Kings and queens, statesmen and soldiers; poets and priests, heroes and villains - Westminster Abbey is a must-see living pageant of British history.

A short-walk from the Thames and around the corner from Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey is a must-see London landmark that embodies centuries of British history. 

A beautiful gothic UNESCO World Heritage Site, Westminster Abbey has been the nation's coronation church since William the Conqueror in 1066. It is also the burial and memorial place for some of history's most famous figures. The church was also thrust into the limelight as the wedding venue of the Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Kate and Wils!

From beautiful interior architecture and paintings to stained glass windows and religious artefacts, Westminster Abbey owns one of the most important collection of monumental sculpture in Britain. With thousands of graves and memorials, pay homage to some of history's most iconic names, from intellectuals such as Charles Dickens and Sir Isaac Newton to royals such as Elizabeth I and Henry V!

Every year, the Abbey welcomes over a million visitors wanting to discover the country's iconic 700-year-old building, with thousands more joining for worship during the church's regular services.

Please check our Closure & Notices page for changings in opening hours and closure dates.

Highlights

  • Poet's Corner - Over 100 poets and writers are buried and commemorated here such as Geoffrey Chaucer (who was the first writer buried in Poet's Corner in 1400), Robert Browning, Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare.
  • The perpendicular gothic style and iconic fan vault ceiling in the Henry VII Chapel, commonly known as the Lady Chapel.
  • King Edward's Chair or St. Edward's Chair has been used at every coronation since 1308.
  • The Little Cloister leading to the College Gardens, which is the oldest garden in England and where the Abbey's clergy staff still live.
  • Thousands of memorials and burials of royalty, political, scientific and historic figures such as Elizabeth I and her half-sister Mary I, scientist Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and more.

Did You Know

  • The Abbey was the venue for 2011's Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton
  • Westminster Abbey has been the Coronation Church since the crowning of William the Conqueror in 1066, with 38 coronations taking place and the most recent being on 2 June 1953 for Queen Elizabeth II.
  • The Chaper House has one of the oldest doors in the world, dating to 1050
  • 17 royal weddings have taken place at Westminster Abbey with the most recent being on 29 April 2011 for Prince William and Kate Middleton
  • If you look closely at the Coronation Chair, you will see schoolboy graffiti from the 18th and 19th Centuries

Don't Miss

Sermons
Westminster Abbey is still a working church and includes daily services in its schedule. From Morning Prayer and Evensong to the Eucharist, these services of worship are open to the public.

The Coronation Chair
Made for King Edward I, the Coronation Chair has been used at the coronation ceremoney since 1308 and is one of the oldest pieces of furniture in England.

Poet's Corner
One of the most popular and best-known parts of the Abbey, explore the hundreds of burials and memorials of some of the most famous literary figures in history.

The Nave
Completed in 1517, the Nave houses the Coronation Chair, the Grave of the Unknown Warrior, an anonymous British soldier who represents the thousands killed in WWI and the memorial of Sir Isaac Newton.

The Lady Chapel
Considered the last great masterpiece of Medieval English architecture, the Lady Chapel features a magnificent fan-vault ceiling with carved pendants and houses the shared tomb of Elizabeth I and her half-sister Mary I.

Using your London Explorer Pass

Present your pass at the main entrance.

The Abbey is subject to closure for ceremonial events and services, sometimes at short notice - please check the website or call 020 7222 5152 for up to date closure information."

How to Get There

London Underground

  • St. James' Park (District & Circle lines)
  • Westminster (Jubilee, District & Circle lines)

Victoria Station (National Rail Network)

The London Explorer Pass is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Choose to use your pass for Westminster Abbey, then look to the list of other top attractions for your other Explorer Pass admission choices!

Monday 09.30 – 15.30
Tuesday 09.30 – 15.30
Wednesday 09.30 – 18.00
Thursday 09.30 – 15.30
Friday 09.30 – 15.30
Saturday 09.30 – 15.30
Sunday Open for services only
Last Admission: 1 hour before closing
September - May
Monday 09.30 - 15.30
Tuesday 09.30 - 15.30
Wednesday 09.30 - 15.30
Thursday 09.30 - 15.30
Friday 09.30 - 15.30
Saturday 09.30 - 13.30
Sunday 09.30 - 15.30

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Address:

Westminster Abbey London SW1P 3PA

Telephone:

020 7222 5152