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Attending a service

People from all over the world visit Westminster Abbey to join our services, which form part of a tradition of daily Christian worship dating back to the tenth century. Here we answer some of the questions you might have about them.

When do services take place at Westminster Abbey?

Our regular service times are:


8:00am - Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
10:00am - Choral Matins
11:15am - Sung Eucharist
3:00pm - Choral Evensong
5:45pm - Organ Recital
6:30pm - Evening Service

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

7:30am - Morning Prayer
8:00am - Holy Communion
12:30pm - Holy Communion
5:00pm - Choral Evensong


7:30am - Morning Prayer
8:00am - Holy Communion
12:30pm - Holy Communion
5:00pm - Evening Prayer


8:00am - Holy Communion
9:00am - Morning Prayer
3:00pm - Choral Evensong (September-April)
5.00pm - Choral Evensong (May-August)

Locations and details of services may change at short notice. Please check for the latest details closer to the time you’re visiting.

Do I need to pay to come to a service at Westminster Abbey?

No, there’s no charge to attend a service at Westminster Abbey.

We take a collection at Sunday services, with the money going to nominated organisations and charities. You are welcome to contribute.

Who can attend a service at Westminster Abbey?

Everyone’s welcome at all our regular services. There’s no charge, and you don’t need to reserve a seat – but we suggest you arrive well before the start time.

For most of our special services, attendance is by invitation only. You can apply for free tickets to some special services, check our special services listings for details.

You’ll also need tickets for some of our popular Christmas services. Free tickets are usually available from mid-November.

Where do I enter Westminster Abbey when I come to a service?

For most services, you’ll use the Great West Door, which is on The Sanctuary. If you’re not sure where to enter, please ask a member of staff.

Is there a dress code at Westminster Abbey?

We don’t have a specific dress code, but for services we ask you to dress in a respectful way and that gentlemen remove hats. Also, please bear in mind that it can be quite cold inside the Abbey during the winter.

Can I visit Westminster Abbey for private prayer?

Yes, you can come here for private prayer during visiting hours, free of charge. When you arrive, ask one of our Abbey Marshals about entering for private prayer, and they’ll show you inside.

All visitors are welcome to light candles in front of the icons in the Nave of the Abbey.

Can I pray at the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor?

Shrine prayers are said regularly in the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor, and all visitors are welcome.

Can I speak to a chaplain at Westminster Abbey?

Many people come to Westminster Abbey seeking God’s forgiveness, healing and wholeness, as part of their journey as followers of Jesus Christ. We offer the Sacraments of Reconciliation (confession) and the Anointing of the Sick (with laying-on of hands) to anyone who wants to receive them.

When you arrive, tell one of our marshals you’d like to speak to the duty chaplain, and they’ll show you the way.

Can clergy visit Westminster Abbey?

We welcome serving clergy free of charge during visiting hours. Please come to the North Door entrance and speak to one of our marshals.

Members of the clergy from any denomination in the UK can also apply for a church pass. This lets up to four members of your congregation visit the Abbey free of charge during visiting hours. You can use passes up to six times a year. Please note: church passes are available only to UK parishes and chaplaincies.

For more information about clergy visits, please contact:

Tiggy Sawbridge, Canons’ PA
020 7654 4805
[email protected]

Is Westminster Abbey part of the Church of England?

The Abbey has a distinctive role within the Church of England. It is neither a cathedral nor a parish church, and it stands outside the normal jurisdiction of bishops and archbishops. It is instead a ‘Royal Peculiar’ – the status granted to it in 1560 by Elizabeth I, under which the Dean and Chapter are directly answerable to the Sovereign.

Today's 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


You are surrounded by history at the Abbey, not like a museum where it’s just displayed, but here you are standing where history has happened.

Gerlinde - Abbey Marshal

Westminster Abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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

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