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Westminster Abbey, London

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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 church is an architectural masterpiece with lots of famous and historical dead people inside like Isaac Newton, Queen Elizabeth and other royals and subjects. It is worth a visit. Taking photograp...  more »
  • Sure, it does cost about 20 pounds to enter, but I can think of much more money I've spent on worthless and boring Tours that did not have any of the Beautiful Architecture and History as the Abby. A ...  more »
  • With over 800 years of history keeps remnants and memories of great kings and notables that are constitutive of being English. Stacked and without giving breaths are the medieval kings, Newton, Darwin and Kippling! The building is very beautiful and has the magic of the coronation Chair. Very good the bar and to prices adequate worth it penalty pay the entry completely
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  • Amazing place. The most beautiful place all over london in my point of view. Very inspiring church. A bit pricey but there's a special price for students and it's worth every penny. A must-do attraction. Very kind staff members. I wish to go back and visit once again. There are no words to describe the feeling of that church. Divine and beautiful.
  • Beautiful cathedral. Whenever I have friends coming to for a visit at London, I'd bring them here all the time. I never got bored of visiting it either. Sometimes I'd just hang out around here with a book.
  • A very impressive cathedral, staff was wonderful. I was fortunate to visit during Remembrance Day. Thousands of crosses representing the British service members fallen were displayed. Incredible experience.
  • A really beautiful place indeed. But the crowd is quite displeasing. It is a famous place so yea, there will be crowd. To each his own
  • 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.