Visiting the Abbey

logo-1For a detailed disabled access guide to Westminster Abbey, please visit the DisabledGo website.

The Abbey is a working church and so some recommendations and guidelines are set in place to achieve balance between worship and visitors’ needs. Following are some points to be aware of before you visit.

  • Some areas of the Abbey may be dimly lit.
  • Much of the Abbey floor and steps are uneven so sensible footwear is advised.
  • Low doorways access to some chapels.

People with restricted mobility, hearing and sight can still enjoy services and are always welcome to come to the Abbey to worship. Abbey Marshals (in red gowns) and honorary stewards (at Sunday services) are always pleased to help you with any assistance you may require.

If you feel that any of the information in this section has not dealt with your special requirements we will be pleased to answer any queries or concerns that you may have.

Visitors with children

We warmly welcome children and young people to the Abbey - although we don't recommend a visit for pre-school-age children. A Children's Trail, in English, is available free at the information desk as you enter the Abbey, and children are able to dress up as monks in the Museum.

Lavatories and baby-care

Lavatories are situated in the exit near Poets' Corner.

Photography and mobile phones

Photography and filming (pictures and/or sound) of any kind is not allowed in any part of the Abbey at any time. As a visitor, you are welcome to take pictures in the Cloisters and College Garden for personal use only. Postcards showing the interior of the Abbey are available to buy in the Abbey shop.

The use of mobile phones is permitted in the Cloisters and College Garden. Please keep mobile phones switched off within the Abbey church.

To find out more about commercial filming and photography, please visit our Press section.

The Abbey Shop

The Abbey shop is located outside the West Door as you exit the Abbey. A selection of souvenirs, postcards, books and gifts can be purchased.

Dress Code

Please remember when visiting us that Westminster Abbey is a Church and a place of daily worship. We ask our visitors to respect this, and to show sensitivity in the way they are dressed.

Very short shorts or skirts or very brief tops are not acceptable for ladies. Shirts and at least thigh-length shorts must be worn by gentlemen. We also request that gentlemen remove their hats while in Church.

There may be occasions when Abbey staff will ask visitors to wear a wrap if we think a visitor’s dress is not suitable for the Abbey

Entrance Security

It is not be possible to enter Westminster Abbey, either for worship or as a visitor, with large or bulky items of luggage. Similarly, it is not possible to bring into services bags, rucksacks or suitcases that would not be classed as hand luggage on aircraft. Left luggage facilities are operated at Charing Cross and Victoria stations, both of which are within walking distance of the Abbey. The Dean and Chapter also reserve the right to search smaller bags before granting access to worshippers and visitors.