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London: Westminster Abbey (Attractions)

London: Westminster Abbey (Attractions)


Nearest Station: Westminster
Address: 20 Deans Yard, London, SW1P 3PA
Entry price: Adults – £20, Children (6 to 16) – £9, Concessions – £17
Typical opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 09:30 to 15:30. Occasionally open later until 18:00. Closed to visitors on Sundays and religious holidays.
Phone: 020 7222 5152
Website: www.westminster-abbey.org
Tickets: Get these directly from Westminster Abbey here to get skip-the-queue / skip-the-line privileges.

This incredible building began construction in 1245, but previous incarnations of the church have existed on the site since 960. Over the years, several extensions were added, eventually finishing in its present form 500 later in 1745 with the West towers.

Westminster Abbey has been home to coronations since 1066 when William the Conqueror was crowned at the site, and has been home to no less than eleven royal weddings, including most recently Prince William and Catherine Middleton.

Inside, the abbey is a magnificent work of art and the cloisters are equally worth a visit. Significant areas include the North Transept, the Sanctuary, the College Garden, the Tomb of Mary (Queen of Scotts), and Poet’s Corner.

Be sure to look out for the Coronation Chair that has been in use since Edward II in 1308.
Guided tours of the inside of the Abbey are available for £5 extra per person and last about 90 minutes. Multi-language audio tours are complimentary and available at the abbey entrance – alternatively there is app you can download on your smartphone.

The opening hours listed above are for visitors to the abbey. Services are free to all. On religious days such as Sunday, the Abbey is only open for services and not for visiting.
Most visitors will spend 90 minutes to 2 hours inside. Queues are lengthy for the abbey at peak times.

Buy tickets directly from Westminster Abbey here to get skip-the-queue / skip-the-line privileges. 

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