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How to get there
- Nearest tube: Westminster (Jubilee, District and Circle Lines) and St James's Park (District and Circle Lines)
- Buses: 11, 24, 88, 148 and 211 stop near to the Abbey
- The Abbey is situated on the south side of Parliament Square, opposite the Houses of Parliament
IMPORTANT: Your ticket is open dated but will not be accepted between the 15 June – 31 August.
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9.30am - 3.30pm
- Wednesday: 9.30am - 6pm
- Saturday: 9.30am - 3.30pm May - August; 9.30am - 1.30pm September - April
Closed dates / changes to opening times
Please be aware Westminster Abbey is a working place of worship and is therefore sometimes closed for special services and events. Click here for closed dates in 2015.
Opening times are subject to change at any time. You are advised to call 020 7222 5152 to check opening times before your visit.
- Guided tours with vergers run 4-5 times a day, and can be booked on the day of your visit for a small additional cost (approx. £5)
- Free children’s trail available
- Wheelchair access available
- The Cellarium Café onsite serves traditional English breakfasts and afternoon teas (not included in ticket price). Booking in advance is advised, please call 020 7222 0516
Stunning history and architecture
- Dating back to the 8th century, glorious Westminster Abbey is filled with over a thousand years of fascinating history
- The existing Abbey was constructed in the 1200s . Additions have been made over the years, including the iconic western towers by Nicholas Hawksmoor, a student of Sir Christopher Wren
- The architecture is regarded as some of the finest in the world; by turns imposing and intricate, with a medieval, Gothic style
Ceremonies, kings and queens
- Hundreds of monarchs have been crowned, married, buried and remembered at the Abbey, including Edward the Confessor, and George VI, the modest king made famous in The King’s Speech
- See the coronation chair where 35 monarchs have been crowned, including the current Queen, Elizabeth II
- The spectacular Henry VII’s Lady Chapel is a masterpiece of architecture with a spectacular, ornate roof. Beheaded Mary, Queen of Scots is buried here, feet away from Elizabeth I, the very queen who ordered her execution!
- The funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales took place at the Abbey in 1997 – attendees included Cliff Richard, Hillary Clinton, Margaret Thatcher and Nelson Mandela
- 16 royal weddings have been held at Westminster Abbey. Prince William married Kate Middleton here in 2011 – you can even relive the magic and stand in the exact spot where she became the Duchess of Cambridge
A beautiful resting place
- Over 3,000 famous men and women are buried at the Abbey, including politicians, scientists, writers and musicians
- In Poet’s Corner you’ll find the tombs of Chaucer, Dickens, William Blake, Rudyard Kipling and Lord Tennyson, to name but a few, as well as shrines to Emily Bronte, T.S. Eliot, Shakespeare, Jane Austen and many more
- Handel and Sir Isaac Newton are also buried feet away
- The Abbey Museum showcases the Abbey’s collection of sculptures and monuments to the dead
- Here you can see the monument to Catherine of Valois – a queen whose coffin once lay open at the abbey for 200 years, and became a tourist attraction itself!
- From Tuesday to Thursday, you can visit the tranquil College Gardens, a true hidden gem behind the Abbey
- Over the years the gardens have been home to fruit trees, vegetable plots, beehives and ponds, as well as medicinal herbs grown to treat the residents of Westminster
- A stone wall built in the 1300s still stands today, as do ornate statues from the 1600s, once tended to by the monks who lived in the nearby Chapter House