As a world heritage site, museum and an active place of worship,
when you visit Westminster Abbey, you experience one of the most historically significant places in the UK.
Westminster Abbey was founded in 960AD by Benedictine monks and held its first coronation in 1066.
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Westminster Abbey has hosted royal coronations, weddings and funeral services for some of the most famous people in British history. It’s also the final resting place of 17 kings and queens, and hundreds of notable figures from politics, literature, the military and aristocracy.
What to see. Poet’s Corner and the three gorgeous gardens are a must-see.
The Abbey is still a well-attended church with daily services but has embraced the digital age with various ways to share worship and religious instruction via technology. However, nothing can replace sitting in its atmospheric spaces, experiencing the echoes of over a thousand years of tradition and religious reverence.
Westminster Abbey was founded in 960AD by Benedictine monks and held its first coronation in 1066. However, the iconic Gothic structure you see today was the vision of Henry III in 1245.
Important visitor information Normally, the Abbey is open year-round, seven days a week. Due to social distancing and other COVID safety measures, it is currently operating limited opening hours for visitors.
Please book tickets for Westminster Abbey online.
On occasions, the Abbey is open for services only, and the best time to visit Westminster Abbey for quiet prayer and contemplation is Monday to Saturday, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm.
When you visit Westminster Abbey, you're heading into the heart of London’s city centre, so transport options are numerous.
It's on various bus routes (see for the latest timetables) and you can get to the Abbey using the Jubilee, District and Circle Lines on the Underground (disembarking at Westminster) or the District and Circle Lines (disembarking at St James’s Park).
The nearest National Rail stations are London Victoria (0.8 miles) and London Waterloo (0.8 miles) and the postcode for car journeys is SW1P 3PA.
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As a world heritage site, when you visit Westminster Abbey, you experience one of the most historically significant places in the UK.