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Westminster Abbey

Broad Sanctuary, LONDON, SW1P 3PA

Westminster Abbey was originally a Benedictine monastery. In the 11th century, it was re-founded by St Edward the Confessor. The great Romanesque abbey Edward built next to his royal palace, became his burial place shortly after it was completed. Over the centuries that followed, many more kings and queens have been buried, and many great figures commemorated in the abbey. The Abbey has been the setting for nearly every coronation since that of William the Conqueror in 1066, and for numerous other royal occasions. The present building, begun by Henry III in 1245, is one of the most visited churches in the world.

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£20 (school ch £9, under 11s free, concessions £17). Family tickets available

Opening times

Open all year, Mon-Fri 9.30-3.30, Sat 9.30-1.30 (summer 9.30-3.30). Wed late night til 6.30 (last admission 1hr before closing). No tourist visiting on Sun, however visitors are welcome at services. The Abbey may close at short notice for special services. Please check website for full details
Average visit 1.5hrs




Assist dogs not allowed in Shrine

Assist dogs allowed all areas.


Partly accessible. Some areas dimly lit, floor and steps uneven, low doorways
Induction loop, wheelchairs, large print/Braille guides

Westminster Abbey
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Westminster Abbey


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Underground - Westminster, St James's Park. Next to Parliament Square and opposite the Houses of Parliament

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