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. For travelers who use our international travel planner, London holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Westminster Abbey and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
Tours to Westminster Abbey
$44 BOOK WITH VIATOR Tootbus Must See London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Thames River Cruise
Duration: 2 days
$139 BOOK WITH VIATOR Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade
Duration: 9 hours
$147 BOOK WITH VIATOR London In One Day Tour with Changing of the Guard with London Eye option
Duration: 9 hours
$87 BOOK WITH VIATOR The London Pass with Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Access to 80+ Attractions
Duration: 1 to 10 days
$49 BOOK WITH VIATOR Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise
Duration: 120 to 150 minutes
$83 BOOK WITH VIATOR Historical London Walking Tour in Westminster & Churchill War Rooms Entry
Duration: 2 hours
$53 BOOK WITH VIATOR Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament Tour in London
Duration: 2 to 4 hours
$139 BOOK WITH VIATOR Tower of London and Afternoon Tea at Westminster Abbey by Vintage Bus
Duration: 8 hours
$125 BOOK WITH VIATOR Skip the Line into Houses of Parliament & Westminster Abbey Fully-Guided Tour
Duration: 3 hours 45 minutes
Westminster Abbey reviews
I hadn't visited Westminster Abbey for over 20 years, and returned as photography is allowed once again inside most of the building. Due to Covid, pre-timed visits are currently in force as it... more »
We went to the Abbey when it opened so it was lovely and quiet when we first went in. We paid extra to go up to the gallery and it was so worth it. The view is fab and there are some great exhibits... more »
The great knowledge shown by our tour guide. She seemed to know everything! A joy to have such a well informed person as our guide more »
First of all in order to enter in a low cost if you are a tourist, make sure you have the London Explorer pass that grants you free access to a specific amount of attractions. With this pass we had a fast pass entry to the Abbey, which did not really have such a long line or waiting time, compared to other touristic places in London. They offer you headphones with a small interactive device, so you can have a tour at your own pace and understand everything you see around, that was really nice and we enjoyed it a lot. It took us more or less an hour in order to see everything.
Absolutely enormous, with a chapel inside the chapel. I was very impressed by the Poets corner and the Lady' Chapel ceiling. Pictures are not allowed inside but you can visit the surrounding area and still took some. I totally recommend a visit especially because of the extremely useful information contained by the audio guide. I spent a lot of time in the quire area to listen all the details.
This is truly an amazing building. Spectacular gothic architecture (make sure you pay the extra £5 for entrance to the "queen's gallery" at the top of the Abbey for a thrilling view and a gorgeous collection of artifacts, including authentically costumed effigies of monarchs. The architecture alone is worth the price of admission, but then there's all the history that's happened here over the past 1,000 years. The audio/video tour is included in the price, well-designed and easy to use, and full of fascinating facts. If that's not enough, just ask one of the many friendly and knowledgeable docents. Plan on spending at least two hours here... you could really spend all day! Ask if there's an Evensong service so you can hear the choir. My one complaint is that photos are not allowed. I know this is a religious building, and during services it seems reasonable that they're not allowed. When there are no services, it doesn't seem reasonable. Then again, there are millions of photos online so if you can't take a photo you can still find one to remember it by! TIP: Make sure to buy your tickets online in advance so you're clear on opening hours and times. TIP: MAKE SURE TO VISIT THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT NEXT DOOR. Stunning building and more incredible history. It's only open on Saturday.
My girlfriend insisted we do this tour and I was not expecting the expanse of history and knowledge kept in this place. It was great to see the impressive sculptures and graves all throughout the church. The audio guide was a great way to learn all about the abbey's history and what's enclosed within the walls. We wont be forgetting this anytime soon.
Plan to attend for a free service or event; a must see. One of the most immaculate places of worship in the Western world. Many legends throughout history have been honored with tombs/burials on the grounds, and that is one of the most interesting things to take in and read about inside. The best time to be in London is Christmas, try to get in queue for the Evensong! (no pics allowed but everyone captures one or two, please be smart and sensitive about it)
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