About Westminster Abbey:
Edward the Confessor officially founded Westminster Abbey in 1065 as his place of burial. Since then Westminster Abbey has been the burial place of many royals and influential people such as Sir Isaac Newton and Queen Elizabeth I.
Westminster Abbey is one of the most popular tourist attractions in London. It's the UK's principle Coronation Church and is the place where most British monarchs have been crowned and married. This architectural masterpiece features a towering Gothic nave, under whose pendant fan ceiling you will find many of the Abbey’s six hundred plus memorials.
- All Year Round | Except Sundays, Easter and December 25 (Worshippers Only).
- Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri: 09:30 to 15:30.
- Wednesday: 09:30 to 18:00.
- Saturday: 09:30 to 13:30.
Westminster Abbey Address:
- 20 Deans Yd, London SW1P 3PA.
Audio Guide Languages:
- English, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese, Italian, Magyar, Japanese, German, French, Russian and Korean.
Westminster Abbey | What You'll See:
Westminster Abbey has been the traditional coronation site for English monarchs since William the Conqueror, and the burial place of kings, queens, statesman, poets and philosophers - the Abbey is a must-see living pageant of British history. During your visit keep an eye out for the following highlights:
The Nave’s Memorials:
One of the many things that makes Westminster Abbey special is the memorials located throughout the nave. Walking through it gives you a brief yet tantalising insight into British history. You will also find one of the oldest surviving portraits of an English monarch. An array of different memorials span the nave, each displaying a significant historical figure or event.
William Shakespeare in the Poet’s Corner:
Westminster Abbey’s south and east walls are lined with statues of poets, an area better known as the Poets’ Corner. There’s a long list of poets and writers being commemorated here. Even if you are not a literature enthusiast you're likely to be familiar with William Shakespeare or Charles Dickens. Your audio guide will provide an interesting summary of the corner's best-known laureates.
Tombs of the Royals:
Westminster Abbey is a place where royals and English monarchs get laid to rest. The Royal Chapel of Henry VII contains the tomb of both himself and his Queen, and boasts some of the Abbey's most remarkable architecture. Others laid to rest or memorialised here are Queen Elizabeth I, Mary Tudor and the Air Force Chapel dedicated to the fallen in the Battle of Britain.
The Cloisters contains many other tombs as well as the famous Jerusalem Chamber in which King Henry IV died in 1413. The Dean’s Yard and the College Garden are adjacent to the Cloisters, allowing easy access to these fascinating areas.
The Chapel House:
The Chapel House is an octagonal chamber which holds notable features like a Roman sarcophagus, figures of Christ in Majesty and the Virgin Mary. This is also the place where Parliament met from the mid 1400’s to the mid 1600’s.
These are just some of the highlights Westminster Abbey has to offer. Pay a visit, grab your audio guide, and experience some of the richest examples of royal and British history anywhere in London.