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Explore a place rich in history

Explore a place that's touched the lives of kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers, poets, priests, heroes and villains since 960AD. Westminster Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the resting place of more than 3,000 great Britons.

Visit the Abbey

We warmly welcome over a million visitors each year to discover over ten centuries of British history in this remarkable building.

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General information

Opening Times | Ticket Prices | Group Visits | Services

We’re open to visitors most days, but as Westminster Abbey is a living working church, we may need to close some areas off to the public at times.

You can view our full opening times to see which areas are open on the day you visit.

General opening times
Monday-Friday: 9:30am-3:30pm
Wednesday Lates: 4:30pm-6:00pm
Saturday (May to August): 9:00am-3:00pm
Saturday (September to April): 9:00am-1:00pm
Sunday: Open for services

How to get to the Abbey

The Chapter Office, Westminster Abbey, 20 Dean’s Yard, London, SW1P 3PA

Underground

Westminster (Jubilee, District & Circle Lines)
St. James’s Park (District and Circle Lines)

National Rail

London Victoria (0.8 miles)
London Waterloo (0.8 miles)

Buses

Find your best journey via the Transport for London website

Plan your visit

Our plan your visit page has everything you need to know about visiting the Abbey.

Plan your visit

Attend a service

For a unique experience, attend one of the Abbey’s daily services – check the listing to find one that suits you.

Service listings

Inside the Abbey

At the heart of the nation

A place for worship, celebration and ceremony, many of Britain’s most significant historic moments of the past one thousand years have happened here. Since 1066, the Abbey has hosted every coronation, and is the final resting place for the great kings, queens, poets, musicians, scientists and politicians of our past. We’d love you to come and take a look.

Our history

Welcome to the Abbey

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Welcome to the Abbey

Poets' Corner

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Poets' Corner

Top things to see and do at the Abbey

The Lady Chapel

Once called 'the wonder of the world', its glorious late medieval architecture, spectacular fan-vaulted ceiling and high stained glass windows continue to inspire wonder amongst those who visit it today.

The wonderful Lady Chapel

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Coronation Chair

One of the most precious and famous pieces of furniture in the world, and the centrepiece of coronations for over 700 years - it’s on display for all our visitors to see.

The precious Coronation Chair

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Poets' Corner

A place of pilgrimage for literature lovers, over 100 poets and writers are buried or have memorials here including William Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy, Charles Dickens, Ted Hughes, CS Lewis and Philip Larkin.

More than 100 great writers remembered

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The Queen's Window

David Hockney's first work in stained glass is a colourful country scene, commissioned to mark the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

A Royal celebration

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Pyx Chamber

One of the oldest surviving parts of Westminster Abbey, this low vaulted room off was built about 1070. The chamber still possesses its medieval tiled floor - and was once used as a treasury.

A medieval must-see

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Royal tombs

Westminster Abbey is the final resting place of seventeen British monarchs, including King Edward the Confessor, King Henry V and Queen Elizabeth I.

The resting place of royalty

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The Quire

Come to one of the daily choral services at the Abbey and you will hear our Choir singing from their stalls in the quire - continuing a tradition dating back to the plainsong chanted by the monks of the 10th-century monastic foundation.

Choral music at the centre of the church

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The Cloisters

One of the busiest parts of the Abbey in medieval times and where the monks spent much of their time. The Cloisters weren't just a route to the main buildings, but a place for meditation, exercise and annual rituals.

More than a thoroughfare

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Chapter House

Once a meeting place where monks gathered, this 13th Century building is covered with murals showing scenes from the Book of Revelation and the Last Judgement.

A meeting place with a long history

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Abbey gardens

Hidden within the walls of the Abbey precincts, our gardens been in cultivation for over 900 years. Once monks grew food and medicine here, today they are peaceful places for relaxation and reflection.

Relax in the Abbey gardens

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Modern Martyrs

Above the Abbey's Great West Door stand ten statues to modern martyrs - Christians who gave up their lives for their beliefs. Among them are Dr Martin Luther King Jr and St Oscar Romero.

The brave and heroic Modern Martyrs

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The Abbey and the Royal Family

Royal weddings

Kings, queens and royal visits

The Abbey has hosted many of Britain’s most significant historic events. It has been the coronation church since 1066, and we’ve held 16 royal weddings. 30 kings and queens are buried here.

Royalty

Famous names of the Abbey

More than 3,000 famous people are buried and many others commemorated in the Abbey, including kings and queens, writers, musicians, scientists, politicians, and noblemen and women.

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Support Us

Support from our visitors and donors helps us care for the Abbey and keeps us open as a living working church. We are independent and receive no funding from the Church, the Government or, the Crown. So, your help really counts.

How you can help

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Westminster Abbey was awarded the 2018 Hall of Fame Certificate of Excellence from
TripAdvisor which 'recognises 5 consecutive years of consistently-high ratings from travellers'.

We appreciate your feedback, so please leave a review of the Abbey on the TripAdvisor website.

It’s a privilege to live and work here – the Abbey really is the heart of the country and its history.

Martin - The Dean’s Verger

Westminster Abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Contact us

The Chapter Office
Westminster Abbey
20 Dean's Yard
London
SW1P 3PA +44(0)20 7222 5152 [email protected]

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