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

Your London Explorer Pass includes . . .

  • Entry to the 'Abbey Museum' and gardens
  • A free multimedia guide
  • A visit to the tombs of Charles Darwin, Elizabeth I, and Charles Dickens

Westminster Abbey has seen royal history in the making – it's where 16 royal weddings have taken place and almost every British monarch's coronation, including Elizabeth II's. Step into the gothic abbey church and walk in the footsteps of many kings and queens throughout history.

You'll explore the venue's amazing period architecture – vaulted ceilings, sculptures, and stained glass windows that throw rainbow-colored light across the room. Tour Poet's Corner and the Nave, and see the strange life-like effigies on the tombs of poets, scientists and royals. The free multimedia guide will give you all the facts, history and information you need while you explore, and it's available in 14 languages.

After you've ticked off the interiors, head outside to take some time out in the pretty College Gardens which are said to be the oldest cultivated gardens in the UK.

Westminster Abbey Highlights

  • The Coronation Chair – made for King Edward I, the coronation chair has been used at the coronation ceremony since 1308 and is one of the oldest pieces of furniture in England.
  • Poets' Corner – one of the most popular and best-known parts of the abbey, explore the hundreds of tombs and memorials of some of the most famous literary figures in history. Over 100 poets and writers are buried and commemorated here, including Geoffrey Chaucer, Robert Browning, Charles Dickens, and William Shakespeare.
  • The Nave – completed in 1517, the Nave houses the coronation chair, the memorial of Sir Isaac Newton, and the Grave of the Unknown Warrior – an anonymous British soldier who represents the thousands killed in WWI.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Did You Know

  • 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 Chapter House has one of the oldest doors in the world, dating back to 1050.
  • 16 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'll see schoolboy graffiti from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Using your London Explorer Pass

Present your Explorer 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's Park - District and Circle lines
Westminster - Jubilee, District and Circle lines

National Rail Network:
Victoria Station

The London Explorer Pass is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Choose to use your Explorer 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

Closed:

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

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Address:

Abbazia di Westminster Londra SW1P 3PA

Telephone:

020 7222 5152