Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey
4.5
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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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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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  • ladawncp
    Windsor, United Kingdom395 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very crowded but awe inspiring
    It was a bit of a slog around because it was so crowded but it’s definitely difficult not to be amazed at the sheer weight of history in the iconic building. It’s odd that some people complain about their lack of historical knowledge and expect the building to resolve that. No. Read up before you go. Be prepared to be humbled in the presence of world changing history and architectural magnificence.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 June 2023
  • Boonstra
    Leesburg, Virginia288 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Evensong Beauty
    We went to an evensong service. They are at 5pm and free to attend most days. The choral singing was so beautiful, I can’t describe it. You don’t sit in the main area, but it is beautiful nevertheless. Highly recommend it!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 June 2023
  • Wayne G
    Troy, Michigan23 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take a Tour if Available
    The audio guide was cumbersome; not very helpful unless you're in no hurry and are really into the details. Was interesting to look around, find some familiar names. 90 minutes was plenty of time, for us.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 27 June 2023
  • Campbell M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden Highlights Tour
    We were lucky to have 2 tickets to the Hidden Highlights tour given to us for Xmas. What an amazing tour where you’re taken to places in the Abbey that the general public aren’t allowed. We were part of a small group (14) with a very knowledgable and friendly guide and would thoroughly recommend paying the extra to do this tour.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Phyllis L Haugarth
    Plano, Texas14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    AMAZING!
    This was one of my favorite places to tour while in London. We were surprised to see all of the various people who have been buried there. It was also very impressive seeing the inside of the areas that we US citizens usually only see on TV during some significant event of the Monarchy. We visited just after the Coronation of King Charles and it was interresting to see the actual places where everyone sat, where the choir was and the actual 'throne' where the Kind sat.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 2 July 2023
  • martimbe
    Alexandria, Virginia96 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must-See (but also a Must-Prepare)
    Definitely worth visiting this magnificent site. It feels gigantic and fills you with awe. You will have a more enjoyable, rewarding experience, however, if you get a little help, either with a guided tour or an audio tour, or both, as one fellow reviewer found. The signage leaves a lot to be desired. Some tombs aren't marked at all, and you may found out later what you missed, or you may not...but in the moment, you just wonder who is buried there. At least study your guidebook in advance of your visit, marking your items of interest or making a separate list with their locations so you don't miss them. I was very frustrated walking through, especially with the millions of other people there (during King George's coronation), who may have been hiding signs I missed. The space is so vast that it's hard to keep oriented to where you are, relative to the map in the brochure, because there are no signs corresponding to areas on the map. Also, pack a lot of patience and be prepared for a lot of people playing with their phones while standing in front of or on top of things you want to photograph. I'm glad I went and would highly recommend seeing it, but I wish I'd prepared on my own before my trip. If you know what you are looking for/at and aren't dependent on the signage, you'll have a much better experience.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Tash H
    32 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful but crowded
    Westminster Abbey is very big and has so many things in it to see. There is an incredible range of sculptures, paintings and memorial plaques to see, as well as the ornate building, doors and furnishings. Inside the Abbey, it is set up as a one way path which helps you go through all areas and keeps crowds under control (and crowds there were!!). However, it felt a bit like a cattle run and made it harder to take time where you wanted. We arrived about 30 minutes before our ticketed time to go upstairs so had to skip parts of the path in order to make it on time - although the ticket checker for upstairs didn't seem too fussed on the time so you may be able to be less rushed. It's beautiful and historic, and central to other attractions, so worth a visit. Allow 2 hours or more though.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 July 2023
  • grimble7
    Skegness, United Kingdom101 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good couple of hours
    Very busy even at 9.30 in the morning. Wanted to go on a verger tour but the lady in front of me had TEN tickets..not fair she should have booked for a group...used the headset instead..ok but not as good as the tour. The coffee shop is lovely and staff helpful and friendly...asked for a weak coffee and got one!! If you like this abbey you need to go and see Lincoln cathedral... beautiful!!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 July 2023
  • Denise O
    Torrance, California236 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Avoid the crowds and go to onto the newly opened balcony!
    I shall be America and call the newly openly display area, the balcony! It's worth the extra pounds to get entry to newly opened area above the choir. First, it's much quieter. (Warning - the main floor of the Abbey is a zoo - reminds me of the Vatican - full of people staring into their iPhones.). The balcony is open, wonderful displays and well worth the extra time and minimal costs.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 4 July 2023
  • MJandDC
    Creve Coeur, Missouri401 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Westminster Abbey - Worth a visit, but only so-so on the add ons
    We really enjoyed our visit to Westminster Abbey last week! Our tickets were purchased on the Abbey website for both the tour and also the Diamond Jubilee Galleries above the Abbey. You cannot take photos, so the beauty is really in walking around to take in the grandeur and vastness of Westminster. We found that the Diamond Jubilee Galleries did not add much to our experience, but the 5£ add-on was nominal (if we could take photos it would have been a wonderful vantage point from above). Be sure to wander around to take a look at all that your ticket/tour will let you see. There is an exhibit on King Charles' Coronation that was held here in May 2023 - it was a little light on content or photos, but still worth the five minutes it took to walk through. We did also stay for the choral performance of Evensong that evening. Evensong is a full 45 minutes so be prepared and get your tour tickets late in the day if you want to do both. (NOTE: Evensong is not performed every day and there is no charge. You do have to queue if you are not already in Westminster Abbey for a tour.) As a spectator you get to sit in the choir loft for the performance, which was a treat. Overall, Westminster Abbey is definitely worth a visit even if you can only check out the outside. The architecture is incredible and you can get some amazing photos that include Westminster Abbey, Parliament, Big Ben, and the London Eye in a single shot!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 7 July 2023
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Catherine L
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
A magical & awe inspiring experience.
How could you not be moved & humbled, in the midst of such incredible history & splendour.
Yes it’s busy & you really should book tickets in advance (on the day tickets were sold out by lunchtime) but this is a magical experience. It feels so familiar, having seen so many very grand occasions here on tv.
The atmosphere is magical & the sense of more than 1000 years of history palpable.
Stay for Evensong if you can. We had a wonderful, relaxed lunch in the Celarium restaurant. Highly recommended. Lots of knowledgeable staff throughout the abbey who were fantastic & so kind helping my elderly Mum everywhere we went (taxi’s will deliver you almost to the door & wheelchairs appear like magic if you need one). Special thanks to Florence.
Written 16 June 2024
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wanderlust0316
Fort Worth, TX5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
I wanted this to be an amazing experience but it simply wasn’t. Don’t get me wrong, it’s gorgeous inside but the sheer crowded nature of the tour really stole the joy. You are packed in and have to go a certain way. It’s very difficult to see the different memorials and burial sites due to crowds. Poets corner was very cool but we couldn’t even get into the lady chapel due to lines.
The staff though was very helpful when my husband had a bit of medical emergency.
For the price of the ticket, I expected better crowd control.
Written 15 June 2024
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FM
London, UK91 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
The circus is in town.
Over tourism is today's plague, it can destroy a city or a monument. By visiting WA it is exactly what you are paying for. Thousands of visitors can be admitted every day. (The number is deducted from tickets available on line). Resulting in a very crowned space and for what?
I knew they were burials there to be seen but the effect is more like catacombs . Sepultures are everywhere. You walk on them, you lean on them and I won't be surprised if I sat on one of them too.
You will say those buried there were famous! But they were not always, most are clergymen, old / young aristocrats unknown from every one. And us visitors , mostly obliged to be there as groups, are looking at them dispassionately while trying to get out of view from persons talking pictures on everything dead.
You even fell sorry for the small group assisting to the ongoing service.
After 10 minutes, I wanted to get out.
In all that gloom, a beam of light when visiting the Jubilee Gallery (5£ more).
This is a quieter place with interesting displays and wooden mortuary dolls.
As summary, it is a place simply to avoid.
The merchants are still in the temple.
Written 14 June 2024
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FarAway739283
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
We went on a Friday afternoon, after trying to get in the day before on Thursday, only to be told they closed at 2:30 (we got there at 2:50). GO EARLY because there is so much to see!! We waited 30 minutes just to get in, and there's so many people inside. You could spend the whole day there - it's amazing.
Written 14 June 2024
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JFLeBlanc
Moncton, Canada5,025 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Recently visited here. Very nice place with tons of history. Was really nice to see it in person as I had seen it so many times on television. Worth the stop!
Written 13 June 2024
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jabberwockies
Mandeville, LA464 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
We had a great visit, the few employees we interacted with were very pleasant and helpful. No point in rehashing the thousands of prior reviews - it's a must-see if you're in London. Getting the tickets in advance was a huge help.
Written 11 June 2024
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markus2300
Jacksonville, FL139 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
This is a must see. It is so beautiful inside and filled with so much history. I never knew how old it was nor did I know how many were entombed in the abbey.
Written 11 June 2024
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Michelle R
24 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
I will compare & contrast Houses of Parliament to this experience. The entry staff in red were perfunctory at best and really disinterested and certainly not living hospitality. The audio staff were pleasant but the 3 standing chatting to each other should have taken their break and the topics of conversation to the tea room. They were not modelling reverence or respect. I was embarrassed for them.The entry set the tone for the rest of our time in the Abbey.

The audio was poorly organised & brief. You let too many people in at a time so it appears that making money is the purpose:: not educating & bringing people miindfully into a sacred space with grace. We do not need to be believers to show reverence. By contrast, the Houses of Parliament yesterday was respectful, peaceful & very informative. I respectfully suggest you look at their audio - it sets the tone & draws the listener into the physical space, history & the values using music with very clear instructions on where & how to move through the space as well as basic & extra information choices.

Today my husband sat down and listened to the audio, I persevered with the crowds but did not bother with some sections as they were so crowded.

I was very disappointed with the experience which was one I was most particular about attending. I wish I had simply gone to Evensong.
Written 11 June 2024
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Mary T
California120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
By all means, get there early & get signed up for the 'vergers' tour...even if you have to wait a bit. *this tour space is limited It made the whole experience worthwhile! You get a much more descriptive/interesting tour & learn so much more than with the audio tour. For the extra 10 pounds, it was well worth it. I cannot recommend it enough.
Written 9 June 2024
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Pratham D
Dublin, CA17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
It doesn’t matter what time you go, there are always tickets. However, it is a good idea to make reservations ahead of time so you can use the shorter line for entry. There is a complimentary audio tour which is worth listening to. However, the numbers for the tours are not always clearly labelled so sometimes you have to do it yourself. The alleyways can also be crowded as people are navigating their audio tour devices.
Written 8 June 2024
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