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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. 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.
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  • As an American that has been following the British for decades, it was so interesting to see the sites of so many Royal funerals. Tour is via headset so you can move at your own pace. 
    As an American that has been following the British for decades, it was so interesting to see the sites of so many Royal funerals. Tour is via headset so you can move at your own pace.  more »
  • Great experience, very moving! Only glitch was taking a panoramic picture, my husband was yelled at by two priests. They thought he was taking a video, which is not allowed. They were none too... 
    Great experience, very moving! Only glitch was taking a panoramic picture, my husband was yelled at by two priests. They thought he was taking a video, which is not allowed. They were none too...  more »
  • We just went in to see it and 2 hours later we immerged. Amazing palace of history and beauty. You could spend the whole day looking at the tombs and all the historical figures buried there 
    We just went in to see it and 2 hours later we immerged. Amazing palace of history and beauty. You could spend the whole day looking at the tombs and all the historical figures buried there  more »
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  • Westminster Abbey is one of the most beautiful historical sites situated in the heart of London. Steeped in more than a thousand years of history, Westminster Abbey is the final resting place of seventeen monarchs. The present building which dates mainly from the reign of King Henry III,  is one of the most important Gothic buildings in the country, with the medieval shrine of an Anglo-Saxon saint still at its heart. I would highly recommend a visit 👍
  • Not worth the entry fee. This should be free or by donation
  • The Hidden Highlights Tour is first class. You really do get to see hidden parts of the Abbey rather than just odd things you might not have noticed. The guide on the day I visited was called Daisy. She not only really knew her stuff but was engaging, amusing and judged the length of each section to perfection. Best £15 I have spent in a long time.
  • Big Ben is located right here and apparently it always has the correct time. You can also view the London Eye from the Westminster Bridge. Parliament is also right here. If you love architecture, this is the place to be. Westminster Abbey is the church where the people's princess was married. These three places are adjacent to each other.
  • Westminster Abbey is a beautiful cathedral situated right across from Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament on one side and the Supreme Court of Great Britain on the other side. Many Royals were crowned or married in Westminster Abbey. It is accessible from the subway station Westminster. If you are not able to pay the $40 entry fee then just tell them that you would like to light a candle to pay your respect and you will be allowed inside for a few minutes to say your prayers.

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