Westminster Abbey Tour
Explore this iconic landmark, where all coronations of English and British monarchs have been taking place since 1066. Learn about the structure which has been standing tall since 1245 through your audioguide, and see the resting place of 17 monarchs, along with the Coronation Chair and Poets' Corner.
- Visit this historic monument, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Learn about the structure, which serves as the traditional burial site of British monarchs, and also as the coronation church
- Walk down the aisles where Prince William and Kate Middleton got married in 2011
- Your audioguide provides you with all the information you need about this structure
Why You Shouldn't Miss This
One of London's oldest buildings, the Westminster Abbey boasts of stunning Gothic architecture and exquisite stained glass. This iconic structure has hosted 38 coronations, starting with that of William the Conqueror. It has also seen the royal weddings of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and Prince William. You will also get to see the Coronation Chair, which was created for King Edward I in 1296, and has since been the seat for the crowing of every monarch. To explore the Westminster Abbey is to take a trip back in time.
The Westminster Abbey was formed by Benedictine monks during the tenth century. Today, this site is visited by over a million people every year. The current structure was started by Henry III, who wanted it to be the site of his burial, and it is now one of the most important Gothic structures in the country. It is here that 17 British monarchs, and other exemplary figures such as Isaac Newton and Charles Dickens, are laid to rest. Apart from the Coronation Chair, you will also get to see Poets' Corner, named as such due to the number of poets and writer buried there. Your audioguide is available in 12 languages, and will give incredible insight into the architecture as well as historical importance of the church throughout the British Empire's reign.
- Food & beverages
- Pick-up and drop-off
Know Before You Go
- Photography is not allowed inside the Abbey.
- Visitors are not allowed to carry large suitcases or bulky items inside the Abbey.
Monday to Friday - 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Saturday - 9 AM to 1 PM (9 AM - 3 PM between May-August)
Sunday - Closed.
Please note that the Abbey closes for visiting one hour before the aforementioned times.
- Tube: The nearest stations are St. James's Park (District and Circle lines) and Westminster (Circle, District and Jubilee lines).
- Train: The nearest stations are Victoria and Waterloo.
- Bus: 11, 24, 88, 148 and 211 pass the entrance. 3, 12, 53, 53X, 87, 88, 109, 159 and 453 stop close enough for you to walk to the Abbey.
Some areas are unavoidably inaccessible to those permanently confined to wheelchairs. It is recommended that people using wheelchairs enter through the North Door.
Guide dogs are allowed at the Abbey.
What to Wear
Comfortable shoes are recommended as much of the floor and steps of the Abbey are uneven. While there is no strictly enforced dress code, please note that the Abbey is a place of worship, and it is better to be dressed modestly.
Easy to book. No complaints about the process.
There is a deep cultural root of Britain’s history associated with this church. I say visit the graves of some of the most renowned people on earth, spend some quality time engaging with the culture. There’s nothing more appealing than visiting a historic building with over 700 years of history. Interesting lesson learnt, while being easy on the eye. Recommend.
We took the audio tour; it was nice but didn’t feel personal. We were however bestowed by a friendly verger who agreed to show us around. He was amiable and funny; he gave us a lot of additional facts and it was worth the extra 5 pounds we paid him. We also stuck around to see the light show- this I highly recommend because most people don’t stick around for it. If I may comment on the café right across, I would recommend the bacon sandwiches there (THEY WERE TO-DIE-FOR)!
Your voucher will be emailed to you within 20 minutes of purchase. You must carry a printed copy of the voucher to the venue along with a valid photo ID.
The Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London
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