Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey, London: Hours, Address, Westminster Abbey Reviews: 4.5/5

Westminster Abbey
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
About
Westminster Abbey was initially built by Henry III in 1245 and it is one of the most important Gothic buildings of England. At first home of Benedictine monks, the coronation church since 1066 and the final resting place of 17 monarchs. It contains a treasury full of paintings, stained glass, pavements, textiles, books and various other artefacts plus the most significant collection of monumental sculptures of the UK. The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries in the Abbey's Triforium opened in June 2018. Explore over 1,000 years of history in this truly unique space, high above the Abbey floor.
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1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: Westminster
If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square, and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just up the road as well. As captivating as the architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.
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MerseysideTinkerbell
Merseyside, UK4,003 contributions
Lots to see and look for in this fantastic building.
Jul 2021
We visited in early July 2021, we hadnt booked and just qued up in the hope of being able to get tickets to get in as soon as they opened. We were lucky. We werent offered or they werent mentioned, audio guides but we saw others with them as we were going around and wish we had been asked as we had had been offered free ones in St Paul's when we had visited there and it did make it more enjoyable and interesting. We had already gone round quite a bit before we noticed other people with them so dont know if it was just for other languages and it was too late for us then to go and ask. As I say there is a lot to see and to me personally the building has been allowed to have too many tombs over the years which take away from the building especially the large ones. But still very interesting and lovely building.
Written 22 October 2021
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ElTouristo61
New York City, NY2,558 contributions
Absolutely Spectacular in Every Way!
Sep 2021
The Collegiate Church of Saint Peter at Westminster, or Westminster Abbey as it is lovingly referred to with awe and reverence is the most famous, historic, and stunningly beautiful building in all of Britain. If you had time to visit only one place in London then Westminster Abbey would be it as no other place combines the majesty, glory, history and story of Britain with such grace and sense of reverence. Sure, British history is filled with less savory periods and characters and they should not be forgotten, but a visit to Westminster Abbey is a chance to reflect on some of the best of Britain. There are some 3,300 people buried at Westminster among them some 16 monarchs, 8 prime ministers, Sir Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking, Geoffrey Chaucer, the unknown soldier, and one of my favorites, William Wilberforce – a politician who became a leading abolitionist in Britain and worked to end slavery. There are so many highlights to any visit to Westminster Abbey (Battle of Britain Window, Order of Bath Chapel, the lattice-work of the vaulted ceiling, the Coronation Chair, Poets Corner, the tombs of Queens Elizabeth and Mary, the stained glass window of St George and Archangel Michael, and the Statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr over the Great West Door as part of a memorial to 20th century martyrs), but I want to give a shout out to the relatively recent addition of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Galleries some 52 feet above the Abbey floor. The gallery offers unparalleled views of the cathedral (including Edward the Confessor’s grave) and contains some interesting museum pieces. Make sure when you order your tickets to the Abbey ahead of your visit add the Jubilee Galleries (a separate ticket) as no visit would be complete without both. Leave about 2-3 hours for your visit.
Written 18 October 2021
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John B
United Kingdom2 contributions
Great Experience
Oct 2021
Magnificent interior. Enjoyed spending my afternoon in the one of the oldest abbeys in the world. Recommending to visit!
Written 18 October 2021
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FLnurseER
Boca Raton, FL2,516 contributions
Stunningly beautiful
Oct 2021 • Couples
Oh what a breathtaking history! The site of every Coronation since 1066, 16 royal weddings, resting place of 30 kings and queens, and countless memorials to the famous and the great. Minimum 2.5 hours needed, not counting gallery upstairs. The Lady Chapel is overwhelmingly beautiful, especially the lace ceiling! The Corner of the Innocents is very touching, You can see the image of the little Princess Sophia in the mirror above her crib, the white urn contains the remains of the two murdered Princes from the Tower of London. Mary, Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I, the daughter of Henry VIII, Richard II with his Queen all have the most elaborate tombs. this is a must visit in London. The bathrooms are located towards the exit, and there is a café selling refreshments and hot chocolate right next door to the Abbey, and they have a fair prices.
Written 16 October 2021
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Trev F
Glasgow, UK5 contributions
Visited during recent trip
Oct 2021 • Couples
Attended here during a recent visit and done the audio tour. The Abbey was amazing. Seeing all the crypts of so many royals and their family along with other famous people. The architecture was stunning. There was also a service during our visit which was lovelly
Written 12 October 2021
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Debbie E
Colchester, UK58 contributions
So beautiful to look at
Oct 2021
Such a beautiful building. We walked around the outside just worth to have a look at. Didn’t have chance to go in, but would return for that
Written 10 October 2021
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GemsNI
Armagh, UK531 contributions
Absolutely WORTH a visit
Oct 2021
I was not expecting to enjoy this historic site as much as I did, but it was amazing. The wealth of history is staggering. Purchase an audio guide to give you more information, it's worth the additional few pounds. We spend over 2.5 hours here, taking our time, exploring the abbey, and at that we missed out on accessing the upper level due to time. Plan your visit and take your time finding the Kings, Queens, Prime ministers, scientists and poets, all either buried or plaques to recognise their life work. Brilliantly interesting.
Written 9 October 2021
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Digger
Plymouth, UK91 contributions
Impressive, beautiful and the rating place of so many significant people
Oct 2021 • Couples
Westminster Abbey is a stunning and dominant building in Westminster, even in comparison to Westminster Palace over the road. There are so many fascinating things located around this area of London, but the Abbey is one of the most beautiful. The history is overwhelming and the architecture is astounding, especially considering the time it was built. A truly amazing visit.
Written 6 October 2021
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kathy m
14 contributions
All new---really helped with the Monarchy and other loves of the Brits.
Oct 2021
Audio was helpful, a little confusing to me and plenty of staff eager to explain. Wish I had more time but guests were being asked to exit ~ 4:30p
Written 5 October 2021
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Lobraes
Chesterfield, UK99 contributions
Stunning place
Oct 2021 • Couples
A must see, stunning building with just so much history it’s hard to compromise. The stained glass and alter are breath taking. The audio tour was very informative and easy to follow as you walk around. Spent hours there soaking it all in. Highly recommend a visit.
Written 3 October 2021
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Westminster Abbey is open:
  • Mon - Tue 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Wed - Wed 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thu - Fri 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Sat - Sat 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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