Westminster Abbey

Enjoy access to Westminster Abbey, the site of the Royal Wedding, Britain's official coronation church and UNESCO World Heritage Site

The London Pass London Pass Benefits: Access to Westminster Abbey Normally £23.00 - Included with London Pass

Visit Kate & Wills' wedding venue, Westminster Abbey, the coronation church of the British monarchy since the 11th century

Just a short walk from the Thames, Westminster Abbey is a must-see and a significant structure in British history. This beautiful gothic church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site popular with many visitors to London. Complete with paintings, stained glass windows and other religious artefacts, Westminster Abbey owns the most important collection of monumental sculpture anywhere in Britain.

 

Westminister Abbey Highlights

  • Charles Dickens, Geoffrey Chaucer, Dr. Samuel Johnson and Charles Darwin are buried in the Abbey.
  • The Abbey’s history is made up of famous Kings and Queens, as well as renowned poets and priests – even heroes and villains were embroiled in its past!
  • Memorials for Isaac Newton and Stephen Hawking in Scientists' corner.
  • Westminster contains impressive statues and monuments from the Virgin Mary holding a baby Jesus to the grave of the unknown warrior.
  • The Little Cloister which leads to College Garden, the oldest garden in England, where Abbey clergy live.

 

Did you know

  • In 2011 it was the venue for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
  • It’s been the nation’s Coronation church since the crowning of William the Conqueror in 1066.
  • The current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, was crowned on King Edward’s Chair, as has every monarch since 1308.
  • There are 450 tombs and monuments in the Abbey.
  • The Chapter House has one of the country's oldest doors dating back to 1050.
  • If you look closely, the walls are littered with schoolboy graffiti from the 1700s-1800s.

 

Don't miss

Sermons

The life of the abbey revolves around worship; Morning Prayer, Evensong and the Eucharist. The services are open to the public of any religious denomination.

Music

Westminster Abbey has been actively musical since the monks of the tenth century, to the daily choir singers of today, the Choir of Westminster Abbey. The earliest pair of organs were installed in 1304 in the Lady Chapel. Some of the most celebrated British musicians, organists, singers and composers have been linked to the Abbey throughout their careers.

Bell Ringing

Since the first established bell ringing group in 1255, the Brethren of the Guild of Westminster, the bell ringers of today are comprised of a volunteer group who ring on special occasions such as saint’s days, church festivals and Royal and Abbey anniversaries.

Flag Days

On top of the North Tower, constructed between 1722 and 1745, sits a flag pole which flies various flags throughout the year for different occasions. The flags consist of; the Commonwealth Nations, the Flag of St Peter, the Abbey Flag, the Union Flag, the Flags of the National Saints, the Royal Air Force Flag, and the Royal Standard.

 

How to get there

  • Westminster Abbey is situated in zone 1 of the London Transport Network so your travel will be included in your package if you opt for The London Pass with Oyster Travelcard.
  • Admission to the Abbey is through the West Gate of the North Green.

 

Make the most of your London Pass®

  • Enjoy a multimedia guide, available in 14 languages.
  • The Abbey is one of the most popular attractions in London. Beat the crowds by arriving early in the morning, after 1pm in the afternoon or from 4.30pm on Wednesdays (late opening).
  • For more things to do in London, visit the London Pass® blog.


The busiest times of the year are April to September, Easter, Christmas and New Year

The Abbey is subject to closure for ceremonial events and services, sometimes at short notice – please check the website or call 020 7222 5152 for up to date closure information. 

  

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Getting to Westminster Abbey

Getting to Westminster Abbey

  • Westminster Abbey Westminster Abbey London SW1P 3PA
  • Closest Underground Station St James' Park
  • Closest Bus Stop Stop V & R: Route 11 24 148 211 N11 N44 N136
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour Stops Red Route - Stop 18

Opening Times

May - August
Monday 09.30 – 15.30
Tuesday 09.30 – 15.30
Wednesday 09.30 – 15.30*
Thursday 09.30 – 15.30
Friday 09.30 – 15.30
Saturday 09.00 – 15.00
Sunday Open for services only
Last Admission: 1 hour before closing
September – April
Monday 09.30 – 15.30
Tuesday 09.30 – 15.30
Wednesday 09.30 – 15.30*
Thursday 09.30 – 15.30
Friday 09.30 – 15.30
Saturday 09.00 – 13.00
Sunday Open for services only
Last Admission: 1 hour before closing

Closed:

*The Abbey also opens on Wednesdays from 16.30-  18.00
Please note that not all areas of the Abbey are open at this time and that the media guide is not available.

Please check our Closure & Notices page for changings in opening hours and closure dates.

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