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The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries

High above the Abbey floor, the Galleries in the beautiful 13th century triforium display our greatest treasures and tell the story of our thousand-year history.

Hidden for over 700 years

Discover a secret space never open before to the public.

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A new experience

Climb the Weston Tower to the Galleries – it’s all part of your visit.

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The Galleries

Essentials

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The Galleries are a medieval space where room is limited so admission is by timed ticket (adults £5.00, children under 17 free), which is bought in combination with an Abbey entry ticket.

Opening times

Monday-Friday: 10:00am-3:00pm
Saturday (September to April): 9:30am-12:30pm
Saturday (May to August): 9:30am-2:30pm
Sunday: Galleries closed, Abbey open for services

The Galleries close one hour after the published closure time.

Galleries highlights

The Liber Regalis

The 14th century Liber Regalis is a guide to staging coronations and royal funerals at the Abbey and still forms the basis of royal ceremonies today.

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Galleries highlights

Henry VII effigy head

Modelled on Henry VII’s death mask, the king’s effigy head is stunningly lifelike and all that survives of his funeral effigy which was carried on his coffin. There are 21 funeral effigies, from the 14th to early 17th centuries, in the Galleries.

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Galleries highlights

Royal marriage licence

The royal marriage licence for HRH Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton, on display for the first time.

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Galleries highlights

The Westminster Retable

A remarkable medieval treasure, England’s oldest surviving altarpiece is thought to have been the centrepiece of Henry III’s Abbey.

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Galleries highlights

The Litlyngton Missal

A magnificent Latin manuscript, one of the largest surviving English medieval manuscripts, richly decorated with coloured inks and gold leaf. Some of the pages have now been digitised so you can turn the pages.

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Where are the Galleries?

The Galleries are 16 metres (52 feet) above the floor of the Abbey. Your journey starts at the Weston Tower. See amazing views of the Palace of Westminster and the medieval Chapter House on your way up – it’s all part of the experience.

A lift is available for those with reduced mobility.

Members of the Association go free

When you join the Abbey’s Association you get free entry all year round to the Abbey and the Galleries as well as discounts, special events and other benefits.

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Galleries guidebook

Discover more about the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries in our beautifully illustrated guidebook. This 64-page book, written by members of Abbey staff, introduces the exhibition and its principal treasures.

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Thank you to our generous supporters

The Dean & Chapter of Westminster is grateful to the many generous supporters who helped us to build the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries.

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There really isn’t a more spectacular building to work on. It’s been one of the most gratifying and rewarding experiences of my life.

Kevin - Galleries Project Manager

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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