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Each year, we welcome over a million visitors to experience this remarkable site. Founded in 960AD, with the current building over 700 years old, this living, working church is a place of worship, celebration and ceremony, and is steeped in British history. We’re generally open Monday to Saturday for visiting, and hold regular services to which all are welcome. We have a very short prayer on the hour for our visitors to pause and reflect.

What to see and do at the Abbey

Here is our selection of Abbey highlights.

Top things to see and do

Services

July 2019 SunMonTueWedThuFriSat  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Sunday, 21st July 2019 Fifth Sunday after Trinity8:00am Holy Communion Nave The Book of Common Prayer said 10:00am Morning Prayer Quire said with hymns 11:15am Sung Eucharist Quire sung by the Iken Scholars

Setting: Scarlatti Missa Clementina
Motet: Victoria O sacrum convivium
Voluntary: Buxtehude Praeludium in E BuxWV 141

Preacher: The Reverend Mark Birch Minor Canon and Sacrist

3:00pm Evensong Quire sung by the Iken Scholars

Responses: Smith
Canticles: Parsons Great Service
Anthem: Victoria Vadam et circuibo civitatem
Voluntary: Byrd Fantasia in C

Preacher: The Reverend Anthony Ball Canon in Residence

5:45pm Organ Recital Nave

William Fox St Paul's Cathedral

6:30pm Evening Service Nave said with hymns

conducted by The Reverend Dr Tony Kyriakides Priest Vicar

EVERYONE'S WELCOME AT THESE SERVICES, FREE OF CHARGE.

Events at the Abbey

We host a number of public events, including concerts, lectures and special services throughout the year. Many of these are free and open to the public.

What’s on today

Food & drink at the Abbey

Whether you want a hot meal, light snack or traditional afternoon tea, you'll find it in our Cellarium Café and Terrace, or at the Kiosk.

Take a break

Shop at the Abbey

We sell a range of merchandise inspired by the life, history, architecture of Westminster Abbey and its location in the heart of London. You can shop online and have your order shipped worldwide or collect your items at the Abbey.

Visit our shop

Abbey gardens

Even our gardens are historic, with the oldest said to have been cultivated for 900 years. There are four gardens open for you to enjoy from Tuesday to Thursday.

The story of the gardens

Tours at the Abbey

Multimedia guide

You receive a free multimedia guide when you visit the Abbey during normal opening hours. The guide is available in 14 languages plus visually impaired tours. You can easily download the guide to your phone or mobile device.

Read more

Verger-guided tours

For 90 minutes, you'll be guided by one of the Abbey’s vergers. Running several times a day, these tours are in English only and include a visit to the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor (not open to general visitors) as well as the royal tombs, Poets’ Corner, the Lady Chapel and the nave.

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It’s very hard not to be enthusiastic working at the Abbey. If this place doesn’t make you smile I don’t know what will.

Valerie - Foundation Director

Westminster Abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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

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