WELCOME to Westminster Abbey

Welcome to Westminster Abbey! I am delighted you are visiting this website and hope to be able to welcome you to Westminster Abbey itself.

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Abbey events marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War including a candle-lit vigil, new exhibitions, talks and visitor trail.

Westminster Abbey's magnificent Harrison and Harrison organ takes centre stage in this series of five concerts given by Abbey organists and leading international performers.

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Visitor information

Kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers; poets, priests, heroes and villains - the Abbey is a must-see living pageant of British history.

Opening times

Friday 1 August:

Westminster Abbey: Open 09:30 - 15:30

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Worship

Friday 1 August

  • Morning Prayer
  • Holy Communion
  • Holy Communion
  • Evensong

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Music

Westminster Abbey has resounded to music every day for over one thousand years. Singing has played a hugely important role, from the plainsong Offices sung by the monks of the tenth-century monastic foundation to the daily choral services sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey today. Over the intervening centuries some of the most illustrious British organists, singers and composers have been closely associated with the Abbey, which continues to play a leading part in the musical and cultural life of the nation today.

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Events

No two days are the same at Westminster Abbey. There’s always lots going on, from special events and festivals, to lectures and debates, concerts to bell ringing. Find out more about what’s on this week and forthcoming events.

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History

Westminster Abbey is steeped in more than a thousand years of history. Benedictine monks first came to this site in the middle of the tenth century, establishing a tradition of daily worship which continues to this day.

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St Margarets Church

Standing as it does between Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, and commonly called "the parish church of the House of Commons", St Margaret's has witnessed many important events in the life of this country. This remains true in our own day but now, more than ever, St Margaret's welcomes many visitors from all over the world.

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Choir School

Westminster Abbey Choir School exists solely to educate and care for the 30 or so boys who sing as choristers in the Abbey Choir. The purpose-built school, set in the heart of the Abbey precincts, offers a complete preparatory school boarding education but tailored precisely to the needs of choristers. Academic lessons, musical tuition, sports, activities and games are carefully arranged around the boys’ various singing commitments to offer a unique educational experience.

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Keeping you up to date with what’s going on in the Abbey through website management, posters and publications, as well as handling film & TV production requests.

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Find out more about how the Abbey is funded and how you can help sustain one of Britain’s most iconic, and important historical buildings.

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