in the halls where people have done the same for hundreds of years. The service is free, lasts about 35 minutes and photography is not allowed. We didn't get to see the whole church but it was a nice way to take a breath after a long day of sightseeing. Highly recommend!
Written 26 October 2023
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nowpacking
Dallas, TX2,637 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Allow several hours or more because there is just too much to take in!
The stunning Abbey is covered in incredible workmanship that is unrivaled. Get the headset to help have just a bit of information of what you are seeing. The different chapels, alters, monuments and endless architectural wonders almost never cease! The ceilings and floors will take your breath away. Try to attend a service or evensong to grasp the holiness that is inside!
This is a vibrant and beautiful house of God! Please be respectful of services, prayer times etc.
Written 24 October 2023
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melanie r
19 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Amazing. Plan to spend hours to see it all. Queens Jubille tickets are well worth the 5 pounds. Do not go without a ticket and time reservation. Skip the ques and book online.
Written 24 October 2023
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Westminster Abbey admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost S$49.83, while a popular guided tour starts around S$4.46 per person.



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