Westminster Abbey, London
Categories: Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
Ever since William the Conqueror's coronation here in 1066, Westminster Abbey has remained one of England's most important religious and ceremonial sites. Every English and British monarch after William also received his or her crown here. More than 600 monuments and memorials in the abbey honor famous Britons. The current building is over 700 years old. Note the many intricate details, including stained-glass windows, tapestries, monumental sculptures, and flying buttresses. Spend extra time in Poets' Corner, where poets and writers such as Rudyard Kipling and Charles Dickens are buried. After you finish walking around the abbey, head down to its museum. The oldest part of the complex, it contains many royal and religious artifacts and displays wax effigies of past monarchs. You can use a complimentary audio guide you or hire a verger (a layperson providing services to the church) as a guide for a small extra fee, an option which can provide rich context to your visit. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Westminster Abbey by using our London trip itinerary maker.
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The abbey is roughly 1000 years old and holds graves/remains of numerous famous inidivduals- Numerous kings/Queens Winston Churchill Grave of uknown soldier Issac Newton & Scientists Handel & other mu... read more »
There were long lines waiting to get into Westminster Abbey. A very, very long line for those waiting to get in without London Pass, and a very long line for those that did have London Pass.Maybe it w... read more »
Debo confesar que me encanta visitar este tipo de lugares; en base a eso, debo mencionar que esta iglesia es majestuosa y maravillosa.. la historia se siente en cada rincon y eso es fabuloso. En cada ... read more »I must confess that I love to visit such places; based on that, I should mention that this church is majestic and wonderful... the story is felt in every corner and that is fabulous. In each corner can be felt as England was born and grew up, in the light of the narration of the audio guide, which is included in the price. At this point I have to mention that the negative is that you must wait in the queue to enter for a considerable time if one has acquired the london pass; However, if you do not want to wait, you can buy the entrance only to the Abbey (not as part of the mentioned london pass) in web page of the site and you will pass more quickly without making the long tail. For the others, is a beautiful place that you should not miss!show original
If you wanted to inspect all of the monuments and burials in there it would take you a lifetime. The coolest part is the poets corner, where tourists will find familiar monuments to famous writers. The coronation chair is cool-it's been around since the 1300s. The architecture is stunning-especially in the "lady chapel"
Fascinating building and a great part of British history. It does get quite crowded, but if you book tickets in advance (even up to noon on the day you want to visit), then you can just bypass the huge queue. No need to print your ticket either, just show them on your phone. Inside, the audio tour points out the most important parts, but there's signs and guides for everything else. It's still a working cathedral, so make sure you check ahead as it closes for national events.
Bryon Blake West Dyk III Hamburger
England true beauty and the grace of my cherished Church. Magnificent architecture breathtaking surroundings. Noble Ministers and proper etiquette in our standards in our members of church. Defenders of the truth my faith. Dreams of being married there in holy matrimony only would be a dream come true.
Westminster Abbey couldn't be more historic. It is where so many Royal weddings, funerals and state occasions have occurred throughout British history. Poets Corner was one of my favorites. The crypts of so many of Britain's famous individuals lie within the walls. On one of the columns near the entrance hangs a United States Congressional Medal of Honor bestowed in honor of Britain's WWI Unknown Soldiers. An amazing visit for anyone who loves history. Major John André, the British Intelligence officer (Spy) from the American Revolution who tried to assist Benedict Arnold in the surrender of West Point was hanged in 1780 at Tappan, NY. Major André was caught by three Continental Army soldiers who were given the "Fidelity Medallion" commonly known as the "André Medal" by General George Washington as reward for Major André's capture. Major André's was originally buried under the gallows in NY. His body was re-interred in 1821 in Westminster Abbey's Heroes corner.
We attended Sunday choral evensong which was very enjoyable. We were very disappointed upon leaving to be quickly ushered out. We had the feeling that it was inappropriate to ask questions even. I know we hadn't paid admission but a little time leaving would have been nice.
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